Makeover!

Finally – I have some time to write about skins and SL makeovers! (Unfortunately I have time because our network is down for repairs, supposedly only for an hour. But I have things to do and I forgot (whine, whine) that the network was scheduled to be down. I’d just hit SEND when – wham – no connectivity. Bummer…..

First – to all my new and very very dear SL friends – do NOT take this the wrong way!!!! Try to remember when you were new and green and fresh off the farm! I positively LOVE that you are all helping me with makeovers and tweaking my appearance and all the other delicious and fun things you are teaching me. Please please don’t stop!!!

But….. and I’m literally smiling a big smile as I type this….. very few people in RL would say to me what I’ve heard the last 4 weeks. LOL – let me restate that – I HOPE that very few people would say (or want to say) to me what I’ve heard.

If you are reading this, then you probably saw the pictures I uploaded of myself in SL. (By the way – have you noticed that I’ve stopped drawing a distinction between “me” and Ahuva?? I have come across some very interesting discussions on self and avatar on other blogs, notably Botgirl Questi’s blog and Sohprosyne Stenvaag’s blog, specifically this one. Check them out.) If you saw my pictures and blog, you know that I thought I looked pretty darn good!!! Hot, even. You may have figured out that my RL appearance is not the same as my SL appearance. More than that about the differences I’m not prepared to say. It’s fun to change appearance. Especially to change appearance so easily!

I feel good about how I look. So WHY does everyone feel compelled to offer to make me over, change my hair, change my skin, change my clothes, change my walk?? LOL. Sometimes I feel like a Barbie doll. 🙂 People give me clothes, objects and animation overrides so fast I can barely get them into inventory!!!! People are always saying – Oh you should talk to X, X is great at make-overs. LOL. Um, what was so WRONG about my appearance??? Besides no eyelashes. My favorite was my male friend who pointed out that my eyebrows were WAY too large. Well hey, maybe I LIKE bushy eyebrows!!!!

Okay, I DON’T like how my eyebrows look. Looked. But to tell me that??? Can you imagine if he’d said that to me in RL? I don’t think so. 🙂 That would strain our relationship for sure. But in SL I simply smile and say “yes, I agree”.

Having said that I thought I looked pretty good and I liked how I look, I have to confess that I think I look even better now! I DO like the skin tones and the makeup and the eyelashes (no, I CAN’T let that drop) and all that goes with it. Changing skins is as simple as changing clothes. I stood there with C & D Monday night as C gave me skin after skin. They have fantastic names – Gluttony, Pride, Greed, Lust. LOL. I asked if there were any named Chastity, Hope or Innocence. The closest we came was Humility. Quite honestly – Gluttony looks WAY better than Humility! So I’m wearing Gluttony. LOL. As I modeled each skin in turn, D pointed out the similarities. That’s when C said “Pride is just Lust with different makeup”. That is – the skin color and all were the same, but the eye shadow and rouge and lipstick had changed. But I’m still sure that somewhere in that comment is a great philosophical blog. I’m mulling it over – don’t be surprised one day to find it here (probably the next time the network is down for an hour).

One other observation that fascinates me. And it hearkens back to my earlier comments about choices people make in SL and how those choices reveal so much about our RL selves (if both the observed and observer could interpret correctly). Someone went past me today. The avatar was shaped like many people I see in RL. There is no way that I would want to look like that if I didn’t have to look like that. It merely proves that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. And I’ve seen numerous avatars with humanoid shapes that look too much like RL shapes that I would think need, hmmm, work. (yeah, yeah, I’m being judgmental again. Strike work and write what I mean – need improvement.) So I am intrigued by what that says about them and what it all says about me. Because there’s no question that my reaction to such avatars is revealing tons about myself, but I’m not sure what. Or maybe I’m not sure “why”. 🙂

’m still extremely nervous about changing my appearance. Way back in the beginning I blogged about changing my appearance and getting it wrong and being gray and beige and black – all at once. And I’m still confused about my hair and why it disappears and I have to re-wear it. Some of it may be due to my connectivity issues (hey – if YOU’RE sick of hearing about it, think how *I* feel!!!) and some may be because I messed up my appearance during my first few days.

But I want to get myself into some private spot and swap skins and hair til I’ve tried on all the items in my inventory. I want to figure out if skins change the shape of my face as well as color & makeup. (hmmm – I have a friend with a nice beach house that I like to call home. LOL. Maybe I could go there to change. With only a cat to witness……). I want to try on all my outfits. I want to find a pair of jeans that actually meets the bottom of my shirt! I want to find the beautiful necklace C gave me that seems to have vanished from my inventory (can’t trust the inventory anymore – that’s one of the bad connectivity symptoms). I want to take pics of myself in Greed and Pride. I want to change my hair. In other words – I want to play!

And now I know why everyone in SL is always offering to help me with a make-over – because it’s so much fun!

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2 Responses to “Makeover!”


  1. 1 daleinnis July 28, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    🙂 Yeah it’s wonderful how much freedom we have to express ourselves by how we look. Looks reflect personality so much more in SL than they do in RL. One of the nicest sweetest generousest people I know in SL is roundish rather than slender and model-like, but whenever I see her I feel comfortable and happy. 🙂 It’s the way she’s chosen to present herself, for whatever reason, and it works.

    On the other hand when someone walks by as a huge-breasted woman with pencil-thin arms, or an eight-foot-tall guy with absurdly huge muscles, the assumptions that I involuntarily start making about them have more basis than they would in RL, because they after all chose to look that way.

    (Of course there are hordes of people who look more or less out-of-the-box, but even they can chose clothing and other accoutrements from a considerably wider range of conveniently-available stuff than we have in RL unless we’re amazingly rich, so even there the look says alot about the person.)

    One friend I know tells a story about how when she was new she was wearing a shape she designed herself, and some male “friend” said “you should go somewhere and buy yourself a nice shape”. Unfortunately she did that, rather than setting fire to him or something. 🙂 I think that’s just as rude in SL as it would be in RL. I made both my boy and girl shapes myself, and while they aren’t that far from SL defaults I’m very fond of them, tyvm, and wouldn’t take kindly to that sort of blatant criticism…

  2. 2 michelehyacinth July 29, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Oh Ahuva…I so relate to this post. When I was newborn (and actually a few weeks into SL), I kept “losing” my shape somehow much like you describe. I still don’t know what caused that to happen. Suffice to say, I became obsessive about copying my shape so that I always knew I could find it again if the “grey blob” attacked me again. When I was new, someone I hardly new told me my skin looked cartoonish. I thought it looked sweet, and at that time, some particular skin must have been very popular because, to me, the majority of the women looked alike and resembled Jennifer Anniston (who isn’t bad to resemble, but in a sea of women looking the same, I didn’t see much individuality). Even after I bought different skins and became actually quite fond of trying new skins (just as I became quite fond of new hair styles), I still kept my “cartoony” skin for the longest time. I did eventually shed it, but I did so when I was ready to, when it felt right to me to do so. I love this line from a John Haitt song: “Full-blooded woman dreaming, with the power just to be” …it’s something I’ve long-since adopted as my mantra. It speaks to me. I love that you are embracing your own power just to be…whoever you choose to be, and however you choose to look. Bravo, bravo.


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