When you think about it, nothing is original. Ideas, trends, movements, revolutions, and blogs are rehashed every so often in the history of mankind. It’s one of the reasons that older people are more relaxed, while people in their 20′s are so excitable. (Other reasons are that old farts know they’re dying, and twenty-somethings of today are fighting their natural instinct to procreate.)
Most trends come back around during one’s lifetime, so older folks are less likely to get worked up over ”the next big thing.” Movies are a great example:
Whippersnapper: Ooh, Ben Affleck and a bunch of other B-listers are in a great new movie called ‘Pearl Harbor!’ Let’s go see it!
Gray Balls: Eh, I saw ‘From Here to Eternity’ 35 years ago, I think I’ll pass.
Perception of beauty is the same. Styles and preferences come and go, but really the industry revolves around trying to come up with something “different.” Well “different” is relative, and luckily for the machine, our memories are short, so what is considered “different” is really just “not what we did last year.” Sophia Loren is beautiful? No, Mia Farrow is. No, Raquel Welch. No, Twiggy. No, Elle MacPherson. No, Kate Moss. No, Laetitia Casta. No, Cameron Diaz. No, Bar Refaeli…