Children are beautiful and innocent, and it is fun to see them grow the way they are. Why do we need to enhance their beauty with mascara, rouge and lipstick?
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Powder Puff and cold cream jar
Eyebrow pencil lipstick too
Will make a beauty out of you!”
This is the advice given by six year old Tia Taneja to her little friend, while the two were excitedly getting ready for their classmates birthday party. Now, do I see a raised eyebrow or a naughty smile while you are reading this? There was Tia all dressed up in a pretty pink short skirt with high heels and golden purse in her hand; her eyes with mascara and lips well defined with lipstick and rouge on her cheeks.
I was shocked and tongue tied and did not know whether I should nod my head in agreement and admiration for Ms Tia Taneja aka budding Alia Bhat or whether I should feel sad to see that the childhood innocence had just got lost somewhere.
Where has all the innocence gone? When I see the dance shows, “Little champs and something like that”, I see little young girls and boys acting and dancing like grown up women and men, 3 times their age. They look like they are imitating their moms or dads and seem to be mocking the world of adults.
Why does the child need to be made up with makeup to look good? The running around in the garden brings the pink glow on the cheeks and the sight of puppies brings the gleam in the eyes. The sheer energy and wandering nature of the child makes a beauty of the child. She needs no lipstick, powder or cream to bring out the sheer attractiveness of innocent childhood already manifested in her.
Let our children be dressed simply, innocently and we can say
Twinkle, Twinkle my little star
How I wonder how innocent you are
Up above my world so high
You are like my diamond in the sky!