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Can 'too perfect' ever look ugly?

Asked by fuglyduckling (412points) July 19th, 2014

If something is spotless, or if someone is, aren’t they also ugly? Aren’t imperfections more sweet, loving?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I’m not sure that imperfections are what bothers me.

To me, “too perfect” means “artificial”. I figure that everyone has flaws. So if something appears to be flawless (that is, perfect) then it can’t possibly real. And if it’s not real, then it doesn’t reflect the real world, and I’m not happy with it.

This is especially true with people. If someone appears (remember, we’re talking looks here, not personality) perfect, then they can’t be real.

The other problem I have with “perfect” in terms of looks is – it can’t possibly last. So you start with perfection, and you are bound to be disappointed in the future when the imperfections appear.

ragingloli's avatar

Sure. Just look at Michael Jackson.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Michael’s looks haven’t changed appreciably since he died.

boffin's avatar

Not ‘Ugly’, maybe ‘uncomfortable’.

chelle21689's avatar

Not ugly but boring

Pachy's avatar

In the case of antiques like furniture or bric-a-brac, absolutely yes, perfect can be is the enemy of lovely.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Why are you so preoccupied with appearances. Pretty much all of your questions about about how people look.

zenvelo's avatar

I don’t think I have ever met or seen, even in the media, someone who is “too perfect.” Evaluating someone’s looks is a subjective exercise, what pleases me or that I find ideal is not the same for another.

So, no, “too perfect” is not ugly, and attempting to set that opinion is judging someone on appearance as much as valuing people solely on their looks.

DipanshiK's avatar

If you’re concerning to humans, there is no such term as perfect let alone beyond perfect.

Aster's avatar

Not sure what you mean by perfect. Possibly Wayne Newton wants to look either young or perfect by having repeated facelifts. The results of those surgeries being perfect or youthful looking are in the eyes of the beholder. My eyes tell me he looks frightening but I don’t know why. It’s just the way I see it.

FlyingWolf's avatar

Well fortunately there is no such thing as perfect. What one person sees as perfect another might see as infinitely flawed.

Kardamom's avatar

I think I know what you’re asking. I think some people can have proportions and skin and hair that seem to be perfect (at least in the US media’s version of perfect) like most of the models for GQ magazine, like This Fellow. He’s definitely not ugly, but he doesn’t seem to have any character either. He seems one dimensional and artificial. It seems especially so with most of the high end models, because they’re expressionless and almost look dead, or at least not happy.

Too me This Guy is perfect. Balding, gray-haired, jug-eared, crooked teeth and all. He is interesting and funny and he’s a dog lover.

This is why I love him.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Of course some people’s looks are perfect. Just look at me!

The only people who find us perfect looking people ugly are jealous people who are nowhere near the way we look.

As for Michael Jackson’s attempt to change his appearance, he never once came close to the perfect look.

You cannot attain perfection through cosmetic surgery. You must be born perfect * smiles.*

ucme's avatar

Mona Lisa

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Yup it can. For some reason small imperfections just seem to make beautiful people more attractive.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I wouldn’t necessarily say “ugly” but boring, certainly. I prefer someone to have an interesting look than a flawless look.

bea2345's avatar

A few weeks ago, watching TV, I saw this young footballer – he belonged to one of the local secondary school soccer leagues – who was extra, extra, good looking. He had a beautiful skin, smooth, without the slightest blemish, the colour of the very best dark chocolate. I said to my sister, that women would kill for a skin like that and she replied, “Just look at the rest of the team.” All had the same beauty and youth. Perfection, when it is encountered, can be enjoyed without reservation. It does not always last.

kritiper's avatar

Depends on who the person is who is looking at that beauty or imperfection. There are many beautiful women, but I don’t find the whole of them overly stand-outish.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion”.

The girls at /r/amiugly should take a lesson.

Araphel's avatar

I happen to find more beauty within things that are fractured, dead and one way or another, flawed.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Ohhh! You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness! Ohhh! Look out! Look out! I’m going! Ohhhh – Ohhhhhhhhhh!”

Pazza's avatar

A wise man once said,
“true perfection has to be imperfect”

Well, I don’t actually know how wise Noel Gallagher is, but I think theres some nutty truth to the lyric.

Afterall, it would seem to me, that perception is an entirely subjective experience.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Perfection is nice but I am also fond of a nice patina:

“Why pamper life’s complexities
When the leather runs smooth
On the passenger seat?”

This Charming Man by The Smiths

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