Yesterday I posted my thoughts on makeovers. Whilst I still stand by what I wrote then, today I want to add to it, because I think there is something about motivation that is worth exploring.
The Bishop of Gloucester started a campaign in 2016 called Liedentity which was looking at the impact pressures on body image were having on young people.
As a society we seem to becoming more concerned with image. Not helped by the use of Photoshop. If the purpose of a makeover is to “compete” with this then at one level I would want to say that it is unhealthy. If we recognise that our identity comes from God, like Justin Welby, then striving to make ourselves something else isn’t helpful. However, it is a tough ask to require people not to do things which will make it easier to find employment, or get paid more, or make them feel more confident.
The danger, perhaps, is if after all the effort it fails to have the desired impact.