Beauty and the Beast that is Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Elizabeth Taylor died last week aged 79. She was breathtakingly beautiful, glamorous and wildly seductive. Not too much on her fine acting abilities or compassionate nature but, boy, was she hot hot hot. Hotter than Cheryl Cole or red Rihannah. Hotter than photo shopping itself.
Beauty, you see, conquers all. Especially on the silver screen. Queen Nefertiti would so be in a bra war with Megan Fox.
But i have been more transfixed with the size of Chesney Hawkes’s mole in Buddy’s Song or Barbara Streisand’s nose coming out of her face like something from The Mask. A 3D nose before we had to wear the glasses.
Vanity? Looks-obsessed? Maybe. Doctors call it Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or Imagined Ugliness Syndrome. They estimate up to one in 200 people suffer from it and sufferers ”â who are generally pretty handsome or handsomely pretty ”â believe they are hideously deformed and cannot be talked into thinking otherwise. Their nose is extraordinarily large, their breasts lopsided, their eyes bulgy, their penis too small, their skin resembling moon craters. Every tiny blemish is huge and disfiguring. They also notice imperfections on others. BDD has its roots in depression and scientists are investigating a genetic event and/or traumatic event from childhood.
I am currently writing my new feature film ‘Kick Bollock Scramble’ about the true story of Janey-Jo Jenkins who suffers from BDD and retreats to her bedroom and computer where the real ugliness begins. I suppose what attracted me to the story was my own battle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder ”â something I’ve managed to deal with thanks to a little rhinoplasty. However, my journey into screenplay writing and ‘GlamourWorld’ has and will take me into areas that I’m not comfortable being in. Networking especially leaves me fraught with insecurities and exposed physically. How i wish i could jump on-stage like Mr Popstar and not give a damn.
Sometimes i work with very famous and beautiful actors and actresses. On the whole, they are genuinely nice people and say really positive things about my work. But the next step in my journey will be to do more self-promotion in order to seduce the eye of an investor and this fills me with dread. Saying ‘look at me, look at me’ is not just me.
I suppose it is why i started up my film page facebook.com/galanides because i can hide behind it. I’d appreciate it if you took a look and press LIKE.
Thank you. And rest in peace, Elizabeth, you were truly beautiful in every way.