Body language and expression are so much fun to explore with the experiment that I gave you in yesterday’s blog post about Lena Dunham. Yes, notice how Lena Dunham is proudly displaying her full-fake smile.
Here are results of that experiment for me. And then my conclusion. Before reading further, do check out this experiment on your own, following the steps at Lena Dunhams Best Fake Smile, reading one distinctive bit of body language and expression.
Expression research, Rose Rosetree’s version
Okay, here goes.
How I felt before doing the FULL-Lena Dunham distinctive fake smile
Strong, humanly (and nicely full after an especially good lunch)
Connected to the Divine, dependably, in the usual way — to be more precise, being the Divine in the form of Rose
How I felt after doing the FULL-Lena Dunham distinctive fake smile
Detached from myself. An extreme detachment.
A practiced facility at manipulating my image, my public face, as if putting on a show.
Looking through my face into my surroundings as if my face and identity were mostly a nifty piece of plastic that I could alternately despise and flaunt.
Most of all, feeling so very detached from my human life. As if engaged in performance art. Not just one performance or one mirror look or one way to pose for a photograph. More like having my entire existance being a ritual of performance art, which frees me to say or do just about anything. Just to watch what happens.
And I can’t resist mentioning
Making my mouth move into that expression was very challenging physically. I’m not an actress. I don’t do fake.
Making any kind of fake smile feels weird to me, and I had never done this kind of imitation before.
At first I giggled, it felt so embarrassing. Even making some failed attempts. Trying on Lena Dunham’s expression took quite a bit of contortion.
Then I got it, the facial position. Suddenly (and temporarily) I felt sick to my stomach.
Why do I think this way of smiling — and being internally — might appeal to members of Lena Dunham’s cohort… and others? Of course I’m aware that there are many reasons for loving Lena Dunham as a celebrity.
And that includes having peresonally smiled that way. Witness the lively comments about Lena Dunham at What Could Possibly Make This Person Tick?
Based on this smile alone, Lena Dunham would definitely seem fresh. Because she is the first celebrity I have seen who smiled in this particular way. Really, have you seen this look on anyone else?
As TV and movie viewers, we are used to seeing our performers two-dimensionally. This is one reason why anorexia seems perfectly “normal” to us these days, whereas you can find plenty of aura readings here at the blog of skinny celebrities where The Anorexic Ideal has been flagged, and not as a pleasant experience for the successful performer.
With smiles, we can enjoy what seems new and fresh because our craving for “different” is hyped up from all our screen time.
As for more ideas about Lena Dunham’s appeal
More than one Blog-Buddy commented at yesterday’s post that the same expression had been worn personally — and how that felt.
In general, one big reason for having fans is that they can relate to the particular celebrity.
Perhaps many in Lena Dunham’s audience are experiencing a similar (or somewhat similar) extreme detachment in life, laced with content. This is post-postmodern American life, after all.
And the content of her TV show, the willingness to discuss ANYTHING is (to me) perfectly consistent with how I felt when trying on that smile.
- If you’re detached from your human life, with a fairly tenuous connection to your own self and a SUPER-STRONG connection to how other people respond to you…
- If your sense of identity is socially based more than steadied by valuing yourself as an individual — regardless of what others might think…
- Then you will applaud Lena Dunham for showing a way to live that way. Boldly. Unrepentantly. With gusto.
Yet one more interesting, and optional, experiment here at Earth School. One can do that as long as one likes. And why not?
Looking forward to a futuree blog article with an aura reading of Lena Dunham? I am.
Except there are a couple of other articles I want to bring in first. All part of our online educational experience together. 🙂
I just checked in the mirror. My normal smile is back. No posing. Just a feeling of smile that makes my face move in a certain way. Technically a Duchennes smile. A no-big-deal, authentic human smile. Whew!
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