I read an article in yesterday’s New York Times about a trend among middle school girls . . . and teens in general, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it spread to adult women. Japanese animae characters apparently started the fad, and I think the TWILIGHT movies are going to fan the flames. What is it?
“Big eye” contacts. The color extends far beyond the normal iris and extends into the “white” of the eye, making the eyes appear much larger. They come in lots of colors (including blood red) and in various prescription strengths, plus they are easily–and cheaply–available online (about $20 for a set). But I’m not including any order links, because I don’t want to promote anything that might be harmful. You need eyes to read books!
Eye doctors are warning people that these contacts aren’t tested, could be harmful, and humans are only given one pair of eyes . . .
Why are big eyes beautiful? Because they look youthful, quite literally like a baby’s (whose eyes are proportionally bigger than they will be in adulthood). They give a baby that helpless look that literally makes people want to protect and love them.
I have a girlfriend who has naturally big eyes–I’ve always said that she has “Disney heroine eyes”–but they’re bigger all over, not just the iris.
So–be on the lookout for some big-eyed girls near you. Now you know their secret.