Physical appearance is a type of non verbal communication. It is usually associated with one’s dress sense, hairstyle, body types – basically anything on the physical side.
Here is a clip on a recent movie – “Bridewars”, which shows an example of such non verbal communication used.
In this case, the costume designer chose the appropriate clothing that would help project each character’s personality in the movie. We can see the contrast between the two ladies, where Liv (Kate Hudson) being better off than Emma (Anne Hathaway). This was shown where they had different brands and styles of clothing, and the former was able to afford the more expensive stuffs. Even colours played a part too. For instance, Liv was mostly in cool colours wear, while Emma’s clothing had more vibrant colours. These differences were made in their physical appearance, so as to distinct the two characters in the movie.
Say about physical appearance. It decides how people treat and look upon on us. I hate to agree with this, but we cannot deny that physical appearance does matter a lot.
Like in the movie, Liv is a lawyer character. She has to be in the right attire - formal and neat, in order to convince her clients that she is able to handle the given task. If you had watched the movie, there was a scene where Liv was totally out of control. She had her hair dyed blue, and was in improper dress. This made her lose the opportunity of clinching the deal. Thus, this showed how important physical appearance was to her. It affected the way her client thinks of her – having doubts of her credibility.
It is through physical appearance that we draw a conclusion about a particular person without any form of verbal communication used. I must say it plays an important part in the first impression that one gives. It is like meeting new friends on the first day in school. You will first observe, before taking the decision whether or not to approach them. Hmm. Unless you are under forced circumstances.
Yet, looks can be deceiving at times too. One may not necessary be the kind of person that you see him/her as, based on their physical appearance. I guess it acts as a camouflage for us humans at times, for our true inner self are not really shown. Similar to the theory of wearing a mask on your face.
So. Physical appearance is either a true reflect of us or a diguise for us. I think both works for us in different situations.
What is your take?