Bookmark and Share

Online Dating Magazine > Columns > Jennifer's Gems > Image Makeovers

by Jennifer Brown Banks

10 Image Makeovers
That Won't Cost You a Dime!

"Beauty is only skin deep"

We have become a society obsessed with physical beauty and perfection.

Don’t believe me?

Just look at all the “Who’s Who” and Hollywood folks that have found the need to go under the knife: Joan Rivers, Kenny Rogers, Cher, Patti LaBelle, Donda West, to name a few.


Sadder still, is that plastic surgery is on the incline even with teens.  According to statistics, there has been a significant increase from the year of 2000 to 2005.

The beauty industry, in fact, is a billion dollar industry. 

While aesthetics are important, few realize that other virtues like integrity, intellect, and a kind spirit are equally important!

In her book “Beauty Fades, but Dumb is Forever!”  Judge Judy sagely reminds us that good looks will only get you so far.

With this in mind, here are other image enhancing qualities:

1) INTEGRITY---Forget a man with “deep pockets”. A man who is deeply spiritual, who is a man of his word, and stands by his convictions, is a real turn on for me.  If you want to elevate your image, try integritous behavior.  It will put you a step above the crowd.

2) SENSE OF HUMOR---A good sense of humor, when it’s tasteful, puts others at ease and adds oomph to your image.

3) EMPATHY---Being responsive to the plight and needs of others, and trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is an admirable character trait that not enough people possess.

4) INTELLECT---Smart is sexy! Not necessarily the Bill Gates type. Think Colin Powell, Montell Williams, Donald Trump, Jose Sanders.

5) A SMILE---Not only does it require fewer facial muscles, it speaks a universal language.

6) OBERVING THE GOLDEN RULE---It’s a basic behavioral principle that most of us learned as kids, but not enough folks adhere to.  Karma catches up with you when you fail to practice this.

7) RELIABILITY---Your word is your bond, my dad always said.  Keep yours and you’ll keep in the good graces of others.

8) A UNIQUE STYLE---Don’t strive to be one of the crowd.  Create your own sense of fashion and fabulousness!  Erykah Badu is a great example.  So is India Arie.

9) SHOWING GOOD JUDGMENT---It inspires confidence and helps to make the lives of those with whom you interact of greater quality.

10) GOOD TASTE---Not just in apparel, but in actions.  Having a sense of appropriateness in varied social situations. A good example of this would be the new TV show “What would you do?”  It’s a combination of Candid Camera meets Emily post!  It’s funny and enlightening in terms of social behavior.  On a recent episode, it posed the situation of what an individual might do if he/she found their friend’s mate cheating.  It was a real eye-opener!  

Here are my favorite things for 2008!

Oprah does it.  So here’s my take.  Though I may not enjoy “celebrity status”, most friends will attest that when I give my stamp of approval on something, you can take it to the bank!


APPLE BEE’S -- Strawberry Cheesecake
STOUFFERS -- Macaroni and Cheese
CARMEN’S -- Spinach Pizza
GLORY — Canned Greens and String Beans
WALGREEN’S — Banana Split Ice-cream


Keanu Reeves
Michael Ealy
Malcolm Jamal Warner
Denzel washington



Advance Your Swagger — By Foxworth Bentley
Martha Rules — By Martha Stewart
The Purpose Driven Life — By Rick Warren


Love Jones
Single White Female
The Best Man
Friday The 13th
The Bridges of Madison County
Barbershop 1 & 2
Mr. Holland's Opus
Monster's Ball


India Arie
Jill Scott
Shania Twain
Kenny G
Norah Jones
Michael Bolton


Anything by a fireplace
Candlelit Dinner
A night out dancing
A romantic movie


> - The best approach to find the one. <

All Online Dating Magazine content, including the content on this page,
is © copyright by Online Dating Magazine and may not be
republished or reused in any form. You do have
full permission to link to this article.

Do you agree or disagree with this article? Have
more to add? Submit a Letter to the Editor today or post a comment below.


Jennifer's Gems is a weekly column written by award-winning poet and writer, Jennifer Brown Banks. It is published every Wednesday. Click here to read her welcome letter.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Privacy Statement | Code of Ethics Statement
Bookmark Online Dating Magazine at

>View Online Dating Magazine Singles Travel Adventures<

Online Dating | News | Columns | Features | Dating Services | Niche Dating
Online Dating Directory | Dating Humor | Quick Tip Articles | Online Dating Industry
Industry History
| Online Dating Reviews | Reader Reviews | Dating Videos | Book / DVD Reviews
Reader Letters | Self Improvement | Experiences | Newsletter | Interviews
Top 10 Lists | STD Info Center | About Us | Advertise
Media Center
| FAQ | Search | Contact | Dating Promotions

Dating Cartoons | Dating Jokes | Funny Dating Videos | Dating Games

Online Dating Magazine Needs Your Help!

All content on this Website is ©copyright by Online
Dating Magazine. All Rights Reserved. The content
on this site may not be reused or republished.

Are you an online dating site Webmaster? If so...
If you are looking for free dating content you can republish, click here



Advertise on
Online Dating Magazine



Stay Up to Date:

Follow Us on Twitter

Follow Us on YouTube

Follow Us on Facebook


10 Most Viewed Articles:

Online Dating Tips
Opposites Attract
Online Dating Safety Tips
Rose Colors
Guys are Weird
Dating Games
Online Dating Reviews
Creative Date Ideas
Long Distance Relationships
Dealing with a Breakup

Other Resources:

These links will take you away from Online Dating Magazine.

Google (Google Your Date)
Research Dating Service)

MailOrderBride Guide

Note: Online Dating Magazine does not sell text links anywhere on the site, so please don't email asking about text links. Any links we have are affiliate links, resources we find useful, links to other sites we run or long-time magazine sponsors. We do have graphic ad options in our Advertising section.