Women Who Wear Make Up Make
I am on a plane, flying
from Tampa to Dallas. There are two ladies who
sell Mary Kay cosmetics in front of me. One is
dressed in red high heels, white hoes, a red
matching outfit with three gold bands on the
sleeves, she has a gold watch, three gold rings
with at least ten stones in each one. Her
earrings look something like 1/2 inch stacks of
silver coins. Her face is covered with lipstick,
eyeliner, rouge, mascara, etc. The only thing
which surprises me is that her fingernails still
look natural. Her companion, however, has
"French nails,' which remind me of someone I
once dated in Dallas who also worked in sales and
marketing. The women are about 50.
I am feeling a little
stressed. Their constant chatter about orders and
sales problems is getting to me. Maybe my
headphones will help. I think of the girl on the
plane from Europe last year who listened to
gangster rap CD's the whole way.
Now they are looking at a
glossy sales catalog with bright pictures of
makeup Then one says "Oh, this is
great!" I can see that one of the pages has
a flashy title which shouts: "All about
The one in red says
"You can write on it and erase it? Oh, I
think this is a great idea!" She reaches out
and lightly touches the arm of the other one. She
continues, "Oh, that is a great idea. Great.
I love that."
I feel a little guilty for
eavesdropping and typing in what they are saying.
Maybe someone is reading my screen as I type!
"Do you want a piece
of gum?," the lady in red asks. Now they are
talking about "prospects....."
AAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH! I must
put on my headphones before I scream!!!!!!!
They are talking about
"brush sets" and sales records, and
reading Mary Kay sales propaganda. I would like
to ask them if they think more cosmetics will
solve the problem of child abuse.
I hear one say "Good
closing question." "That is what I
gotta do. I have gotta have the strength to ask
for the order. To close it. It is all about being
strong and believing in yourself. That is what I
need to remember." They are trained,
programmed, brainwashed. They would make good
They are looking at a
summary of sales strategies, printed on lavender
paper. One is coaching the other energetically.
The lady in red says, "Right. Right. Yeah,
right. Good point." She nods her head. She
is a model active listener! The other keeps
reaching out to touch her friend's arm or the arm
rest under it.
Now they have a calculator
out. They are calculating profit margins on
Red gets up - I see she has
a pin with sparkling stones which I think says
$4,000,000. I am afraid you won't believe me,
but, as Dave Barry says, "I am not making
I hear Red say,
"That's why we have to work on our
self-esteem so much. You have to get your
personal life in order..."
I decided to play with them
a little. So I pretend to be interested in the
flashy pin. I ask Red, "Excuse me. Does that
pin say 4 million dollars?" She is happy to
tell me it is $400,000- the amount their
"unit" made in sales last year.
We chat for a moment then I
tell them I prefer females who don't wear any
make up. They are shocked! Red asks, "Do you
like women who make money?" I say money is
not the most important thing to me. Before I have
ended the sentence, Red says " ...because
women who wear make up make more money."
When I said that I don't
see nearly as much makeup in other countries,
French Nails says, "Well, they are coming
I ask if they have ever
been to Europe. Neither one has. I am not
Then they tell me that men
are good customers, not only do they buy lots of
things for their "honeys," but they are
also buying more creams and skin care products.
About then they probably
realized I was not going to be their freind or
customer and they started talking to each other
again with no parting remarks. So I sit back in
my seat and start typing, still shaking my head
in a combination of disbelief, disgust, and
painful acceptance of the frightening reality I
have just witnessed.