“As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people ‘attain beauty’ and how the world perceives beauty,” the model-turned-reality star said in her op-ed for the journal published on Monday. “In general, I believe, traditional beauty will be less valuable — and more uniqueness will be heralded,” Banks added.
Banks says that technological advances in the beauty industry are what is going to change the way people look and how we spend time grooming. Serums will take the place of hair extensions and “plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for tylenol. Emphasis will be on how unique and interesting one can look.” Banks also told the Wall Street Journal that those who opt out of plastic surgery can turn to “beauty ingestables” for instant, yet temporary, results.
The model also predicts that social norms will shift because of a damaged environment and global warming, which will threaten our food sources. “Hourglass, curvy bodies will be the aspirational beauty standard, representing that those women have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food, which means they are affluent,” wrote Banks, who has been open about her own weight struggles within the modeling industry. She also thinks that everyone will own a robot personal assistant that can sense if their owner’s self esteem has taken a dip and in turn pelts the human with compliments to turn their frown upside down.
The America’s Next Top Model mogul, who holds a degree from the Harvard University School of Business, also has some interesting things to say about the future of women’s rights and reproduction. “Women’s empowerment will be an irrelevant concept because the balance of power will have shifted dramatically,” she said. “Men will be vying for women’s attention, obsessed with being attractive to females and snagging well-off ladies who can take care of them,” she added. Banks also predicts that women will be able to have children up to the age of 120 and that people will have much more freedom when choosing the features of their babies.