I love makeup and cosmetics. I don’t wear them myself, but I love watching people put them on, and I find them utterly mesmerising and beautiful. I love seeing what people can do with them and how people use makeup to change and enhance their appearance, to make themselves look mysterious or sweet and innocent, […]
Karl Lagerfeld recently opened his mouth yet again to provide us with his unsolicited opinion on ‘ugly people,’ commenting that they’re ‘very depressing.’ It’s not the first time he’s provided the world with his sharp insight into ‘ugly people’ — and fat people specifically — and how gross and unpleasant they are. Evidently, the world […]
The wildly popular photo-sharing programme Instagram (yes, I’m on there) has generated its own kind of language and community norms, along with imitators, as often occurs with popular social media. For those not familiar, Instagram allows users to take pictures with their cell phones (or from anywhere, as long as you can load the image […]
Where are the disabled bodies in conversations about natural beauty?
Conversations about beauty standards often bring up the fact that magazines use heavy image editing to construct very specific images of the people in their pages; they are heavily styled, they are shot in very specific conditions, and post-production can include substantial manipulation of those images. But, but, people say, what about those oh so […]
I am not the kind of person who is usually described as beautiful. When I point this out, people are promptly dismayed, and they rush to assure that I am quite beautiful, and lovely just the way I am. Those people are kind of missing the point, which is that I don’t need beauty. I […]