Beauty Convo with Gad Cohen: How is Beauty Going to Change When This is All Over?

As I mentioned in our last post, beauty maven and celebrity stylist, Gad Cohen, and I are going live to express our changing views of beauty during this Covid era.  In our second IG Live chat, we dove deep into the discussion around how this moment will change our views, habits and beliefs around beauty in the future.  So how is our attitude going to shift when this is all over? In the words of Gad: “It will take time to rebalance but we will experience a huge paradigm shift.”

1.No question, we are going to come out of this re-birthed.  We’ve been cooped up, confined and restricted.  We are going to be escaping our cocoons, like brand new butterflies.  We will have the time to reflect, to try different things, and just to let our hair grow out!  

2. Whether we’ve liked it or not, we’ve had to reveal our vulnerabilities — whether that’s our gray hairs, our kids yelling in the background or our stress.  But we are learning to use our vulnerabilities as strengths and our flaws as assets.  Pre-Covid, I got my bushy eyebrows threaded and carefully styled.  Now they look like a forest sprung up over my eyes.  But, Gad has convinced me that they are beautiful, even youthful and fresh.  Of course I don’t let them grow wild.  But I’ve learned to love them.  As Gad said, when we embrace our vulnerabilities or our seeming flaws, we get “more power, more strength to be who we are…And when we love ourselves we can love others that much more.”  How great is that!?

3. Our response to each others’ beauty will be that much stronger.  Because of this crisis, we are recognizing how valuable we all are to one another.  We will look at one another with a lot more love, empathy, and compassion.  “We’re going to be looking at people differently,  more deeply because of all of the love we are now having.”

4. We will want to express our glamour, or as Gad put it, we will have a “thirst” for it after being cooped up for so long. He goes on to say:”people are going to go all out and it will translate to the sidewalk!”  Yes, yes, yes.  I want some now!

5. Finally,  we will be more conscious as consumers and wearers of beauty.  Over the decades, we’ve become a disposable culture.  Because so many of us are at home, we’re holding off on buying the new thing — new bag, new blouse or new blush. Instead of shopping, shopping, shopping, let’s use the time to understand what our sense of fashion really is, how we want to show up instead of just following fads.  Let us all be a rainbow now of different styles, colors and points of view.  Let’s create our own trends and be authentic.  Then when this is all over, the job of folks like Gad, the stylists, will be “to take women and men, their unique qualities, and pull them out.  Beauty is where you find it.”

For the full fun discussion, watch this.

Convo with Beauty Maven, Gad Cohen: Why Beauty Matters More Than Ever

It’s been awhile since my last confession…ooops, I mean Beautyskew post.  Like so many of you, the Covid situation hit me like a ton of bricks.  By March 2nd, my middle son had to be quarantined. His school was the first to be shut down in the country due to kids being exposed to one of the first known carriers of the virus in New York.  WFH became my reality early on. In addition to having five of us in the house, including my son home early from his year abroad, work has been the busiest it’s ever been.  So thinking about beauty took a back seat as I tried to adjust.  I barely had time to go to the bathroom let alone wash my hair, lol.  

But as I have begun to settle into a new rhythm, my need for beauty has resurfaced — big time.  I’ve been watching shows and reading more articles than I probably have time for around beauty topics. Making the Cut with Heidi Klum had me salivating.  I’ve been trying to figure out how I can express my love of fashion through a small screen — color, color, color.  And, as I run in and out of the only social space I venture into — the supermarket — fully covered (from sunglasses to mask to gloves), I’ve been challenged by how I can still maintain some sense of femininity. Sure, I spend 95% of my brain power focused on business strategy or my kids’ food needs, but there’s still that 5% that craves beauty — expressing it, seeing it, and talking about it.

So my good friend and celebrity-beauty-stylist, Gad Cohen, and I decided to begin discussing it — live — online.  For our first IG Live chat, Gad and I delved into why beauty matters NOW more than ever.  Beauty inspires us, fuels our sense of creativity, and enlivens us — all things we need during this crazy time.  Beauty reminds us that we are creative and imaginative enough to change our circumstances.  Maybe as individuals we can’t develop a vaccine overnight.  But we should have faith in the brilliant scientists who can.  And, even as individuals, we can change our situations to some degree.  It’s often constraints like the ones we’re facing that force us to come up with new solutions and amazing new ideas — from new ways to light our faces “just so” on camera all the way to new career ideas.  In fact, when I speak about creativity to large audiences during “normal times,” I challenge audiences to seek constraints to make them MORE creative. Gad, for example, can’t work right now.  He cuts and styles hair for a living.  That just ain’t happening now, as much as it pains us! But he isn’t sitting on his butt all day long. Instead, he’s focusing his creative energies on finally learning how to develop online videos and chats. The result? After Covid is over, he will have his own mini production studio.  In fact, he and I want to video tape our chats as he cuts and styles my hair in real time!

We may be inclined to ignore our need for beauty — after all, people around us are truly suffering.  I’m appealing to you all NOT to do that.  We should seek out beauty.  It nourishes us emotionally and fuels us creatively.

Our discussions have evolved over the course of the few we’ve done.  I’ll be sharing the key insights and videos from those chats in the coming posts.  Stay tuned!