More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

Beauty-in-culture curated for you!

  • Is complimenting someone for his/herinner beauty actually so complimentary?

http://thegloss.com/beauty/the-troubling-misuse-of-inner-beauty-for-those-with-non-standard-attractiveness-970/3/

  • We all have personal feelings about pageants (and many aren’t so nice).  But what do the contestants really think?  One woman went to find out and learned a lot in the process.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dena-takruri/beauty-pageant_b_2161497.html

  • One woman’s experiment to go au natural for a whole year ,and the impact it had.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/fashion/2012/11/19/experiment/aNuDPhKPkUI0vjA1SE3j3O/story-1.html

  • The beauty in unexpected, castaway things highlighted in this exhibit in Yarmouth, Cape Cod

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/fashion/2012/11/19/experiment/aNuDPhKPkUI0vjA1SE3j3O/story-1.html

Any more stories to add?  Tweet or comment @Beautyskew

Week in Review: 6/3-6/9

Strong reactions this week…Let’s see why:

Bloomberg’s ban on soda is great, and let us tell you why Weekend Observations: Bloomberg is Getting It Right

A Delta stewardess inspired me Pic of the Week: Why Uniforms Look Horrible?

Stop this separation between inner and outer beauty …it’s a bunch of  BS Inner Beauty vs Outer Beauty BS

Great beauty-in-culture reading from this week’s beauty news More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

Enjoy the weekend…I know I will…it’s my daughters’ b-day party!

More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

 

Demi Moore in NEw Helena Rubenstein Campaign

 

Some really interesting beauty reading we found…take a look!

  • British invasion of beauty brands…why do you think that is?

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/fashion/british-cosmetic-brands-expand-to-american-shelves-skin-deep.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1

  • WSJ recognizes the marketplace premium placed on beauty…we coulda told ya that!

http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2012/03/19/the-beauty-premium/

  • Two women give up make-up to test their inner beauty

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/19/the-naked-face-project-two-women-give-up-makeup-for-inner-beauty/

  • SXSW stand-out film on beauty

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/film-festivals/sxsw-2012-review-beauty-is-embarrassing-kkell.php

  • Demi Moore looks great in the new Helena Rubenstein ads.  And we want to cheer for her, right?  But they are so photo shopped, its more sad than beautiful

http://jezebel.com/5894560/another-day-another-demi-moore-photoshop-story

Anything else to add? Comment or tweet us @Beautyskew

Could It Be The Chinese Are the True Beauty Experts?

Toronto doctor, Xialoan Zhao, has received a lot of press for her new book on traditional Chinese beauty treatments, Inner Beauty: Feeling and Being Your Best. Her basic point is that Western women pay too much attention to correcting the outer body with invasive surgery.  And this worrying about and attention paid to beauty is causing a lot of psychological illnesses that in turn are making us less attractive!
Ok, I’m all for exercise, sleep and a proper diet, as well as developing our inner selves.  But, modern medicine has given us some amazing, no critical, beauty products!  Sunscreen, for example, is (assuming we use it properly) the best invention ever for keeping our skin relatively damage and cancer-free.
While I’m sure her book is a wealth of great beauty treatments and rituals, I don’t believe in subscribing to one beauty religion.  There is brilliance all around us and we just need to be open-minded and smart about all of it.

Pic of the Week: There’s a Human Being Behind That Pretty Face

Ever notice that magazines don’t put models on the covers anymore?  I actually just had this discussion with some of the publishers and editors of Marie Claire magazine.  Why is this so?  Because inner beauty matters more and more these days.  Case in point? The cover of this month’s Latina magazine.  Sure, Jessica Alba is beautiful.  But her beauty is magnified by the magnificent prego belly she proudly displays!  We see that the actress is a mom, not just a pretty face.  And for that, we are even more attracted to her.

Rid Those Bad Thoughts Out of Your Kids' Heads


As a mother, my images and expectations of physical beauty don’t just impact me.  They affect my kids.  I’ve reflected my concerns with my own behaviors and attitudes towards my appearance in previous posts, e.g., Weekend Observations: Ending the Hypocrisy.
I read a recent post where author and musician Christa Black had some good advice on how to minimize these effects (“What you are teaching your daughters about beauty in front of the mirror?”).  In addition to saying all the typical stuff, like watch the words we use in front of kids to describe our own or their appearances, Black says that we should bolster our kids’ sense of inner beauty.  She believes that often our insecurity of our appearance is linked to something deeper, i.e., to “the beatings of a wounded heart.”  She doesn’t mean we should recite trite sayings like: “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” or “don’t judge a book by its cover.”
No, she advises us to BEHAVE beautifully.  In other words, do good works with our kids.  Volunteer, bring toys to kids in need, etc.  The act of doing good, of doing beautiful deeds, will enhance our kids’ sense of worth and esteem.  And these feelings will help overcome feelings of insecurity with regards to their looks.
Hey, doing good deeds is all-around great advice.  Now we have another reason to promote it.  Self-esteem!

Rid Those Bad Thoughts Out of Your Kids’ Heads

As a mother, my images and expectations of physical beauty don’t just impact me.  They affect my kids.  I’ve reflected my concerns with my own behaviors and attitudes towards my appearance in previous posts, e.g., Weekend Observations: Ending the Hypocrisy.

I read a recent post where author and musician Christa Black had some good advice on how to minimize these effects (“What you are teaching your daughters about beauty in front of the mirror?”).  In addition to saying all the typical stuff, like watch the words we use in front of kids to describe our own or their appearances, Black says that we should bolster our kids’ sense of inner beauty.  She believes that often our insecurity of our appearance is linked to something deeper, i.e., to “the beatings of a wounded heart.”  She doesn’t mean we should recite trite sayings like: “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” or “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

No, she advises us to BEHAVE beautifully.  In other words, do good works with our kids.  Volunteer, bring toys to kids in need, etc.  The act of doing good, of doing beautiful deeds, will enhance our kids’ sense of worth and esteem.  And these feelings will help overcome feelings of insecurity with regards to their looks.

Hey, doing good deeds is all-around great advice.  Now we have another reason to promote it.  Self-esteem!