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About Face ( Seal Press)
There is a double standard about a woman’s appearance. On the one hand, the media seems to obsessed with every detail of style icons like Kim Kardashian, Byonce and Kate Moss. Women like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and singing sensation Susan Boyle are mocked for their hairstyles, waist size and fashion choices. But when women, especially over 40, show interest in skin care and style, they are labeled as vain and foolish.
About Face edited by Anne Burt, is a great collection of personal essays on beauty and appearance by 23 accomplished artists and writers. The book starts with an introduction by Bobbi Brown, internationally reknowned make-up artist and creator of her own make-up line. She writes movingly about growing up short and dark haired in an era where tall blonds like Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley were the prevailing beauty standards– and how she has sought to help women define their own unique beauty qualities. While the tall blond thing is still totally out there, her line of neutral make-up freed women from the candy colored makeup that had been the standard cosmetic lines.
The authors of the essays range from early twenties to Alix Kate Schulman, author of “Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen” who is now in her late seventies. These well -written pieces include exploration of racial identification, the image of aging on a mother’s face and the role of men and love in establishing a comfortable self image. , Many of the essays struggle with reconciling feminism and vanity. The conclusion? You can still keep your feminine credentials if you use make-up and get regular blow-outs. Good to know.