“Beauty is a form of Genius--is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned"
- Oscar Wilde
“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.”– Marilyn Monroe
"Mr. Hitler was big on me. He kept writing and inviting me to come to Germany, and if the war hadn't started when it did, I would have gone and I would have taken a gun out of my purse and shot him, because I am the only person who would not have been searched." ~ Greta Garbo
Marilyn Garbo 7 Oil on Linen 160 x 130cm private collection
What and who is beautiful, what make them so? Women have made themselves ill trying to conform to a physical stereotype put forward in the visual media that is impossible to obtain.
Women think it will bring them happiness.
If you don't measure up, society will
reject you. We pity non attractive women, women fear ageing and not having the body beautiful and in their fear they can cause destruction to themselves by comfort eating, over dieting, depression, plastic surgery etc.
We measure each other with society's gaze. Governed by what is held up by
the media as examples of beauty, film stars, pop stars, celebrities, fashion
models, glamour models or whom we are told are beautiful.
These are the role models - is this what beauty is? We use our bodies as a canvas, sculpting with plastic surgery, diet and exercise or painted with
cosmetics. We transform our image to become compliant to the "media gaze"?
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