All posts tagged: Beauty

My Makeup Dilemma

Like many women, I have a somewhat complicated relationship with makeup. Applying cosmetics and experimenting with new products, shades, and styles is an opportunity to express myself creatively, and wearing it sometimes makes me feel good. But once I start to peel back the label on the norm, so-to-speak, I remember what a problematic concept makeup is. At a certain age, women are expected to cover their flaws. We’re taught to wear makeup; just enough, but not too much. Too little and you look tired and lazy – too much and you’re “fake.” Some men complain of “false advertisement” when a woman wears so much makeup that her appearance is significantly altered, but the same men expect women to naturally look like living, breathing, Barbie dolls. Beauty is a multi-billion dollar business in the U.S., and the industry is so lucrative because many of us feel that our beauty is our worth. In America, and presumably much of the world, women who occupy professional roles are not necessarily required to wear makeup, but it’s certainly expected of them. It’s been proven that …

Suggested Reading: ‘The Makeup Tax’

My latest Suggested Reading is The Makeup Tax, by Olga Khazan of The Atlantic. Did you know that women who wear makeup tend to earn more and are treated better? Once you understand just how much time, effort, and money women put into their appearance, you realize that it’s a fact that affects women’s lives on a much larger scale than often discussed. The politics of femininity are complicated, and Khazan’s article brings many of the logical implications of the “necessity of beauty” to light. Whether you are a man or woman, wear makeup or not, it’s an article worth reading for all.

A Response to Michael Eisner’s Comment That Beautiful, Funny Women Are Hard to Come By

Earlier this week, during a conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner shared a bit of his insight into Hollywood, stating: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman, by far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.” First off, Eisner is absolutely, positively, dead wrong. Not only is Hollywood full of beautiful, funny, smart, and talented women, but it seems that beauty is a fundamental requirement for any woman working in Hollywood today. So in saying that it’s difficult to find a beautiful, funny woman, Eisner is essentially saying that it’s tough to find a funny woman. And once again, he’s wrong, wrong, wrong. Eisner’s statement frustrates me on so many levels, but what I’m most upset about is the fact that men of power (and might I say, often unattractive men) find it within their authority to express their opinions about the faces and bodies of other women. And what’s equally as troubling is the fact …

Spectacular Short Doc About Beauty & Perception: ‘There She Is’

Am I beautiful? It’s a question that each and every woman will ask herself at one point in her life (or more likely, several). Women are constantly being bombarded by images and advertisements that define beauty within the context of American perfectionism. These ads tell us what’s attractive, interesting, or even acceptable – making it nearly impossible to ignore these standards and love ourselves for who we are. What’s particularly disturbing is that the women in these ad campaigns don’t live up to such standards themselves. They must be covered in make-up from head to toe, lit perfectly, and photoshopped before they exemplify the very measures of beauty they were hired to represent. It’s a problem. Filmmakers Emily Sheskin and Veena Rao set out to examine the perception of women’s beauty in their short documentary, There She Is. The film follows best friends Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores as they compete in the 2011 American Beauties Plus Pageant, which is open to women sizes 14 and up. Short documentaries are such fascinating forms of storytelling because they require …