The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday roundup of how much we paid for beauty this week.
Attention New Yorkers! You still have time to hoof it over to the Abercrombie & Fitch store on 5th Avenue and 57th Street, where Teens Turning Green will be hosting another fragrance protest at 4 PM. (Check out my Lemondrop coverage of their first San Fran protest, and New York Mag’s report on today’s festivities.) Bring your gas masks! Good times for all!
And after you finish fighting toxic fragrances, why don’t you mosey on over to the Hearst Building at 57th and 8th Ave for the Big Fat Kiss-In protesting Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly’s woefully misguided blog post about how fat people shouldn’t kiss (or walk or do much else) in public. (Via Jezebel)
I’m ALL about some fat PDA, but it is also worth noting that MC is starting up an interesting series of counterpoint posts in response to Kelly’s piece. Jezebel’s Sadie also has a fabulous round-up of all the other great writing that has been pouring forth on this topic this week. Bottom line: We’re all talking about the epic problem that is size prejudice — and I’m excited to see what good can come out of this.
Plus you have a busy afternoon of protesting ahead of you, so quick, grasshoppers! On with the Price Check…
- 87,000 mice were used in one type of pharmaceutical lab test in 2008, up from just 33,000 in 2005. The reason for the jump? Wrinkle-stopping drugs like Botox. (Via BellaSugar.)
- $2 million is the price tag on the new Adriana Lima Fantasy Bra for Victoria’s Secret. Which just really lets you know how rough this recession has been on everyone, because that sure is a come-down from their $12.5 million Red Hot Fantasy Bra in 2005. (Via Daily Beast, which also features an uber-expensive solar-powered bra you can use to charge your cell phone… if only it was socially acceptable to go outside without a shirt on top.)
- Up to $695: What you could be fined for wearing a miniskirt or showing too much cleavage if a proposed law passes in Castellammare di Stabia, a small town near Naples, Italy. (Via Times of India.)
- 48 percent of women admitted to impulsive shopping or overspending when they were premenstrual, according to a recent study. (Great analysis of the whole thing over at re:Cycling.)
- 5: The cumulative number of days per year that the average woman spends looking in the mirror. (Via Lemondrop.)
[Photo: A&F Protest Poster via Teens Turning Green.]