Pretty Price Check (11.05.10)

The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday roundup of how much we paid for beauty this week.

photo from Food for Life, Love, and Looks (Woman Alive, 1974)

  • 71 percent of women feel fat, according to a new Glamour Magazine survey.
  • Only 46 percent of those women are actually overweight, says the same survey. Which makes me sad, because yet again, we’re reminded how distorted the average woman’s body image is. But I also don’t like how the media coverage on these two stats is framing the other 25 percent: Does being legitimately bigger (in the eyes of Glamour, mind you) mean it’s somehow okay that they’re feeling bad about it? Sigh. (Via CBS News.)
  • 17: The average number of Volatile Organic Compounds detected in fragranced consumer products but not listed on the label, according to a new University of Washington study.
  • 23 percent: How much sales of women’s fragrance have declined since 2005. Gee, maybe we’d buy more if fragrance manufacturers would be honest about the sketchy stuff they put in their products. Just thoughts. (Via Cosmetics Design)

Photo: Scanned into Flickr’s Creative Commons pool, from a dated-yet-not self-help book called Food For Life, Love and Looks (Woman Alive, 1974) by modashell, who also included this tidbit:

from Ch. 5, Dieting for Looks: “Do you need to pare down a few inches around the midriff? To find out, take a long, hard, and honest look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Try to see yourself objectively, as others see you, from both the front and the back views–then make a decision.”

Whatever else you do with your weekend, please, let’s not follow that advice.

PS. Two quick plugs for amazing women doing amazing work:

  • Got $3? Make a pledge to help the Glamour Bees children’s show build their puppets, so they can teach your kids about kindness and sharing in adorable bee form.


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2 responses to “Pretty Price Check (11.05.10)

  1. danceswithfat

    “Chapter 5: Dieting for Looks”. Yes, it’s ridiculous. I love “whatever else you do with your weekend, please let’s not follow that advice.” But I have to admit to being a little happy that at least they were honest that it was all about the aesthetic instead of trying to drag us all down the “it’s for your health won’t somebody please think of the fat people” road…

  2. “Try to see yourself objectively, as others see you”–as if this is even possible. I’m not sure anyone can truly be objective, or that this concept is even valid. Our perception is entirely subjective, as illustrated by your point that body image doesn’t correspond to actual weight. I am really enjoying your blog, especially the idea that you are in beauty school but grappling with issues of fashion, body image and appearance. Such an interesting tension to explore.

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