Every time I see a photo of Anna Paquin (which, due to the massive popularity of “True Blood,” happens about every 30 seconds), I am thankful for that gap in her teeth. She is a conventionally beautiful woman, yes, but that little “imperfection” sets her apart from the sea of similar faces gracing magazine covers today. As I’ve mentioned before, society’s definition of beauty is so narrow and boring. The features that fall outside of that definition are usually labeled flaws, when in fact, like Anna Paquin’s smile, they set each of us apart and should be celebrated. I’ve noticed that the things that got us teased in elementary school–whether it be our height, weight, frizzy hair, scars, freckles, or less-than-dainty ankles–often become our favorite features in adulthood. We grow up and realize that these are the things make us who we are. So tell us: what’s your favorite “imperfection”? What “flaws” do you admire in yourself and others? Keep reading »
Lately, it seems everywhere I turn I’m bombarded with images and stories of celebrity plastic surgery. I gawked at the TV incredulously as Heidi Montag revealed her plethora of cosmetic procedures to her flabbergasted mother on “The Hills.” I shook my head at the pages of coverage on Kate Hudson’s alleged boob job. Now, even Courtney Love has a new face?!?!
Our culture is obsessed with plastic surgery and it’s only getting worse. Women get “routine” liposuction and face lifts with the same nonchalance as going to the dentist for a cleaning. As my high school graduation present, my parents bought me a video camera; some of my classmates got new noses. On TV, you’re able to choose between a number of plastic surgery reality shows, and on the web, you can browse through before-and-after surgery pictures.
Obviously, we all want to look our best and be confident in our appearance. If you are one of the rare individuals who are absolutely satisfied with their entire physical form, then I salute you. For the rest of us, there are non-surgical ways to enhance and minimize areas that we are insecure about. After the jump, check out our five favorite ego-boosting quick fixes. Keep reading »
Oh, the beauty of “flaws!” Photographers Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud, better known as JUCO, shot freckle-faced model Nikia Phoenix for their Freckles series. And now that I’ve peeped these beautifully fierce photos, I’m wishing I was born with spots of my own. Check out more of their photos here. Keep reading »
So have you noticed that I haven’t written this column in awhile? That’s because it’s going monthly. Planning a wedding is not that action-packed, to be honest! Especially when you haven’t actually started planning it yet — well, to be fair, we are waiting to hear back on a particular location. If that gets secured, I will actually start working on the other details.
But just because my reply to the nearly daily question, “How’s the wedding planning coming along?” is “What wedding planning?”, doesn’t mean I still don’t have plenty to say about being engaged. And I have determined in the last six months that the easiest way to determine if you’re ready to marry someone, the easiest way to make sure that this person is the right one to spend forever with, is if you can tolerate all the things about them that annoy you. Because fiances are still annoying. Keep reading »
Just now, Amelia and I were discussing Brody Jenner and the upcoming trash-fest that will be Bromance. “Does the fact that he’s doing the show make Brody less attractive?” Amelia asked. Duh. “But what turns you off the most: Bromance, the Gothic-lettered “Jenner” tattoo running down his side, or his Gothic jewelry line?” Me: “HE HAS A GOTHIC JEWELRY LINE?” Oh dear. (Brody doesn’t actually design the jewelry, but he is the marketing director for Archangel. I hope he doesn’t believe in his product, but the Gothic tattoo suggests otherwise.) And so we ask you, what makes Brody less attractive to you (if anything)? [NOTE: The photo above features Brody wearing an Archangel necklace. It was taken back in 2006, though, so maybe he's stopped wearing such hideous accessories.]
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