In school, my friends and I divided our time between homework, rowing with our mothers, and poring over fashion magazines, fantasising about achieving whatever “look” was being demonstrated so seductively in their pages. Pooling our resources, we amassed a good deal of beauty and hair accessories and experimented with them whenever possible. In my case, these sessions were handy, since my own mother had always shunned makeup and therefore couldn’t teach me. Thus it was with my friends, aided by the glossies, that I learned to do the kinds of eyeliner, mascara, smoky eye and punch-red lips that I deploy today (when I can be bothered) – to glamorous and confidence-boosting effect.
oes all this suggest a history of brainwashing-by-beauty-media and a toxic obsession with the superficial? Alas in the current, censorious climate, the answer would appear to be a snarling yes. The idea that a girl,…
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