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On Female Perfection


“I hope you have lost your good looks, for while they last any fool can adore you, and the adoration of fools is bad for the soul. No, give me a ruined complexion and a lost figure and sixteen chins on a farmyard of crow’s feet. Then you shall see me coming out strong.”   —  The playwright George Bernard Shaw to the actress Stella Campbell (the first Eliza Doolittle), with whom he corresponded passionately for forty years.



“No one wants to see a round woman.” — The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, after one of Germany’s top fashion magazines banned professional models in favor of “real life women.”

Karl Lgerfeld

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'On Female Perfection' have 4 comments

  1. December 12, 2012 @ 12:05 pm Gayle

    This is poetic, but not very inspiring. I don’t like either of these.

  2. June 18, 2012 @ 10:27 am Mgirl

    Sixteen chins on a farmyard of crow’s feet? I believe I’d be on the way to the plastic surgeon!

  3. February 10, 2011 @ 8:57 pm Rachel

    Lagerfeld and others of his ilk have no idea what’s going on in the world. You, on the other hand, do. This blog is fun because it’s got style and class and it’s right on target with things we need to think about. It’s very unique. Thanks.

  4. September 14, 2009 @ 6:23 pm Tracey

    Okay, I give up. I don’t want to be an ugly round woman. I am resolved to lose 40 pounds. I weigh 138.

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