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Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’

April 23, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus

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All the details from People:

She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancome Paris, but Lupita Nyong’o “never dreamed” she would be touted as “Most Beautiful” for all the world to see.

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old says of gracing this year’s cover. And especially, ” I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen .”

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o first equated beauty with what she saw on television: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, “always said I was beautiful,” Nyong’o adds. “And I finally believed her at some point.”

As a teen, Nyong’o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. “It was very strange and very cold!” she says, laughing. “It was scary but I like to dare myself.”

Now she says the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on ,” she adds. “And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing .”

What do you think of their choice: surprising or expected?

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Meryl Streep: “For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight”

April 23, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image, Celebrity Quotes by Versus

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On thinking she was ‘too ugly’ to become an actress:

I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress. Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren’t fabulous then.When I was 40, I was offered three witches in one summer. And I thought, ‘OK, this is it. You turn 40, and oh my god.’ The only reason I have a career at 64 is that I’ve had hits later in life. I’ve found that once certain movies are out, audiences aren’t so age-phobic. They were willing, and they were happy.

Her advice to young women:

For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don’t. It’s OK.

… says 64 year-old Meryl.

 

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Lorde: “You don’t have to look a certain way, or be a certain way”

April 16, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image, Celebrity Quotes by Versus

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Lorde: You dont have to look a certain way, or be a certain way | celebrity quotes beauty body image

On how she enjoys being herself:

There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal. I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys’ clothes too. I guess that’s why I get labeled as ‘the grumpy girl,’ because I don’t play into that. But you don’t have to look a certain way, or be a certain way. I think this day and age the prescribed ideals of how a young girl should be are over.

… says 17 year-old Lorde in Teen Vogue this month.

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New Study: “Women want ultra-slim boyish figures, while men lust after curvacious full hips and an ample bust”

April 12, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus

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At high request, here’s a story on a new study that came to the conclusion that women consider ‘thin’ as their body ideal ad men, as cliche as it may be, ‘want curves’ – from Daily Mail:

These four body images, comprised of celebrities’ best features, reveal the staggering differences in how men and women perceive the perfect body. A new survey has gathered the preferences of both genders, creating ‘body beautiful’ composites using the physical attributes of the world’s most beautiful people.

It appears that women covet a ultra-slim boyish figure, while men lust after curvacious full hips and an ample bust. While women opted for the boyish hips of youthful Noah actress Emma Watson, 23, men plumped for the fuller curves of 34-year-old model Kelly Brook.

The biggest difference is in our choice of favourite face. Women aspire to the supermodel features of model Cara Delevingne, 21, with men more attracted to the softer features of actress Megan Fox, 27. Ladies admire the pert and perky breasts of Jennifer Aniston, 45, while men appreciate the fuller bust of US TV star Kim Kardashian, 33.

When it comes to hair, long luscious locks are a winner for everyone – but while women are enthralled by the Duchess of Cambridge, 32, their halves would love to run their fingers through 29-year-old Scarlett Johnsson’s mane. Women are less concerned than men about age when picking celebrities with admirable bodies. Gwyneth Paltrow, a 41-year-old mother of two, has the best toned tummy, according to other women. And 50-year-old Elle Macpherson – still known as The Body – came top of the female poll for perfect pins.

What do you think of the results of this study? Are such generalizations of beauty ideals beneficial?

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Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova: “Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done”

April 8, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus

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Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova: Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done | beauty body image

GQ is featuring human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova this month and their piece is full of gems, ranging from Valeria’s stands against mixing races (!) to body image. From GQ:

The writer’s take on Valeria Lukyanova, the human Barbie: “I realize that just like everyone reading about Human Barbie, I had had a simple narrative prepared in my head: A small-town girl grows up obsessed with dolls, etc. Instead, I get a racist space alien….Her brand-new hair extensions, the color of Chardonnay, hang straight down, reaching her nonexistent hips. Her mouth is frozen in a vacant half-smile; the teeth are small and almost translucent…It could be that the world and I have misjudged the Human Barbie in a fundamental way. Her steady drift from reality and into the twenty-first dimension is not about submissiveness, fame, or snagging a husband. It could be about finding a way out, however random, bizarre, and costly the route appears from the outside. It could be about gaining some measure of freedom.”

Lukyanova on beauty: “Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done. Everyone fixes up their face if it’s not ideal, you know? Everyone strives for the golden mean. It’s global now.”

Lukyanova on why ‘race-mixing’ is responsible for the increase in plastic surgery: “For example, a Russian marries an Armenian, they have a kid, a cute girl, but she has her dad’s nose. She goes and files it down a little, and it’s all good. Ethnicities are mixing now, so there’s degeneration, and it didn’t used to be like that. Remember how many beautiful women there were in the 1950s and 1960s, without any surgery? And now, thanks to degeneration, we have this. I love the Nordic image myself. I have white skin; I am a Nordic type—perhaps a little Eastern Baltic, but closer to Nordic.”

Lukyanova on having a family: “It’s unacceptable to me. The very idea of having children brings out this deep revulsion in me… I’d rather die from torture because the worst thing in the world is to have a family lifestyle.”

On feminism: “I’m against feminism. But what would you keep the children for? So they can get you a glass of water when you’re on your deathbed?”

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