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  • Author: Bri Lee
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf was published the year Bri Lee was born, and our society's self-imposed semi-starvation and plethora of eating disorders is more severe than ever almost thirty years later. What is the current beauty ideal and what happens to you if you try to reach it? Bri did try to reach that ideal, and like she does with everything she takes on, she went hard. Then she read and watched and wrote to climb her way out of it. The result is this disarmingly honest, skilfully argued personal essay. Where is the pressure for thinness coming from if 'women's magazines' are dying with the rest of print media, and how is Instagram different now that we all curate each other's feeds and power is decentralised? Considering Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, critical theory of beauty as ethical ideal, Bri's own experiences with eating disorders, what is now known as the self-esteem movement, what emerges in Beauty is a disturbing and entirely familiar picture of idiotic perpetuation - resulting in inevitable failure. Add a healthy knowledge of the modern beauty and fashion industries, criticism of documentaries like Amy and Dries, and one confronting Harper's Bazaar dinner honouring Women of Influence, and the result is a compelling, moving, exhilarating and triumphant rejection of something we shouldn't have subscribed to in the first place.

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