Sunday, April 24, 2011

DVF, Beauty and Imperfection

Diane von Furstenberg is a designer who is well known for her classic prints and iconic wrap dresses. She has been designing since the 1970's and as a successful designer in the fashion industry (and as a woman!!), she has a lot to say about beauty. I came across something that she said recently that I wanted to share.

"Sometimes I think that we've regressed . . . All these women with fake breasts and cosmetic surgery — all that just objectifies us again . . . But I think the pendulum will swing back the other way. The whole point about beauty is its imperfection."

What do you think of that statement that she makes, that the whole point about beauty is its imperfection? While I certainly agree with her, I think it is a tough thing to conceptualize-- since most of the cultural messages we receive tell us a different story. One thing that I try to think about is how boring our world would be if we all looked the same! I think that we can often get sucked into the comparison vortex, trying to measure our appearance (and really our perceptions of our appearance!) based on what others look like. It is a vicious cycle that amongst other things, lends itself to a lack of originality. I hadn't really thought about it like that before... Consider the words of Diane von Furstenberg this week, and start to think about how you might begin to embrace the beauty of imperfection.


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  2. Hi Samual,
    Yes, plastic surgery is an extremely personal decision. I am speaking here to beauty and the idea of imperfection more than plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is probably too much to tackle in one small post :-). Thanks for reading!

  3. just curious- have you have read Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown? do you have any ED-related book recommendations? books you know of that are positive for recovery? thanks!

  4. Hi! Thanks for reading :) I have read excerpts from Harriet Brown's book, but haven't read it from cover to cover yet! It's on my list! Jenni Schaefer's Goodbye Ed, Hello Me is a great one, Eating by the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnson and Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna Kandel are also great! Hope those help!!