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Nancy L. Etcoff
“The idea that beauty is unimportant is the real beauty myth.”
“Beauty ensnares hearts, captures minds, and stirs up emotional wildfires. From Plato to pinups, images of human beauty have catered to a limitless desire to see and imagine an ideal human form.”
“Beauty is equal parts flesh and imagination: we imbue it with our dreams, saturate it with our longings.”
“... throughout human history people have scarred, painted, pierced, padded, stiffened, plucked, and buffed their bodies in the name of beauty.”
“In Brazil there are more Avon ladies than members of the army. In the United States more money is spent on beauty than on education or social services.”
“Appearance is the most public part of the self. It is our sacrament, the visible self that the world assumes to be a mirror of the invisible, inner self.”
“Physical beauty is like athletic skill: it peaks young.”
Nancy L. Etcoff, U.S. writer, cognitive researcher, educator