Thanks to everyone who came to the book launch. I hope you enjoyed it at least half as much as I did. It meant so much to see everyone there! I’ve loved all the feedback I’ve gotten and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of the book.
By the way, if you’re looking to purchase a copy of the book because you couldn’t make it, or you’re just plain interested, let me know and I should be able to make that happen for you!
So, there’s much talk in the scientific community about the things that make people find others attractive universally and they’ve done a few studies that mostly come down to symmetry but below is an article in the NY Times that talks about a machine (the “beautification machine”) that was developed where you can take a picture of someone and make it fit the standard of attractiveness set by the scientists. The article link is here.
But the link that may be more interesting at first is looking at a slide show of celebrities. Their pictures tend to make them look less attractive after the “beautification machine” did its magic on them, so you can check out the difference here.
This Youtube video (link below) makes a point that I managed to avoid going over in my book; models are frequently displayed in extremely vulnerable or weak positions. Empowering pictures of models are hard to find at times. Just take a look at the body posture of most models in magazines and see if they look like they’re strong when they have the rounded shoulder look going on, or splayed out on a surface. Check out the short video for what I mean.
So, at the bottom of the post, there’s a link to an article from Grip magazine, an Albertan publication written by teens, about a girl in Sherwood Park who’s doing workshops with girls to build self-esteem. Joanne Cave is Exhibit A for the arguement that people a) care about how girls see themselves and b) are totally doing things about it. Also, she’s my age, so she must be cool. Check her out!