Beyond Beauty: Girls Speak Out on Looks, Style, and Stereotypes

Beyond Beauty: Girls Speak Out on Looks, Style, and Stereotypes

by Jane Pratt
     
 

Beyond Beauty is the first book to give girls under 20 what they really want - tons of advice and insights on the issues that most fascinate them: beauty, style, health, fitness, fame, and the role that these concerns should play in their lives. 25 teens, all notable in such areas as film, sports, science, fashion, dance, theater, and music, reveal to Jane Pratt how… See more details below

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Beyond Beauty is the first book to give girls under 20 what they really want - tons of advice and insights on the issues that most fascinate them: beauty, style, health, fitness, fame, and the role that these concerns should play in their lives. 25 teens, all notable in such areas as film, sports, science, fashion, dance, theater, and music, reveal to Jane Pratt how issues of physical appearance have affected them: how their experiences, accomplishments, and pressure from friends, family, and skinny girls in glossy magazines have shaped their impressions of what it means to be beautiful. The girls also share makeup tips, their favorite never-leave-home-without-it items, their least favorite physical features, what they love about their jobs (like kissing Brad Pitt) and what they don't love about them (like never getting to see friends), and where they hang out. Jane's own makeup and hairstyling gurus provide beauty techniques and tips especially tailored to girls under 20.

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VOYA - Jamie Hansen
Twenty-four young women ranging in age from thirteen to nineteen reveal their ideas about beauty and style in this hip magazine-style volume. Pratt, founder of Sassy magazine, gives structure to each article by presenting her subjects with the same fill-in-the-blank statement, such as "I freak out if I leave home without," "How long it takes me to get ready for a party (with details on what is involved)," or "I can't leave home without my." Cute family snapshots contrast vividly with the gorgeous portraits made for the book by photographer Christy Bush. Funky (and sometimes nearly illegible) typefaces combine with an eye-popping use of color and dazzling page layouts. Equestrienne Allison Firestone is here, as are tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, gymnast Domenique Moceanu, country singer LeAnn Rimes, violinist Vanessa-Mae, skater Oksana Baiul, visually impaired high school student Sharon Anyimi, actress Natalie Portman, and scientist Ting Luo. Pratt even includes a tongue-in-cheek interview with Japanese computer-generated "typical teen" Kyoko Date. While there is some diversity in these young voices, the message here is repeated again and again: less makeup is good, set your own style, don't follow the crowd, beauty comes from within. Since nearly all of these girls are beautiful, famous, well-off, and, except for Amyimi, non-physically challenged, the message may be a little difficult to accept. The format and subject matter will ensure popularity, but the book may risk vandalism. Illus. Photos. VOYA Codes: 3Q 5P M J S (Readable without serious defects, Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609801482
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/23/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.85(w) x 13.42(h) x 0.62(d)

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