Real Gorgeous

Overview

A hilarious and empowering book for girls and women who are insecure about their body image.
Take it from Kaz Cooke: "There are millions of gorgeous body shapes. Yours is one of them. Dieting doesn't work. Your thighs are pretty cute. Exercise should be fun not duty. Cheap cosmetics can be as good as expensive ones. Advertising lies. Plastic surgery sucks. Modeling can be miserable. You can recover from an eating disorder. You can read ...

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Overview

A hilarious and empowering book for girls and women who are insecure about their body image.
Take it from Kaz Cooke: "There are millions of gorgeous body shapes. Yours is one of them. Dieting doesn't work. Your thighs are pretty cute. Exercise should be fun not duty. Cheap cosmetics can be as good as expensive ones. Advertising lies. Plastic surgery sucks. Modeling can be miserable. You can recover from an eating disorder. You can read magazines and watch television critically. You can fight the Body Police."
At last, here is a book that tells you how to be friends with your body. Real Gorgeous is a big, funny, reassuring read about fashion fibs and diet myths—and the truth about, among other things, push-ups, push-up bras, and the great cellulite scam. It is meticulously researched and sensible, but it avoids impenetrable theory and instead embraces the fun of clothes, makeup, and life in general.
Packed with jokes, Cooke's own cartoons, and practical ways to find real self-esteem and avoid freak-outs and rip-offs, Real Gorgeous is easy to read, relevant, and an indispensable boost for women aged 11 to 111.

At last--an empowering book that tells girls and women how to be friends with their bodies. Packed with jokes, cartoons, and practical ways to find real self-esteem and avoid freak-outs and rip-offs, Real Gorgeous is easy to read, relevant, and an indispensable boost for women ages 11 to 111.

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Editorial Reviews

Sydney Morning Herald
“Kaz Cooke's style is somewhere between Jane Austen and a hand grenade.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Australian filmmaker and newspaper columnist Cooke shoots as straight from the hip as Dr. Ruth when discussing body image. Although her jocular tone and clever cartoons often make this book more appropriate for young teens than adults (e.g., ``Like a little old caterpillar programmed to become a butterfly, our grown-up shapes are already decided before we are born.''), her no-nonsense pronouncements on the ultimate uselessness of moisturizer and the eating disorder- inducing tactics of the fashion industry are wonderfully refreshing. Some of this ground has already been covered, but Cooke's irreverence is all-inclusive: she reels off statistics and examples (particularly damaging are quotes from fashion magazines); doesn't wince from explaining why, scientifically speaking, ``No cream or lotion in the world will firm or shape or enlarge or reduce your breasts''; and even supplies practical advice on how to deal with (or answer back to) people who feel compelled to comment on others' bodies. Cooke tries to be funny and very often succeeds, but she is never coy or condescending, and there is plenty of serious stuff mixed in with the cheery advice. Dissections of advertisements and their phony techno-speak are priceless, and her cartoons have the same mordant wit. A complete list of resources rounds out this hefty, funny reference. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313550
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 806,635
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaz Cooke is one of Australia's most popular writer-cartoonists. A film maker and newspaper columnist as well, she is the author of four other books and she believes popcorn should be one of the major food groups.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Shapes and sizes 1
In the beginning 1
Why are we told to be skinny? 13
How do you judge your size and shape? 18
2 Weight for me 23
Food 23
Nutrition 27
Daily needs 30
Dieting 33
Obesity 52
Eating disorders 56
Exercise 73
3 What is normal? 89
Do I have normal breasts? 89
Do I have normal thighs? 98
Do I have normal periods? 109
Do I have normal skin? 116
Do I have normal smells? 120
Do I have normal teeth? 122
Cosmetic surgery 123
4 Fashion victims 137
Models and role models 137
The fashion industry 150
Style police 156
5 Hyper hype 165
Lotions and potions 165
Makeup 180
Beauty salons 191
Perfume 191
Hair 195
6 You are not your buttocks 201
Self-image and self-esteem 201
Body-image boosters 208
The body police 213
7 In short 227
Contacts 229
Notes 243
Index 251
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