The Looks Book: A Whole New Approach to Beauty, Body Image, and Style

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As exciting to look at as it is to read, The Looks Book is guaranteed to be a must-have book for teens and young women everywhere. A fascinating exploration of the history, culture, science, and business of beauty, this is also the first book to empower women to simply have fun with their looks. Throughout the book, real quotes from other looks-obsessed girls will help readers to put their own body image issues into perspective. And real-life examples of a stunning range of beauty archetypes help young women to ...
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Overview

As exciting to look at as it is to read, The Looks Book is guaranteed to be a must-have book for teens and young women everywhere. A fascinating exploration of the history, culture, science, and business of beauty, this is also the first book to empower women to simply have fun with their looks. Throughout the book, real quotes from other looks-obsessed girls will help readers to put their own body image issues into perspective. And real-life examples of a stunning range of beauty archetypes help young women to re-define their concepts of beauty, while emphasizing self-expression, self-invention, and a healthy irreverence toward traditional ideals.
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Publishers Weekly
From the creators of the teen website gURL.com and the authors of the national bestseller Deal With It! comes this chirpily upbeat sophomore effort ("a three-part investigation into how looks affect our lives-and how we can take beauty into our own hands") that will undoubtedly appeal to style- and looks-obsessed adolescents and tweens. An impressive amount of information is crammed into these whimsically art-directed and sometimes busy pages: there's history (fashion through the ages) anatomy (body types and body parts), psychology (body image) and even comedy (the plentiful cartoons that poke gentle fun at female body obsession). Everything from nose jobs to breast size to pubic hair gets discussed in a non-threatening and usually bubbly way (Christianity put the "official kibosh" on makeup; "boobs are pretty great" whatever their size). There are, of course, the requisite celebrity references; here they're most effectively used to illustrate different fashion types: there's Grace Kelly as Ice Queen, Jennifer Lopez as Diva, Mae West as Goddess and Venus and Serena Williams as Power Jocks (accompanying illustrations deconstruct their looks). While frothy fashion and beauty factoids abound, the basic message of empowerment-that girls should be happy with their inner and outer selves-is presented here with intelligence and humor. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142002117
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Esther Drill, Heather McDonald and Rebecca Odes are all founders of gURL.com, which was launched in 1996. The authors have made numerous national radio and television appearances discussing their experiences with gURL and teen girl issues.
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