Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier YouI recently made one of the best thrift scores in my life when I happened upon a small library of hardcover books from the late '60s/early '70s called Woman Alive. The books are essentially a series of texts for grown women on how to be…grown women. The topics of each book range from personal appearance, crafting, cooking, understanding your body, and how to cope with the unfortunate state of being single. The photos and text within the books is a goldmine of inaccurate information and awesome hair. Each week, I'll share one with you all. First up, "Discover a Lovelier You," the description of which reads verbatim:
Beauty-today that one little world has as many facets as a diamond. it means fashion magazines, models, and movie stars. It means a thousand and one products and services, from cosmetics and the latest fashions, to hair stylists and figure experts. It even means controversy, at least to a few members of Women's Lib, who say that womanly beauty is overstressed. But the desire to be attractive is as natural and timeless as human nature itself. This book, then takes a fresh and happy approach to skin and hair care, make-up and clothes, diet and exercise. And, as a bonus, there's a chapter on the intriguing relationship between looks and self-image, and an in-depth report on cosmetic surgery.
Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier YouThe book starts out with a chapter called "Self-Image, The Key to Your Looks." This part made me laugh:
The desire to be beautiful-or at least without noticeable imperfections-seems to be as universal among women as the desire to succeed is among men....But should we want to be beautiful? We all know what the most militant members of Women's Lib feel on this score....Is there anything in what the militants say? NO, if what they really mean is that we should neglect our looks entirely, just let ourselves go, and devote our energies to self-expression.
It's funny 'cause it's true. The caption for this picture read, "At the beginning, all of us experiment uncertainly with the paraphernalia of feminine adornment-and who can't remember the delight and excitement of staring into a mirror at a face that is clearly your own, but subtly changed by the unfamiliar magic of the lipstick." Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You And who can't remember the delight and excitement of realizing that "the lipstick" can somewhat distract people from your pronounced Amblyopia? A lot of the information on how to make yourself seem "lovelier" seems really counterproductive. Case in point, this lady isn't exactly selling me on the benefits of highlighting: Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You And while we're on the topic of hair: Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You This was actually in the book as a "Do" not a "Don't" with the caption reading, "This hairpiece creates an elaborate coiffure for that special evening." What kind of evening? A black-tie cow milking? A night at the circus? Being Tyra Banks at panel? I was actually disappointed that there weren't better, more exact makeup and hair tips. (Um, how could they not explain back combing, considering the era?) This was about as specific as they got, which seems to be an example of how to go from Woody Allen to RuPaul in 10 steps. Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You Back to counterproductive, these are facial exercises that are recommended: Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You That's like putting you on the fast track to Botoxville. This is a color chart of some kind. I can't make heads or tails of it. Dark skin? Light skin? Wha!? Tell me what friggin' color I'm supposed to wear and in what season. Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You And lastly, I leave you with boob exercises: Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You Woman Alive: Discover A Lovelier You