The ironies abound. The implications sicken. The stomach turns.
So, in a country in which women are pressured to look more Western to look “prettier” in job interviews and get ahead in an extremely lookist society, now even the artificial female servants are required to go under the knife in order to best meet the perceived needs of customer service. (Hat tip toPopular Gusts for their original post).
Physiognomy is a project that explores the “meaning” of the features of the human face. The basic premise of physiognomy is that the features of the human face are outward indicators of unseen traits of personality and character. According to this “science,” the topography of the human face encodes meaning.
I had been examining cosmetic surgery and noting that outward changes in appearance don’t fundamentally change personality, at least as it is assessed by such authorities as the Myers-Briggs personality indicator. But according to the precepts of physiognomy, new features would result in new personality traits. I began playing with the physiognomatic connection between external appearance and inner reality through a series of paired make overs.
I first developed palettes of features correlated to personality traits. There was a palette of eyes, a palette of noses, a palette of mouths, and every example represented in the palettes was linked to a specific trait. The wide-set eyes represented a “big picture” approach to the world and an impatience with details, for example; the tip-tilted nose represented a flirtatiousness and an inability to manage money. The first makeover was a features makeover. A volunteer subject was photographed and invited to select new facial features for himself from the palettes; his selections were then incorporated into his photograph using Photoshop. He was not aware at the time he chose his features that they were correlated to specific personality traits. When presented with his new face, he was presented with the new personality accompanying his selected features.
The second makeover was a personality makeover. I developed a questionnaire that invited the same subject to design his ideal personality by choosing character traits for himself. Unbeknownst to him, the trait choices were correlated to specific facial features. So in choosing the components of a new personality, the subject was simultaneously choosing new facial features. I incorporated these into the subject’s photograph, again using Photoshop, and presented the subject with the face of his new personality.
When you look at someone’s face, what part do you concentrate on? Common wisdom has it that the eyes are the focal point of the face and they are the features that draw attention first. But according to a new study, that may not be universally true - while Western cultures do fixate on the eyes, East Asians tend to focus on the nose.
The photo exhibition “Beauty Culture” at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, with 175 pictures by iconic photographers, is aimed at starting people thinking and talking about female beauty.
As the Miss World contest turns 60, writer and academic Mary Beard takes a peek at the competition and ponders why - unlike her teenage days as a radical feminist - the whole occasion doesn’t fill her with fury.
What’s new for fashion in 1940 ? Well …the silhouette for one thing ! The advice from this writer in the spring of 1940 was to face up to reality and to your real body shape. Some of the problem areas being hilariously referred to as “the matron’s bulge,” “the heavy calf,” and “the thickened waistline.” "Off with the swing skirt and on with the straight. Waistlines are now lower and suit jackets long: Skirt pleats start low, very low, and front fullness is centered to avoid width. Skirt lengths ? About the same - seventeen inches from the floor, but let your figure be your guide girls.
A vintage tutorial on how to dress correctly for your body shape.Everything you need to know about what kind of figure you have, and what kind of figure you might like to have ! The irreverant Trinny and Susannah have identified 12 different body types - to help women choose the right fitting clothes - namely apple, hourglass, skittle, vase, cornet, lollipop, column, bell, goblet, cello, pear and finally brick ! Whew ! In the 1930’s,1940’s, and 1950’s, things were a little less complicated.
Just three questions to ask yourself - Are you Normal, Scant or Full ? Found this is an old Spencer Corsetry catalogue. It applies still today for dress and lingerie fitting.
The Abdomen [above image] View figure from the side. For purpose of figure description, the abdomen is considered as starting at the waistline . The “Normal” abdomen will have a slight curve, but no pronounced fullness. The “Scant” abdomen may be flat or concave. The “Full” abdomen has a decided curve.
Front Thighs [above image] View figure from the side. Consider the curve from the groin down to the knee . If there is only a slight curve, giving a smooth, unbroken line, the thigh is “Normal.” If the line is straight, the description is “Scant.” If there is a bulging curve, the description is “Full.”
Back-Up [above image] View figure from the side. Consider the curve from the waist up as high as the support is to be ordered If it is only a slight curve, giving a smooth, unbroken line, it is “Normal.” If the line is straight, the description is “Scant.” If there is a bulging curve, the description is “Full.”
Back-Down [above image] View figure from the side. Consider the curve from the waist down to the crease where the buttock joins the leg . When the figure has a rounded curve the description is “Normal.” The figure with a straight, flat backline is “Scant.” When the backline shows a bulging curve, the description is “Full.”
Under-Arm [above image] View figure from the front, but so that side of breast does not obscure the underarm line. Consider the curve from the waist up as high as support will extend.
Side Hip [above image] View figure from the front. Consider the curve at the side of figure from the waistline down to a point which is opposite and slightly below the crotch
Side Thighs [above image] View figure from the front. Consider the curve in that portion of the side leg which is opposite and slightly above the crotch, down to the knee . If there is only a slight curve, giving a smooth, unbroken line, the thigh is “Normal.” If the curve is less than normal, the description is “Scant.” If there is a bulging curve, the description is “Full.”
PERFECT FEMALE POSTURE [above image]
Posture is called ” erect ” when a perpendicular line from the ear passes through the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle joints (see dotted line on left-hand figure). The curves at back above and below waist are normal. The pelvis is balanced perfectly, in a completely natural position . The line drawn through the figure at right indicates the normal tilt of the pelvis. The organs are properly placed, breathing is natural, and the body is gracefully poised. Few people have erect posture.
NORMAL FEMALE POSTURE [ or Lardotic ] [above image]
The sign of lordotic posture is a deep curve in the back near the waistline . There is more than normal fullness below waist at back and usually fullness above waist at back. The shoulders are thrown backward to balance the body. The pelvis is tilted too far downward at front and the contents of the abdominal cavity are thrown forward and downward, out of their normal position. The dotted line indicates normal tilt ; the solid line shows extra downward tilt which has occurred in the pelvis. Many women have lordotic posture.