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Margaret McCartney: Perfect people

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4120

Beauty is more than skin deep

Women's obligatory pursuit of beauty is a terrible burden. A beautiful face requires luxuriant hair, bright eyes, gleaming teeth, perfect features, and flawless skin. A beautiful body requires a slender, shapely figure, with no fat or flab. And a beautiful appearance requires monogrammed, designer clothes with matching accoutrements. Sadly, these lofty standards impel many women to be obsessed with fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, nail salons, beauty parlors, cosmetic surgery, and image, all of which can ironically ruin a woman's life and health. Women should be freed from the inanity and insanity of vanity, so that they can dedicate themselves to life, love, health, and work, and let their appearance take care of itself. Beauty is sincere and dear, not artificial or superficial.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 August 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA