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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c161

Beauty is more than skin deep

The pursuit of beauty is a terrible burden. A beautiful face requires bright eyes,
gleaming teeth, luxuriant hair, perfect features, and flawless skin. A beautiful
body requires strong muscles, flat abdomen, trim buttocks, and no fat or flab.
And a beautiful appearance requires monogrammed, designer clothes with
matching accoutrements. So it's no wonder that so many people are obsessed
with fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, cosmetic surgery, and image. Let's rebel
these obsessions, and free ourselves from the inanity and insanity of vanity.
Then we can dedicate ourselves to life, love, health, and work, and let our
appearance take care of itself.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 January 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA