Salma Hayek eats fat! Going against the Hollywood-style deprivation and size zero obsession, the Oscar-nominated actress tells Harper’s Bazaar UK, “If you exercise too much and you don’t eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts ageing. And you know what? You look miserable.” Those of us who see superskinny models without makeup are inclined to agree. But while her diet and body issues will be the focus of most of the press coverage, she has a better secret worth sharing – avoiding jealousy: “I can be happy for other people for their beauty. Learn to be happy for others and you can never run out of happiness.” The Telegraph.
- Looking for a new job? Are you wearing makeup to the interview? Well, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it wrong. Debenhams, a department store chain in the UK and Ireland, polled 2,000 of its online customer who self-identified as having interviewed job candidates, and published the results in a press release. The resulting chart, which is being reported on as the scientific study it is not, lets readers know what bad impressions will be made. Ok, so just about everyone knows to try to not have chipped nail polish at a job interview, but should those who don’t wear mascara worry about the 3% of interviewers who might think of them as emotional wrecks? And to the 1% who think a woman with perfect makeup is gunning after their job: Yes. She is. The Daily Mail. Debenhams.
- Having imperfect hair and makeup can seriously hurt political candidates’ chances at securing a cushy government job, and after former Miss America contestant Sarah Palin’s rise (and fall), more veterans of the pageant are seeking election in recent years. Traveling back and forth across one’s home state giving speeches as a titleholder is actually pretty good training for the campaign trail, and as the pageant’s scholarship money does attract women looking to further their education as well as look good in a swimsuit, it’s surprising that more ambitious pageant winners haven’t furthered their “platforms” into running for office. While Ms. Palin’s visibility has highlighted the opportunities for good-looking women in politics, there are still stereotypes to battle: Miss Hawaii 2011, Republican Lauren Cheape, (who had better be doing her own hair and makeup to keep any Michele Bachman-style criticism at bay), is looking to secure a spot in the Hawaii State House. She tells The Hill “I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘You’re not an airhead like I thought you’d be.’” The Hill.
- We like to think of big pharmaceutical companies as magical profit centers, but the real money is not in treating disease, but in vanity. Indian pharmaceutical giant Lupin Ltd (LPC) is the world’s largest producer of drugs to treat tuberculosis, but has had fairly flat profit margins for over a decade. Now it’s looking to expand its reach into skin treatments and dermal fillers, intended to treat the vanity of India’s growing middle class. Shakti Chakraborty, the firm’s group president for India, tells Bloomberg: “This is for people who want to look better and the number of these people is going to increase. With economic growth, this market is going to really expand.” Lupi will introduce about 20 new products by 2015. Bloomberg Business Week.
- Ok, I get it, we’re vain and insecure and will spend endless amounts of money to look good, blah blah blah. And I never say never – not since I learned the hard way how the practice can mystically bring future trouble. But I got as close to saying it without saying it when I read about this product.
- The Gloss‘s Jennifer Wright explores the life and choices of Eva Braun – the woman who loved Hitler – in this week’s excellent installment of the Shelved Dolls series. Eva’s stand-by-your-man devotion was not just baffling to us – apparently her family didn’t care for the guy, either. Though they knew to keep their mouths shut when he came to power. What’s more horrifying, though, is how the boy-crazy and not-too-bright Eva, who spent most of her years with Hitler on vacation or shopping, not only ignored every single reality that was going on in her country, but only used her influence on the Führer to help keep the cosmetics industry going. The Gloss.