Mermaids: they’re so glamorous, right? They can live in the sea, away from society with its annoying bills and bosses, and they always have great hair! At least that’s what we want to think about them, but mermaids have a long and tangled history, and most of it is quite gruesome. After all, the sea was a terrifying place – even the bravest of sailors had fears about what lies beneath in the depths. Explore Matt Simon’s journey into The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid at Wired.com.
The ever-incredible Helen Mirren just signed her first beauty deal with L’Oreal. At 69. YahooBeauty.
Kim Kardashian showed off her butt for Paper Magazine, and the Internet went crazy. But I was outraged at the total ripoff of Jean-Paul Goude. Until I learned that the ripoff of Jean-Paul Goude’s 1976 photograph of Carolina Beaumont was shot by Goude himself. Well played, Paper!
Want to go on a “Purge Holiday”? I won’t be joining you, but go ahead if that’s your thing. And they’re a big thing for wealthy women (and a few men) who want to have the time and money to spend being tortured for their own good. The New York Times sent Cathy Horyn to a German Medical(ish) Health Resort to live on broth, liver compresses, hot/cold firehose showers, fresh air and mountain views. After which she dined at one of the most celebrated restaurants in Europe. Her conclusion? Food tastes even better when you’re hungry. Tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com.
Best High-Low matchup of the season: Makeup Museum finds the same color palette in John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Gardiner Greene Hammond (Esther Fiske Hammond) and the NYX Golden Horizons palette. MakeupMuseum.org.
In Pictures: Beauty and fashion photographer Kenneth Willardt just published The Beauty Book, featuring 15 years of his beauty photography. That would be news enough – Willardt is behind many of Maybelline and L’Oreal’s campaign images, and he clearly loves photographing faces. But Willardt’s book is the first interactive beauty book, with an accompanying iPhone app that recognizes certain photos and plays animations with sound. At 304 pages the book is worth it without the animation – but get it before the technology outdates itself. Interview and video at NYMag.com.