Pears’ Palace of Beauty

Pears’ Palace of Beauty

HISTORY OF BEAUTY The Pears’ Palace of Beauty Lucy Santos, The Glamourologist 19 November 2016 If you’re anything like me, mention of soap brand Pears reminds you of the wistful words of every 80s mother with a blonde daughter – ‘Darling, you should have been...
Marlene Dietrich on ‘Glamour Stars’

Marlene Dietrich on ‘Glamour Stars’

No lexicographer has yet succeeded in exactly defining the word ‘glamour’. It just cropped up one day, but nobody can explain it or trace its etymology. I’ve often been asked about the meaning of this word and have always had to ‘throw up my...
Dolly Parton and the rouge of pain

Dolly Parton and the rouge of pain

Womanhood was a difficult thing to get a grip on in those hills, unless you were a man. My sisters and I used to cling desperately to anything halfway feminine. For a long time I was a tomboy, but once I got a better idea of what it meant to be a woman, I wanted it...
Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe

Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe

To men, wrote Norman Mailer, her image was “gorgeous, forgiving, humorous, compliant and tender… she would ask no price.” She was the child-woman who offered pleasure without adult challenge; a lover who neither judged nor asked anything in return. Both the...
Women’s Relationship with beauty: Joan Collins on “Glamour”

Women’s Relationship with beauty: Joan Collins on “Glamour”

On Glamour: Which Never Sleeps Glamour is an almost mythical quality that I find difficult to accurately describe- and nor can anybody else, it seems. The dictionary defines it as “sophisticated; in style  alluring, attractive; bewitching  captivating; classy;...