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On Beauty

How do you define beauty? Our current culture seems to define beauty for women in particular as very slender and youthful. In fact, our present definition of “beautiful” is probably more narrow than it has ever been in history. The “00” slim, angular, pre-pubescent figure that walks the runway today is a far cry from the voluptuous, curvy figure favored by painters of the Renaissance era. Other cultures are much more accepting and forgiving of the wide range of figures women naturally have. One of my clients lamented recently after a trip to Africa: “I wish I could have stayed; everyone there thinks I am so slender;” being thin in Africa indicates a life of poverty and manual labor whil

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