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Beyond Beauty: Girls Speak Out on Looks, Style and Stereotypes Paperback – September 23, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (September 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609801481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609801482
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 13.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,275,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 6^-9. "Beautiful is confidence, beautiful is smart, beautiful is dedication, beautiful is unusual rather than samesamesame." That's the message Pratt, founder of Sassy and Jane magazines, wants to convey in this oversize book of personal profiles of young women, a few of whom (like LeAnn Rimes and Oksana Baiul) will be known to readers. The girls, who range in age from 14 to 19, seem nicely varied in terms of personality and interests--from model to equestrian to zine "edatrix." The single "virtual" profile of Kyoko Date (a computer-generated 17-year-old complete with pictures and a favorite movie, Toy Story) is the most bizarre. During the course of four or five pages, the girls talk about what they do for fun, about their work and their clothes, and, occasionally, about what they think beauty is. Except perhaps for Kyoko's "opinions," there are no real surprises in what the girls have to say; the profiles seem more chatty than salient to Pratt's goal. But there's no denying the appeal of the photos--posed and candid, in black and white and color--which makes this a good book to put out on the display table. Stephanie Zvirin

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Heylo
i just wanted to say that this book was really inspiring and helped me to understand different people (be more open). Anyway this book inspired me to write my own book about me and my friends, who knows it might get published someday. oh yah and just for the record i am 15 i'm just too lazy to sign up haha
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Natalie Portman cover photo says it all! This book is a masterpiece! I could not put it down. An enthralling and personal look into the psyche of teenage girls everywhere. Ambitious, personal, and erotic. Highly Recommended!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
Beyond Beauty delivers a conflicting message that is potentially quite destructive. While the author purports to offer an alternative perspective with regards to conceptions of beauty, in fact the book goes on to highlight very conventional and superficial aspects of physical attractiveness. If a book were to really explore aspects of personhood "beyond beauty", it might explore elements of achievement that have nothing to do with physical appearance. Instead, author Jane Pratt delves headlong into make-up tips and photographs of pretty faces, while giving lip service to the need for girls to move beyond obsession with physical attractiveness. This kind of double message is potentially destructive, since it promises an alternative to those who might be desperate for one, then proceeds to offer the status quo. A reader who actually hopes to find a message in this book with substance, a perspective that actually differs from that in Seventeen Magazine (or Sassy magazine, or Jane magazine) will be sorely dissappointed. Beyond Beauty, this book is titled? Where, then, are pictures of the teenagers with physical disabilities, who face challenges multiple times every day, and still prevail? Where are pictures of teens with intellectual limitations who continue to strive to do THEIR very best, regardless of where that perfomrance falls on the normal curve of achievement? Where are the stories of young women who have suffered accidents or disfigurement, yet have managed to come to terms with the fact they look different from most other people and have found meaning in areas of life that are "beyond beauty"?Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
A new magazine for women Jane has recently been published by the author of Beyond Beauty. The magazine is different than most other magazines for females. I am a teenager and just love the magazine and the book. Both offer unique role models plus some of the beauty/fashion all women crave. I am not ashamed to read the mag or this photo/essay book as I am Teen or YM, I am quite proud!
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Natalie (whats her name) can be pretty when her makeup is on right. The cover of this book clearly shows her with her makeup on in a freaky (and kinda ugly) way. This book showcases overrated and not all that great "beauties". Save your money and buy a book with more substance.
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