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Real Gorgeous: The Truth about Body and Beauty School & Library Binding – January 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0613237567 ISBN-10: 0613237560

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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613237560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613237567
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,528,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Kaz Cooke knew women needed a book that cut through the confusing and cruel messages about body image, beauty, eating disorders, diets, and cosmetic surgery. "Mostly, we needed a book that wasn't trying to sell us anything except self-confidence and the truth," says Cooke. "I couldn't find one so I had to write one." Written in the spirit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of body acceptance, Cooke playfully challenges some of the most oppressive misogynists of the 20th century: the beauty, fashion, and diet industries. Simultaneously funny and reassuring, Cooke boldly asserts her opinions and research on push-up bras (they dig and hurt), cellulite (it's a cosmetic company-induced condition, not a medical condition), and fashion models ("some of the most insecure, tortured souls around"). The cartoon illustrations offer comic and compassionate accents to this poignant discussion. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Australian filmmaker and newspaper columnist Cooke shoots as straight from the hip as Dr. Ruth when discussing body image. Although her jocular tone and clever cartoons often make this book more appropriate for young teens than adults (e.g., "Like a little old caterpillar programmed to become a butterfly, our grown-up shapes are already decided before we are born."), her no-nonsense pronouncements on the ultimate uselessness of moisturizer and the eating disorder- inducing tactics of the fashion industry are wonderfully refreshing. Some of this ground has already been covered, but Cooke's irreverence is all-inclusive: she reels off statistics and examples (particularly damaging are quotes from fashion magazines); doesn't wince from explaining why, scientifically speaking, "No cream or lotion in the world will firm or shape or enlarge or reduce your breasts"; and even supplies practical advice on how to deal with (or answer back to) people who feel compelled to comment on others' bodies. Cooke tries to be funny and very often succeeds, but she is never coy or condescending, and there is plenty of serious stuff mixed in with the cheery advice. Dissections of advertisements and their phony techno-speak are priceless, and her cartoons have the same mordant wit. A complete list of resources rounds out this hefty, funny reference.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I enjoyed reading his book, lots of info.
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I teach body image and self esteem to teens and this book is one the "reference" books I use.
Kim DeVoid
I think all women of all ages should read this book, even the young ones.
Shelley R. Stevenson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for anyone who is feeling like a 'space-porker from hell'. Kaz Cooke tells the truth about dieting, modelling, body image and much more. The section on cosmetic surgery and why it is not a good thing was really useful to me. The information is presented in a frank, easily readable way, with funny cartoons and tips on how to deal with the 'body police' and the 'style police'. This book taught me to feel good about who I am and that my personality is more important than my looks. I especially liked 'Social Blunder Woman' and the 'Sensible Underpants' cartoons.I really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) this great book and anyone who has ever felt like they are worthless, fat or ugly will too. An excellent read for women (and men!) of all ages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
Kaz Cooke is a friend to women everywhere. One of those friends who can tell you the truth and still make you feel better. The book covers issues like body image, advertising, make-up and beauty myths. It will give you a boost, as well as a laugh, and a lot of really useful, sensible information. It could just change the way you look at dieting, health, fashion etc. Lots of perspective and a breath of fresh air. There are plenty of cartoons, drawings and real life letters, tips on what to say to "the body police" and ideas on how to boost your body image, amongst other things. This book is a good counterpoint to the madness that young women go through every day. It's a sensible, mature healthy way to live and think.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karin Couture on October 21, 2001
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If you have ever doubted your looks or just one part of your body, this book is for you. I think every woman but espicially teenagers should read this book. It gives you a normal way to view your body and all it's parts. You get an objective view on fashion magazines, models, actresses, thighs, breasts, etc. You get references to other books and organizations and some feedback and comments from real woman throughout the book. But what makes this so different from all other self esteem books is that it is funny! It is truthful and helpful but also funny and smart with drawings and cartoons that leave you saying " I am ok and i like myself." I reccommend this book to ALL women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "aimsley" on December 30, 1999
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The self-esteem booster book Real Gorgeous by Kaz Cooke is a fun way to learn more about yourself and others. The target audience is women, but it is suitable for men also. (It might humor them) The book helped me to overcome a false body image and accept my body the way it is. Actually, I love my body the way it is and this book contributed to my new outlook. I highly recommend Real Gorgeous to females from 15 to 150 years of age. It is funny, practical, and useful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Ogi on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I Loved this book. Nicely demonstrates the affect society has on a woman's self image, and helps to combat that. Plus, it's just a fun read.
Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyable. I would say it's probably better for late teen girls, but definitely a must for anyone struggling with self-image issues or qundry's of how to remain perfect in an imperfect society.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
This bright pink book just screams for attention. Australian author Kaz Cooke is well known for her cartoons, films, and writing. Her humorous book provides delightful wisdom about a variety of female topics: nutrition, dieting, the fashion industry, and self-image to name a few. As Cooke says, �We want to find out how to stop seeing our bodies as the enemy. And hey, let�s face it, we wouldn�t mind a laugh while we�re at it.� Cooke manages to provide serious, thoughtful information in a casual, appealing manner. Because the text is divided by bold titles and subtitles, it is easy to pick it up and flip through to a subject of interest. The text is broken up by cartoons, quotes, and quizzes. One of the best parts of the book is the �Contacts� and �Further Reading� lists at the end of each topic. The book is sassy and fun, great for kids from 14-103. Some of the humor may go over the heads of younger readers. This version has been �Americanized,� changing metric measures to American measures.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marion Johnson on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is fun and very tongue-in-cheek and makes you feel good about those cute chunky thighs. The book is promoted for women "11-111", but it is NOT appropriate for girls in their early teen years. I bought the book for my 12 year old daughter, but I'm glad I read it first. I will not be giving it to her. Some of the drawings are a bit too graphic, and sexuality is mentioned as though the reader is sexually active. This book is OK for grown women, but not for young girls as it will only further bewilder them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim DeVoid on December 8, 1999
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I absolutely LOVED this book. I teach body image and self esteem to teens and this book is one the "reference" books I use. I also send home a list of good books for both teens and their mothers to read. This book is at the top of the list. Kaz takes most of the popular myth about beauty and the industry and blows it away with fact and humor.
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