OF BEAUTY are
conning the American woman into a costly,
dangerous and futile pursuit: the perfect
Her story is never the
Ellen Fisher Turk
battled the mirror daily.
banned food, and then binged.
Makeda donned a veil.
Carla became thin by accident.
Erin was thin for a living.
Raven became a diva.
every woman’s story contains common
threads. The media, the diet industry
and culture all come into play.
media promote a biologically unattainable
diet industry promises to deliver it.
has become a tempting taboo.
surgery has upped the ante of perfection.
many women are fighting back by rejecting
culturally imposed beauty standards
and replacing them with their own, individual
version of beauty.