Glamour belongs to anyone who chooses it

“Classic beauty” is bullshit. Glamour is a choice: It belongs to and suits anyone who wants it. It is not required of anyone or forbidden to anyone. Humanity is a constant; gender is a construct; femme is a choice. Beauty standards are constructs placed upon us by others, changeable through time and place and usually intentionally nigh impossible. (Fuck ’em.)

I applaud these women for choosing glamour, even if only for one day… for claiming and owning a type of beauty pride which was withheld from too many, for too long. Every woman is entitled to be any woman she wants to be. That day, this is how they wanted to be seen. This is not frivolous… it’s freedom.

I do what I do with my vintage wardrobe for the pleasure of it, and it gives me joy to see these ladies dabbling. But I would love this little experiment just as much if my personal style had nothing to do with anything vintage. I am grateful they are gently calling out the sins of beauty oppression… for there are many, and it’s not just a history thing either. Doing shoots like this is fun, it’s a small gesture of self-expression, and yet it’s important in its own way. I’m glad to see it, and grateful.

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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