What Makes You Beautiful?

For one year, I am documenting and recording everything that I, as one modern woman in our Western culture, do to “make myself beautiful”. In doing so, I hope to explore the social and personal construction of feminine beauty.

I firmly believe that every woman is beautiful Рbut very few of us actually think so, for a variety of reasons. I hope that, by discussing  and documenting definitions and ideas about beauty and female bodies, I and the women who get involved with this project will be able to see both ourselves and other women for the truly stunning creatures we all are.

On a practical level, I began saving everything I used to “make myself beautiful” on July 1, 2010 and will continue to do so until June 30, 2011. This includes make-up, make-up remover pads, lotion bottles, nail polish… and many other objects d’art. I am also saving all my receipts from such purchases, so that I can know how much I spend on beauty throughout an entire year. I am keeping a daily journal, jotting down any thoughts I might have on beauty and/or my body on that particular day. At the end of the year, I intend to create multimedia collages from all of these objects and artifacts.

In conjunction with the daily diary, I will make regular posts to this site, to the section entitled Beauty Diary, which will include highlights from the handwritten version, as well as other musings. Be sure to also check out the Share Your Story page. In this section, you can share your own thoughts and feelings about the creation and construction of beauty, about your body and about other related issues through interviews and comments. Finally, the Read All About It page will include links to related, interesting articles.