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No-one in this country owns his personal appearance any more. America has become a nation of obedient consumers actively participating in their own degradation. George Carlin, Brain Droppings audio
You’ll never look like other people, George. Mona Lisa 1986 starring Bob Hoskins & Michael Caine & Robbie Coltrane & Cathy Tyson & Clarke Peters & Kate Hardie & Zoe Nathenson & Sammi Davis & Rod Bedall & Joe Brown & Pauline Melville et al, director Neil Jordan, Thomas
Blanche: You haven’t said a word about my appearance ... God love you for a liar! Daylight never exposed so total a ruin! But you – you’ve put on some weight, yes, you’re as plump as a little partridge! And it’s so becoming of you. Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Why can’t you lose your good looks, Brick? Most drinking men lose theirs. Why can’t you? I think you’ve even got better looking since you went on the bottle. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 starring Paul Newman & Elizabeth Taylor & Burl Ives & Judith Anderson & Jack Carson & Madeleine Sherwood & Larry Gates & Vaughn Taylor, director Richard Brooks, Maggie to Brick
Counsellor Troi has altered her appearance. Star Trek: The Next Generation s6e3: Man of the People, Data to Riker
Appearances are deceptive. Mid-17th century proverb
I have often neglected my appearance. I admit it, and I also admit that it is ‘shocking’. But look here, lack of money and poverty have something to do with it too, as well as a profound disillusionment, and besides, it is sometimes a good way of ensuring the solitude you need, of concentrating more or less on whatever study you are immersed in. Vincent van Gogh
There is no trusting appearances. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal
Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger. Dalai Lama
I don’t understand why the press is so interested in speculating about my appearance, anyway. What does my face have to do with my music or my dancing? Michael Jackson
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Thomas Paine
Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many. Phaedrus
Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only. Samuel Butler
I like to make people feel happy and superior in their reaction towards my appearance. Kurt Cobain
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance. Aesop
Appearance rules the world. Friedrich Schiller
I just cash in on the fact that I’m good looking and I’ve got a nice figure and girls like me. Sid Vicious
So may the outward shows be least themselves:
The world is still deceived with ornament. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice III ii 73
I modelled my looks on the town tramp. Dolly Parton
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion. Aristotle
You’re Graham Souness, aren’t ya? You’re famous. I’m Yosser Hughes. You look like me. Magnum as well. Alan Bleasdale, Boys From the Blackstuff: Yosser’s Story, BBC 1982
Keep up appearances whatever you do. Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
He [Bruce the Mouse Strauss] is adept at altering his appearance, changing and colouring his hairstyle, sometimes wearing a moustache. Bruce Trampler, ‘Have Gloves, Will Travel’
Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right? Epictetus
I have been judging troupe spectaculars for many years and I’ve seldom been so delighted as I was today by the stunning displays; and it’s so nice to see everybody so nicely groomed. Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance 2007 starring Nick Twiney & Kerry Armstrong & Denise Roberts & Tara Morice & Ben Miller & Jane Hall & Nadine Garner & Toni Lamond & Noeline Brown & Josephine Barwick & Barry Crocker & Damon Gameau & Scott Irwin et al, director Daren Ashton, opening commentary
Keep up appearances; there lies the test;
The world will give thee credit for the rest.
Outward be fair, however foul within;
Sin if thou wilt, but then in secret sin. Charles Churchill 1731-64, Night
I spend a lot of time and money on my appearance … In the UK we spend over 9 billion a year on cosmetics that promise to improve and transform us. But how much of what beauty products promise is simply marketing manipulation, and how much is based on science and evidence. Cherry Healey, The Truth About Looking Good, BBC 2018
Three-quarters of women and half of all men moisturise. ibid.
The most expensive cream turned out to be the least hydrating by far … None of the creams improved the health of the skin at all … We saw no change in the health or appearance of the skin over our three-week study. ibid.
‘Sun exposure is the key cause of wrinkles.’ ibid.
Do any anti-wrinkle creams out there actually work? … ‘Retinol products … do work … They can still cause irritation … Suncream and retinol: that’s it.’ ibid.
90% of women have cellulite … In our small study, dry brushing was by far the most effective treatment for cellulite. ibid.
Her hair is dark blonde, maybe honey. It was tied back. She was slim. About 25, 26. She had very delicate features. Her eyes are sort of cat-like, wide but alert. Her lips are full. She has a long neck. High cheek bones. Her skin is smooth and bright. She had a lost look in her eye that was both direct and also chilling. She is totally focused yet almost entirely inaccessible. Killing Eve s1e3: Don’t I Know You? Eve’s description of assassin, BBC 2018
The cosmetic treatments industry is open for business again, and as lockdown eases the market is booming. We are being promised a new us – that we can change bits of our face and body we don’t like swiftly and easily. And 90% of modern cosmetic procedures do not involve surgery. The Truth About Cosmetic Treatments I: The Face, BBC 2020
The UK is one of the only countries where the cosmetic treatments industry is almost entirely unregulated. ibid.
There is definitely one facial cosmetic treatment of the moment – dermal fillers … gels injected under the skin that change the contours of the face. ibid.
A new filler treatment … one of the hottest cosmetic treatments of the moment is a liquid nose job … cost £575 compared to between £4-7,000 for surgery. ibid.
The potential for something to go wrong is really quite high … There are people giving injections who really shouldn’t be … Five reported cases of people being blinded by fillers. ibid.
Superdrug started offering Botox at its Charing Cross London store in August 2018 … Treatments start at £99. ibid.
A new Botox trend … marketing at younger people. ibid.