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The Cosmetic GazeBody Modification and the Construction of Beauty$
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Bernadette Wegenstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262232678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.001.0001

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The Dark Side of Beauty: From Convulsive Beauty to Makeover Disfiguration

The Dark Side of Beauty: From Convulsive Beauty to Makeover Disfiguration

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(p.61) 2 The Dark Side of Beauty: From Convulsive Beauty to Makeover Disfiguration
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The Cosmetic Gaze
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Bernadette Wegenstein

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.003.0002

Plato, who coined the term kal ó kagatheia to express the quality of being raised correctly, believed that outer beauty and beauty of the soul go hand in hand. This chapter deals with the dark side of beauty. The author has taken the example of Nadja, the surrealist novel by Andre Breton, to explore the concepts of “other beauty” and “beauty’s hell.” The chapter also explains the dark side of beauty by taking the example of the birthmark. This feeling is so acute that a birthmark on the cheek of a beautiful woman becomes a deformity. Michael Jackson is an example of this dark side of beauty because he used the cosmetic gaze to transcend his ethnicity (from being an African American).

Keywords:   kal ó kagatheia, birthmark, ethnicity, Michael Jackson, Nadja

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