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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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Editing Women: The Cosmetic Gaze and Cinema

Editing Women: The Cosmetic Gaze and Cinema

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The Cosmetic Gaze

Bernadette Wegenstein

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with the effect of the cosmetic gaze in the world of cinema. The first section deals with how cosmetic surgery has thematically influenced a series of films between the 1940s and the twenty-first century. The next section deals with two films, made with the different approaches of two women, which disrupt the notion of female beauty in cinematic expression. The final section of the chapter deals with how this revelatory ability of films has gone beyond cinema to performance art and reality TV. Reality makeover TV is the ultimate model to display how the nineteenth-century physiognomy is repackaged in a twenty-first-century cosmetic gaze.

Keywords:   cosmetic gaze, physiognomy, makeover, reality TV, films, beauty, cinematic expression

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