Ugly Beauty

Ugly Beauty

Helena Rubinstein, L'Oreal, and the Blemished History of Looking Good

eBook - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062041562
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 290 p., [8] p. of plates) : ill.
Contents: Beauty is power!
The authoritarian
What did you do in the war, Daddy?
Family affairs
A takeover and three scandals
Consumers or consumed?
Coda: two old ladies.


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debwalker Mar 05, 2011

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a cliché usually applied to people’s appearances. Before I opened this book, by British cultural historian Ruth Brandon, I assumed I was going to learn how two cosmetic giants, Helena Rubinstein and L’Oréal, continually pull fast ones on women like me thanks to their cunning copywriters and my preoccupation with my appearance. Instead, I found myself navigating through 80 years of anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism in France."
Charlotte Gray
Globe & Mail
March 4, 2011


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