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De­mys­ti­fy­ing the cov­eted ideal, making it all the more tan­gi­ble.

To ap­pear glam­orous is a de­sire felt by ev­ery­one at one time in his or her life. As we style our­selves, we look to the man­nequins of this con­trived archetype: the golden girls of Hol­ly­wood for di­rec­tion, the most al­lur­ing of the roy­als for poise, and the high-so­ci­ety tastemak­ers for a sense of not only what is in vogue but also what is at­trac­tive. Ac­tresses, princesses and "it" girls may all be glam­orous, but what en­sures this glam­our they possess? Al­lure, fas­ci­na­tion, charm, ro­mance, mys­tique, ex­oti­cism do any syn­onyms save us from con­fu­sion? While they do place one in the realm of un­der­stand­ing what qual­i­ties make things or peo­ple seem uniquely ap­peal­ing, they don’t really pin­point the ma­te­rial causes. Glam­our is per­plex­ingly dis­tinct from beauty and style, al­though ca­pa­ble of giv­ing the ap­pear­ance of beauty and of­ten un­der­stood as a per­sonal style. It’s an im­pres­sion of fas­ci­na­tion, some­thing idol­ized yet mys­te­ri­ous and un­touch­able.

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