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Street Photography Has No Clothes

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image (c) John Holcroft, Courtesy of John Holcroft Street photography has become such an ambiguous umbrella term in the photography world that it re...

Can Economists Measure Society's Self-Absorption?

The Atlantic | Marc Bain | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

Last month, Bank of America Merrill Lynch released the compellingly titled report, “Vanity Capital: The global bull market in narcissism,” which p...

Women Are Criticized for What They Spend and Men Are Admired

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

There's more happening here, and it comes down to the fact that Paltrow's a woman. How often do we see male celebrities, or men in general, tasked for the stuff-- whether vain or frivolous or "too indulgent"-- they spend their money on?

Isabella Kelly-Ramirez and The Beauty-Industrial Complex

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Shana Nys Dambrot

Kelly-Ramirez's creative background includes the parade world. She loves a good masquerade, and that certain intimate, artfully scientific way a makeup artist has of studying faces. She is rarely far from a makeup kit.

I Am Beautiful

Leslie Handler | Posted 03.08.2015 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

My body is sick. I have an array of illnesses. I am old. I do not look like a fashion model. All the same, I am beautiful.

Who's The Fairest?

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


Hair Today...

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.17.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss



Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Nancy Davis Kho

Growing up, we didn't talk about that kind of thing. It would have been considered scandalous. I was raised to believe that God had certain plans and expectations for me as a woman, and to err from that path would be sinful. But as I became worldlier and met others who had tried it, my curiosity grew.

What Would People Think?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

"What would people think?" How many times do suppose you have asked yourself that question? Why do you suppose you ask it? Perhaps you are vain and c...

How to Get Jennifer Lopez's 'I Just Woke Up' Selfie Look

Lauren Cahn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Style
Lauren Cahn

Now I know that JLo is beautiful, that JLo is talented, that JLo has been taking care of her skin. And I know that JLo looks amazing at 44. With makeup, without makeup, either way. But I'm calling bullshit on JLo's "I Just Woke Up Like This Selfie" -- on a technicality.

You Never Forget Your First

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

It happened, and I panicked because I realized time was passing me by and now leaving reminders of the ultimate countdown.

10 Things Wikipedia Says Are More Notable Than You

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.06.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

4. Formicophilia: It's like a foot fetish, except instead of feet, it's insects crawling on your skin.

Running With the Bulls

Rob White | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Rob White

Worse, my red and white leather running shoes were ruined; caked in mud and scuffed from toe to heel. I cursed aloud, " No shirt, no shoes, no proof -- who's going to believe me when I talk about this death-defying adventure?

The Subway Ride of the Vanities...

Paul LaRosa | Posted 03.12.2014 | New York
Paul LaRosa

One of the more curious sights on the NYC subway is the seemingly endless parade of women who, upon getting a seat, proceed to put on their "face" in ...

Teens and That Winter Jacket:The Dilemma

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

The title of this article may seem silly to those who are not yet the parent of a teenager. Parents of teenagers, however, most likely got a bit of a ...

40 Effed Up Things About Being 40

Amy Wruble | Posted 08.06.2013 | Women
Amy Wruble

After a few years of not being able to read the fine print, I broke down and bought my first pair of reading glasses. It was like the reverse of a teen nervously buying condoms. "First pair of reading glasses," I informed the clerk, just to prove that I'm not at all embarrassed. "My mom wears those," she smiled. And now I'm mortified.

Forever Young: My Battle With Botox

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 07.13.2013 | Comedy
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

One hot night in the summer of 2012, I was standing in my bathroom looking at myself in the mirror with roommate. It was three in the morning, he was a little hammered and we were taking inventory on our looks, as gay men do at that hour on a Wednesday night.

What's Vanity Costing You?

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

Next time you look in the mirror and see what you want to see, think about how much it would really cost you to upgrade how you feel. Chances are, it's a lot less expensive than you think.

50-Plus Beauty Tip: First, Do No Arm

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

My grandma had bat wing arms. Her arm jiggle fascinated us kids. My cousin Rachel would reach across Granny's corset-clad girth, tap the wrinkled drape of skin and shriek with half-delight, half-horror as the bat wing came to life.

Stop Accusing Women of Being Vain For Caring About Their Looks

Kate Fridkis | Posted 02.17.2013 | Women
Kate Fridkis

Vain? I had thought that vanity was the evil queen in Snow White, gazing into her mirror, desperate to be the most beautiful in the land. Vanity, I knew, was always feminine. It was always about beauty.

Confessions of a Mirror Addict

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

I am writing in defense of the mirror! A Today Show segment highlighting Autumn Whitefield-Madrano's blog on HuffPost on mirror fasting, struck me as ...

Maybe a Wrinkle Would Do Me Good

Leigh Greaney | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Leigh Greaney

New York City can ruin your day when you're a semi-decent looking 20-something, hoping for a little respect on a friendless subway ride.

The Lines of My Life

Alice Carey | Posted 08.11.2012 | Style
Alice Carey

Elizabeth Taylor once said that every wrinkle tells a story. Fine. When I was young Taylor's words of wisdom seemed great, but not now. Not to my generation who truly believed "all you need is love," not face cream.

Self-Esteem vs. Narcissism

Lisa Firestone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Feeling good about yourself as a person and acceptable for who you are allows you to move through your life with a sense of purpose, meaning, and value.

I Thought Vanity Was Superficial -- Until It Helped Me Get Through My Grief

Emily Rapp | Posted 05.22.2012 | Women
Emily Rapp

What is authentic beauty? I feel like every woman struggles to define, but the question is even more pressing when you're a woman with a disability. When I was four, my left leg was amputated.