SCAVULLO ON BEAUTY / Francesco Scavullo / 1976
Scavullo on Beauty / Francesco Scavullo / 1976 / First Edition, Hardcover / shelf wear to jacket, but otherwise excellent / 191 pgs. / Random House
Candid, hilariously ‘70s interviews with style icons about appearance, beauty routine, and life philosophies, paired with portraits by Cosmopolitan’s legendary cover photographer, Scavullo. Many spreads show the personality first sans-make-up, opposing a page where they are painted in deep disco queen style by make-up wizard, Way Bandy. Featured goddesses: Cher, Marisa Berenson, Bette Midler, Faye Dunaway, Iman, Margaux Hemingway, Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Brooke Shields, Tatum O’Neal, Liza Minelli, Lee Radziwill, Barbra, Gloria Vanderbilt, Viva, Elsa Peretti, Ali MacGraw, Lauren Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore, China Machado, Helen Gurley Brown, Brigid Berlin, and dozens more. It’s especially powerful to see the bare-faced photos, as Scavullo shot them not as “before” images, but to show how stunning women are without the war paint, when their souls are really on display.
“Beauty is something that radiates, it comes from deep within, or out of the sky, or something that’s just in the atmosphere. Pretty gives you great pleasure–like fresh flowers, girls are pretty. I think Nefertiti is perhaps the most beautiful woman of all time. The original cast of her in Berlin is too beautiful for any words; it’s stupendous. You’re never the same after seeing that, because you know you’ve seen something. It’s a woman’s face that has the strength of a statesman on one side and a great big dimple and a wonderful eye like a hula girl on the other.”
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