Friday, July 18, 2008

Elizabeth Taylor

Did you know Elizabeth Taylor was born covered in hair? That’s right; Hollywood’s most enduring beauty was born suffering from the condition hypertrichosis, a rare disease that leaves the victim with a thick, dark coat of hair. Luckily for Elizabeth and the world, the hair fell off within a matter of days to reveal her unique beauty.

Elizabeth Taylor was definitely blessed by genetics (temporary hirsuteness aside). Her eyes were so brilliantly violent and her eyelashes so thick that she didn’t even need to wear makeup. As a little girl, she was once scolded for wearing mascara when she hadn’t put any makeup on. Yet her attractiveness hindered her career as a child star. Producers and directors found her too pretty for movie roles, so she had to struggle for opportunities to prove her talent.

Elizabeth owes her status as a beauty icon to the fact that she was different. She was striking and unique and she knew well enough to protect these qualities. Despite the attempts of studios to "tame" her thick eyebrows and blonde her hair, Elizabeth maintained what was natural and different about her face. She didn’t remove her mole or hide it under makeup. And instead of straightening her hair or forcing it into ornate hairstyles, she let it curl naturally. This made her stand out from many of her contemporaries. How many black-haired girls with violet eyes have you seen?
In terms of physical activity, Elizabeth wasn’t the most athletic of celebrities. She didn’t work out, but she was active. As most people know, Elizabeth loved horseback riding. She also maintained her curves by swimming and hiking. Although she did have a habit of overeating, especially during times of stress, she was never what you would call fat.
Elizabeth Taylor was beautiful, but she was also talented, opinionated, and passionate about her work and the people in her life. She was more than a mere decoration for Hollywood, but a key player in making it so dynamic. Once established as an actress, she chose roles which were diverse and interesting. Some of her greatest movies include "Giant," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and "Antony and Cleopatra."


scarycatlady83 said...

She was so stunning. I love her in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!

Bonnie said...


I just found your blog through technorati and I see that we have very similar interests! Just saw your post on Elizabeth Taylor. I wrote about her yesterday! I collect weird old beauty books and love to read and write about outdated beauty practices. Stop by!