I have a confession based on last week’s Liz Taylor Rate the Dress.
I don’t think Liz Taylor is particularly attractive. And I really don’t think that she did the clothes she wore any favours, particularly the nipped-waist body-conscious frocks they put her in in her heyday.
There, it’s said. You can now gasp in horror and question my taste forevermore. Or rush to the comment function to add that you feel the same way and have never been brave enough to say it before!
So what’s this about?
Well, first I feel that when she was quite young, she was generically pretty, but never interestingly or memorially beautiful. There was always something too round and bland about her face for it to be really striking or notable.
And then she aged so quickly. At 17 she looked, 25, and at 25 she looked 35, and by the time she was 30 she looked like she was in her mid 40s.
And her face always reminds me of those chicken breasts that the pump water into so that they look jucier.
In addition, I’ve never understood the fuss about her figure. Yes, she had a tiny waist and full breasts and hips, but she was shortwaisted, and had a large, square ribcage, so looks thickwaisted from most angles (and I say this as another shortwaisted woman with a large, square ribcage).
Someone said she could make a potato sack look good, and that I actually agree with: She looked better in the figureless A-line shift dresses of the late 60s, than the nipped-waist ’50s glamour frocks
With all that said, I do think she was a pretty awesome person. She had a very hard childhood, wasn’t really given the tools to develop mature, supportive adult relationships which would have sustained her, but still devoted much of her later life to humanitarian efforts. And she didn’t just pick glamourous, popular, media friendly causes: she championed things that were taboo or unpopular, but most needed her support.
So that’s it. Her looks don’t do anything for me, I don’t see her as a style icon, but as a person, and for what she actually did, I respect her.
And that must be worth more than just thinking she was beautiful.