a few days ago i had a comment on my other blog from anairam about courage. courage to wear what we want to. i've thought about it some more and truthfully, i would say that i don't have courage, i have comfort... comfort in wearing whatever i want to. i always think that i look "normal" but i have good friends who assure me otherwise. i guess i always look "normal" for me...or to me. either, or both, are all i care about.

here are 2 people who were gorgeously talented. their respective beauty was both distorted for the sake of their art, and heightened by their genius.

buster keaton

lucille ball


landis smithers said...

WOW. i was just talking with friends about lucy, how she was a great beauty of her time, but no one thought of her that way due to her immense talent, an example of the impact of genius obscuring physical beauty.

and get this:
NONE of them thought of her as pretty. funny, yes. but they looked puzzled when thinking of her as physically pretty.


i guess we should all aim to be vapid.

Anairam said...

Good choice of photographs - this is not how one would usually think of them. It is almost a shock to realise how very attractive both were! Think you are right about the comfort vs courage thing. Of my friends I am the most non-conformist dresser, but there is definitely a line, where when I cross it, I no longer feel comfortable. (But can one learn to fel more comfortable, I wonder? Should one push a bit?)

Sal said...

I had exactly the reaction of Landis Smithers' friends. Had never thought of Lucy as a beauty ... but clearly, she is.

I wonder, in her case, if her beauty was also partly obscured by having such and EXPRESSIVE face. I mean, my memories of her are of her contorting her lips and eyebrows into comic arrangements ... hence the non-beauty association.

Iheartfashion said...

I always thought Lucy was beautiful, but her very physical slapstick humor maybe obscured it. Great picks!

enc said...

I have a distinct impression of you and your style based on the things I've read that you've written; the beautiful artwork from up & down town, and the really brilliant snippet of a photo you are using now.

While that impression may be accurate or inaccurate, I still find that, even though I really have no idea what you look like, or how you dress, I still admire your look and style.

How can that be?

Duchesse said...

Lucille Ball was in fact considered a beauty by people in the industry. Like Rosalind Russell (or more currently Goldie Hawn) she used physical humour as her lead card.