Elizabeth Collins is the editor of The Beautiful Anthology, and she is also a contributor who has essays published on The Nervous Breakdown. Her memoir, Too Cool for School, releases later this summer.


What are you sick of hearing or reading about when it comes to beauty?

Probably articles in women’s magazines about doing a “smoky eye” with peacock-hued eyeshadows applied half an inch below the eyes. As if anyone could pull that off in real life without scaring people.

What is wrong with society considers beautiful? 

It’s artificial, for the most part. Unattainable. Airbrushed. All of these aspects of the current beautiful ideal only serve to make people feel lesser.


Other thoughts on beauty? 

Beauty is most often a surprise. That just makes it more beautiful.  And, it is when we cease to be conscious of ourselves that we are most beautiful.

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