A woman’s beauty is supposed to be her grand project and constant insecurity. We’re meant to shellac our lips with five different glosses, but always think we’re fat. Beauty is Zeno’s paradox. We should endlessly strive for it, but it’s not socially acceptable to admit we’re there. We can’t perceive it in ourselves. It belongs to the guy screaming “nice tits.
- Molly Crabapple, “The World of a Professional Naked Girl” (via delacroix)
Brenda Holloway was apparently too ghetto for Motown. Berry Gordy became infatuated with her looks and voice and signed her to the West Coast label when she was only 17. She was the first West Coast Motown member and one of the few members who didn’t go to Motown’s finishing school. She was chastised by some of Motown’s staff, including Gordy and Smokey Robinson, for performing and dressing “too much like Tina Turner”. After releasing a few songs including ”Every Little Bit Hurts” and “When I’m Gone,” she eventually left the label at 22.