Virginia Postrel’s perspective on ‘glamour’

“Glamour invites us to live in a different world. It has to simultaneously be mysterious, a little bit distant —that’s why, often in these glamour shots, the person is not looking at the audience, it’s why sunglasses are glamorous — but also not so far above us that we can’t identify with the person. In some sense, there has to be something like us.”

What makes beauty, fashion, people, and things glamorous? Why do we feel the need to have glamour, and can we possibly ever get there as mere mortals?

Isabelle Kitze

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