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A NEW BEAUTY NARRATIVE BY JESSICA DEFINO
Beauty Matter connects with innovative individuals who are audaciously upending the norms of the traditional beauty business in our ground-breaking Beauty Disruptors series. We clarify the most divisive issues and open a novel discourse that redefines the fundamental meaning of beauty.
Those who have had the honor of reading Jessica DeFino’s thought-provoking email, suitably named “The Unpublishable,” are genuinely moved by her name. This brave beauty journalist bravely takes aim at the complex problems afflicting the beauty business and, by implication, our society as a whole, with a literary prowess that leaves no space for flowery language.
In a society where materialism frequently rules, DeFino’s bold decision to rename Black Friday as “Don’t Buy Day” exemplifies her unwavering dedication to upending the established order. Her subtitle, “Consumerism kills,” serves as a sobering reminder of the possibly negative effects of unrestrained spending. DeFino stands out in her area because of her relentless commitment to facing upsetting facts.
She violates the accepted rules of her profession by providing her email subscribers with a precisely crafted weekly compilation of product-free beauty material. By doing so, she implores her audience to see past the flimsy attraction of cosmetics and discover their own natural beauty. In a culture where looks are everything, DeFino’s art redefines beauty and is about more than simply cosmetics.
The influence of DeFino goes well beyond the electronic pages of her newsletter. She has been credited with writing for illustrious periodicals including WWD, Vogue, The New York Times, Allure, and The Cut, solidifying her position as a strong force in the field of beauty journalism. Her contemporaries and a sizable following praise her for her ability to handle complicated subjects with elegance and clarity.
Jessica DeFino discussed her daring plan to destroy poisonous beauty standards in a recent interview with Beauty Matter. Her perspectives are a breath of fresh air in a culture that frequently upholds unrealistic standards of beauty. In contrast to self-rejection, DeFino’s strategy emphasizes the value of embracing uniqueness in a society that frequently forces uniformity.
DeFino genuinely stands out due to her conviction that change must come from within. She understands that changing the beauty industry—and thus, society—cannot be done only by taking exterior actions. Instead, she promotes reflection and self-awareness as potent agents of change.
Jessica DeFino’s unabashed and thought-provoking viewpoint shines as a beacon of illumination in a society that occasionally feels overrun with superficiality and commercialization. Her persistent dedication to exposing the flawed foundations of the beauty business serves as both a call to action and a wake-up call, inspiring each of us to reevaluate our own ideas of what it means to be beautiful and valuable. As she continues to inspire change, one word at a time, Jessica DeFino is a force to be reckoned with. Her influence on the field of beauty journalism is unmistakable.
How do you strike a balance between writing for The Unpublishable and your freelance work?
The complicated dance I was doing between freelancing and writing my first book was the inspiration for starting my newsletter. As I straddled both worlds, the balancing act had evolved into an art form, and I ached for the freedom to pursue my own artistic goals. I learned the freedom of choosing my own pace, free from the restrictions of outside deadlines, in the caring cocoon of my newsletter and the pages of my book. It was a profound realization that strengthened my resolve.
I am fully conscious that I am about to reach a crucial junction as I continue down this route. When I finish writing my book’s last few chapters, I’ll be at a turning point that will require me to reassess my creative direction. But I am guided by a single, unwavering goal throughout this journey: a deep desire to affect and ignite change.
My ultimate goal is to uncover the intricate tapestry behind the surface of the beauty business, shedding light on its frequently dark corners. I have a strong believe in the ability of my words, my tales, and my values to impact lives. In a society sometimes replete with unattainable expectations, it is my sincere desire to change how people view their own beauty and natural value.
I’m aware that there are other tools in my toolbox that I can use to spark this shift in addition to the written word. In order to influence a larger audience, it calls for a calculated strategy and a war plan. I’ve started down the road of getting my articles published in more significant journals because of this. These venues provide a platform for me to spread my message and get in front of people who can genuinely revolutionize the business.
But there is a contradiction there. The mainstream media, with their extensive readership and significant impact, frequently have their own set of limitations. There are things that are sacrosanct that you can’t question, places you can’t go, and criticisms you can’t make without upsetting others. I find myself thinking about what to do next in these times of creative stress.
Every time I have an idea that I think has the potential to have a real effect, I automatically ask myself: Will someone with more influence and the ability to catalyze change within the industry embrace this concept and make it a reality? If the answer is yes, I would be more than happy to provide my vision to those who have the resources to make it more powerful. However, I am strong in my vow to self-publish it if the answer is nothing but quiet or confusion.
This is the core of my journey: a never-ending dance between the need to spark significant change and the everlasting dedication to defend my ideals. My ultimate goal—to redefine the narrative of beauty, question the existing quo, and promote a society where everyone is aware of their inherent value—remains unwavering while I navigate this complex web of freelancing, writing, and publishing. The tremendous influence we have along the route is ultimately more important than merely the final goal.
You said that the phrase “skinimalism” is cutesy; rather than having a lasting influence, it runs the risk of becoming a fad. What makes it more likely to stick?
The need for a fundamental change in how we see health and skin aesthetics has never been more pressing in a culture seduced by the fleeting allure of ever-shifting beauty standards. The fundamental idea of my book and the basis of all of my work is the transformational viewpoint. Even in the middle of the minimalist revolution, the persistent problem in the skincare industry is the mistaken conflating of fleeting aesthetic standards with actual health. These standards, like as the current obsession with getting “glass skin” or “dolphin skin,” have a tendency to rule the public’s perception of what is healthy. This is a fallacy, though.
When it comes to the condition of our skin, true health transcends fads that come and go. Contrary to common perception, the perfect, almost magical glossiness of glass was never designed for human skin to mimic. If it were our skin’s natural state, getting there wouldn’t require a strenuous ten-step regimen or a tonne of skincare products. The fact that following these trends takes such precise work serves as a harsh reminder that these ideals are, in reality, illusory mirages.
Disentangling the complexities of aesthetics from the core idea of health is what will solve the problem. In addition to distorting our perception of ourselves, the continuous pursuit of these ever-evolving standards sends us down a perilous path of insecurity and discontent. The widespread belief that healthy skin must meet these arbitrary requirements has led to a vicious cycle in which people feel obliged to devote a lot of time, money, and emotional energy to products and regimens that make unrealistic promises.
We urgently need to stop participating in this cycle as a whole and free ourselves from the control of a business that benefits from our fears. We can destroy the false narratives promoted by the skincare industry by accepting the reality that health and looks are two separate things. It is important to understand that our skin, in its natural form, is a reflection of our general health. The basis of really luminous skin is a healthy lifestyle, nutritious food, and appropriate hydration.
A dramatic change can take place if society realizes that health is not determined by adherence to passing fashion fads but rather by the overall well-being of our bodies. The emphasis will change from caring for our bodies and skin in ways that really promote health to letting go of unreachable aesthetic goals. An intricate, frequently unsustainable skincare regimen will become less necessary during this awakening, allowing room for a more genuine and compassionate approach to self-care.
We shall be freed from the restraints of unattainable beauty standards when we all internalize this paradigm change. We’ll be liberated to appreciate our own, natural beauty since the items that formerly promised the impossibly impossible will no longer be desirable. This deep shift will revolutionize our attitude to skincare and usher in a new age of self-acceptance and real well-being. It is founded on an understanding of the difference between aesthetics and health.
Diane Burko, a well-known photographer and artist, has long been an ardent supporter of using art to address the urgent problem of climate change. It has never been more important for her to be steadfast in her support of our cause. She expresses the fundamental inspiration behind her work in her own words: “I can’t keep painting the landscape I love without trying to do something about it.”
A tribute to Burko’s commitment is her thought-provoking show, “Seeing Climate Change,” which is presently on view at the AU Museum through December 12. It’s an impressive fusion of art and science where large-scale, abstract pictures are intertwined with sobering scientific information. Burko uses her artistic talent to highlight the coming dangers brought by the fast glacier melting, the destructive wildfires, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of the world’s ecosystems.
Her creative journey has taken her to some of the most vulnerable and afflicted areas of the globe, including the frigid vistas of the Arctic Circle, Antarctica’s delicate ecosystems, and the Great Barrier Reef’s vivid but threatened beauty. She successfully conveys in her work both the breathtaking beauty of these natural beauties and the agonizing truth of their deterioration.
Mary Garrard, who co-curated “Seeing Climate Change” with Norma Broude, succinctly summarises Burke’s goal: “Burko sets out in the twenty-first century to document what is left of their beauty and to bear witness to their destruction, not only out of an optimistic spirit of discovery or a personal desire to experience the breathtaking vistas and phenomena of the natural world, but also in the hope that the fusion of art and science will someday reverse this trend.
This exhibit is a strong call to action in addition to being a visual feast. It motivates us to accept responsibility as a group and implores us to recognize the immediate risks to our environment. Burko urges us to reexamine our relationship with nature and to take part in the important conversation about climate change through her work.
The year-long multidisciplinary program AU Climate Action, which aims to spark discussions and inspire action to confront the existential issue of climate change, includes “Seeing Climate Change” as a key component. This exhibition serves as a powerful reminder of the vital role that art can play in addressing one of the most pressing issues of our day. It also serves as a monument to the resilience of human ingenuity in the face of difficulty.
My great friend and fellow book lover Angela James kindly sent me this interesting book that has been making literary waves. I opened it up out of curiosity and quickly became engrossed in a story that appeared to walk a thin line between attraction and unease. I had no idea that this voyage would take me not just into the world of fiction but also into reflection on the difficulties of interpersonal relationships.
I found out why Goodreads enthusiasts loved this book as I flipped the pages. Its storyline was a tapestry made of real-world and fantastical elements that was difficult to put down. The main character, an apparently hopeless bad lad, had a change that was both enthralling and unsettling. With ease, the author’s words painted vivid portrayals of characters who appeared to be breathing on the pages. Their genuine struggles and palpable emotions brought the characters’ feelings to life, making the plot seem nearly actual.
But despite the story’s attraction, an unsettling realization crept up on me. The described connection was poisonous yet unquestionably magnetic. I was left pondering the unsettling reality that passion and disorder can occasionally be portrayed in literature indistinguishably. While seductive, the protagonists’ intense relationship was tarnished by undertones of peril and manipulation. I felt both interested and troubled by the dichotomy that the author had created by constructing a warning tale that was presented as a love story.
I was troubled by the contrast between the book’s compelling plot and its unsettling depiction of a broken relationship. It caused me to consider the criteria by which we assess a literary work’s value. Is it possible for a narrative to be praised even while it has disturbing themes? Or did the sinister undertones overpower the author’s skillful writing?
The event did teach us some valuable things. It provided as a timely reminder that literature is fundamentally a reflection of the complexity of human nature. It may show both the good and bad in relationships, making readers face hard facts. Despite how much I enjoyed the book’s readability and the author’s talent, I was unable to overlook the lingering ache it caused.
In the end, this book expanded beyond merely being a tale for me. It became a topic of discourse that I found myself strongly debating with friends and family. I thought it was my duty to analyze its ideas, reveal the depths of its characters, and consider the effects of its narrative decisions. It served as a warning both within its pages and outside them, reminding us of the value of open discussion and critical thought, particularly when it comes to work that blurs the lines between attraction and unease.
So, if you come across this book, get ready for a literary ride that will alter your perspective and leave you feeling a range of contradictory feelings. And if you have a daughter, see it as a chance for you two to have a fruitful dialogue about the complexities of relationships, permission, and the hazy line between love and poison in addition to providing her with an engaging narrative. Just keep in mind that there are potential triggers within its pages, so proceed with caution and thoughtful consideration as you read.