Editor’s Letter: Leisure’s Affect on Our Relationship With Magnificence
I lower the cable wire years in the past, however my connectivity by no means waned. Now, all types of leisure float into my life uninterrupted through invisible Wi-Fi alerts to each obtainable display. I can watch TikTok movies from mattress within the morning (studying viral dances undoubtedly counts as train, proper?). Disney motion pictures come on to my residence, making my sofa as comfortable as a theater. I can hearken to true crime podcasts or Broadway present tunes within the bathe, and the Actual Housewives…nicely, their countless drama screeches by means of my AirPods throughout subway journey. I can not even fall asleep with out enjoying out a couple of rounds of The Oregon Path on my pill.
As our viewing choices appear to develop exponentially with every passing month, so does the connection between magnificence and what we see and listen to by means of our gadgets. (And we’re seeing and listening to lots: Streaming subscriptions rose by 32 % in 2020.) In any case, magnificence is a type of leisure, by turns thrilling, diverting, edifying, critical, aspirational, inspirational, and simply a whole lot of enjoyable.
What’s extra, distinctions between fiction and actual life usually blur. For instance, our cowl star, Barbie Ferreira, hails from Euphoria, a present that has spawned over 300,000 Instagram posts tagged #euphoriamakeup, the place rhinestones, freestyle swirls in neon, and chunky glitter abound. Each Barbie and Doniella Davy, the genius behind the collection’ make-up, trace that season two goes to be toned all the way down to replicate extra uncooked and pure moments. And that appears becoming after the previous yr.
This particular situation is split into three chapters: TV, movie, and music. In every part, we communicate to those that spend time in entrance of the digicam, like Rachel Zegler, who’s starring within the 2021 adaptation of West Facet Story, and singer-songwriter Victoria Monét. However we additionally communicate to those that hardly ever get acknowledged — the hairstylists, make-up artists, prosthetic designers, and digital technicians behind the scenes. They’re those who carry the inventive imaginative and prescient to life onscreen and on the pink carpet. They’ll remodel Girl Gaga into an Italian socialite from the 1970s, make Elle Fanning a high-fashion Catherine the Nice, and switch a present about teenage angst right into a magnificence platform extra influential than any latest runway. In fact, they’ll additionally create some actually scary monsters.
Like magnificence, the leisure expertise lets us journey to completely different worlds and check out on completely different selves. It lets us dream. Sure, it is essential to stability display life with actual life and open our eyes to the world round us, however I am nonetheless going to sing present tunes within the bathe.
This story initially appeared within the December 2021/January 2022 situation of Attract. Learn to subscribe right here.
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