Sunday, March 18, 2012

One kind of perfect beauty
Paola Pitagora, 1965

Nature (she’s still beautiful and still acts) and this:
I am still trying to wrap my head around the concept of “fare bella figura.” It literally means “to make a beautiful figure,” but most people would translate it as “a good impression.” Truthfully, it’s a little of both – and it’s singularly Italian.

In order to possess a
bella figura, you must look put-together. If you’re a woman, your hair is perfect. You have a fresh manicure and pedicure. Your clothes are stylish and flattering; your makeup is flawless. Your bag, shoes, and jewelry are coordinated and tasteful. Needless to say, you have exemplary posture as you make your way through the city streets. If you’re a man, you’re wearing a tailored suit, an impeccably pressed shirt, and polished dress shoes. Your grooming is likewise impressive. You’re fit and you smell good.

But this is just the most basic level of the
bella figura, the surface clues to a more complex outlook on life. Deep down, it means appreciating good design – combining beauty and necessity in the most harmonious possible way. It means caring about detail and quality. It means having poise, being hospitable, and appreciating those qualities in others. It means hope – because you’re noticing beauty everywhere you look.
From here.

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