I would like to offer my congratulations to Ms Samantha Brick. To write an article that achieves the kind of earth-shattering, record-busting, never-seen-before success hers has takes quite something.
I pity Samantha Brick. No, not because the poor love can't strike up a fag for the want of thousands of Zippo-clutching men leaping to her aid, nor because of all the cruel jealous bitches out there hating on her 'beauty'.
I'm not entirely sure whether Samantha Brick is right, mainly because I'm not drop dead gorgeous so cannot confirm or deny her experience. But I think she courageously raises a major issue about whether a woman's looks define how she is treated by both men and women socially and professionally.
The reason Twitter has got its woolly knickers in a twist is because she thinks she's a bit of alright, which got me thinking about modesty, and how it is without a doubt the most overrated virtue of them all.
Up until a few days ago I had not bought a single item of clothing in three and a half months. Count them. Three and half months; that's 14 weeks or 98 days or even (approximately) 2352 hours.
In such a competitive retail arena, it really is a wonder Illamasqua has got where it is in just three short years. Theirs is truly a rags to riches tale. The brainchild of Yorshireman Julian Kynaston, Illamasqua has become the fastest growing beauty brand ever.
Appearance is important to us but when we think of beauty - especially our own beauty - it's always focused on physical flaws we're convinced other people can not only see but that they will accept or reject us for. But beauty is not really about teeth or body fat ratio or hair or skin colour, it's about something intangible.
I love switching it up with my beauty routine, trying new products based on claims, smell, curiosity or even just eye catching packaging. But I find that there's a hardcore of elite picks I always return to and here they are, on this weekend's Hero Product shopping lists for hair followed below by skincare.
In 1986 Morrissey wisely professed "some girls are bigger than others, some girls' mothers are bigger than other girls' mothers". Sounds obvious but we seem to have forgotten this fact.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter will already know that last year I set myself the horrible and torturous task of trying to lose all the weight I'd put on. A fact that I'd been trying to ignore for quite a while. You see, I've always had a love/hate relationship with food. No scrap that, I'm just greedy and eat when my emotions are running high....
The relentless representation of beauty's limited aesthetic is denuding. Variety is effaced with uniformity, not just the uniformity of this year's fashion but the imperative of size, shape, color, height, skin tone. Instead of relishing in the diverse beauties that cultures all over the world engender, we are dominating them with our own.
"Your bags will be on carousel B - that's 'B' for Botox". This quip from the Virgin Atlantic flight service manager got a laugh from the passengers as we touched down in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, where agelessness is often at a premium.
I actually think we can choose our age. We can be as childlike as we want or as 'grown up'. We can play whatever side of us we want to. Society has conditioned us to think if we are young we are free and when we get old we become tied down.
This season's fashion florals seem to split into two categories - the exotic, tropical prints seen in collections for Stella McCartney resort, Alberta Ferretti, Altuzarra and Givenchy resort, versus the more modest, English Country Garden style blooms featured at Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana and at Louis Vuitton through Marc Jacobs' Broderie Anglaise daisy patterns.
Being a redhead is about being YOU and all beauty regiments must follow suit. Stop fighting your natural features, and instead, embrace them. When your energy exerts confidence, people will think you're the most beautiful woman on the planet!
I did a photoshoot recently - 50s style. Since turning 30, I have enjoyed wearing lipstick - proper lipstick - more than ever. Eyebrows and lashes, are however, and have always been, as vital to me as they were to ladies of this era.