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Discovered: New Yorker Beauty Article

A First-Rate Girl: The Problem of Female Beauty, from The New Yorker magazine

No city is filled with more beautiful women than New York. It’s the modeling capital of the world, and there are tens of thousands of models (working and not) walking the streets every day. This promise is also, in part, what attracts successful men to the city — and what keeps them working so hard.

The article is an interesting look at why some men put such a high value on having what they consider to be a “first-rate” girlfriend (which basically boils down to what they view as the “out of your league” woman / the woman everyone else wants and they’re not sure would date them). The author goes into detail about the portrayal of these men, and the women they become obsessed with, in literature.


We see the force of Jenna’s looks when Joey notices how men respond to her in public. It’s of a different order from what he experiences with Connie, his more ordinarily pretty girlfriend. With Jenna at an airport, Joey realizes, men were checking him out resentfully. He forced himself to stare down each of them in turn, to mark Jenna as claimed. It was going to be tiring, he realized Read more

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