All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype to Celebrate Real Beauty

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Don't believe everything you read.

Open any magazine or turn on any T.V. show and you'll be bombarded with air brushed, perfectly styled and made-up celebrities and super models, icons of beauty that real women can never match. Too often, girls, measure themselves against these unrealistic images and find themselves lacking. But we can all break free from the cult of celebrity and start liking the face we see in the mirror once we understand that many of these images of beauty are all made up.

In the spirit of Fast Food Nation, media-awareness activist Audrey Brashich delivers an in-depth, informative, and eye-opening look at the effect the media and pop culture has on young women's self images.

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AUDREY D. BRASHICH was a former teen model before becoming an editor and writer for teen and women's magazines. Her work has appeared in Teen People, YM, Sassy, Elle Girl, Cosmo Girl, Shape, Ms., Health, and many others. www.Allmadeup.net

SHAWN BANNER says this project was perfect for him, because his mother is and always has been a great feminist. He is raising his daughter to be one too. Shawn lives and teaches elementary school in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Gr. 6-9. Once a starstruck teen whose admiration for "models, stars, and 'It' girls" led her to a short-lived modeling career, Brashich now writes for magazines such as Sassy and Shape. Here, she myth-busts the glamour of female celebrity, combining chatty humor ("True, [stars] go to the Oscars, but that show is freakin' long and boring") with quotes from real girls and provocative facts (based on their Body Mass Indexes, recent Miss America winners would have been considered malnourished by the World Health Organization). Though Brashich persuasively makes her points, the book's design is workmanlike, and its intended audience is difficult to pinpoint; chipper line drawings and earnest suggestions seem to target tweens, while references to the infamous Paris Hilton video and to Bitch magazine seem best suited to YAs. But the substantive, often entertaining content, backed up by endnotes and further resources, will serve both groups well, and many readers will find their way to Brashich's Web site, where they will be able post responses to the book's "Back Talk" sidebars. Jennifer Mattson
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