Christian Long

Virginia Postrel: Glamour

In TED Talks on April 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Reflection by MELISSA H.

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Virginia Postrel:  Glamour

Virginia Postrel gives a talk on glamour and how it applies to us today. When I think of glamour I think of celebrities, magazines, and fashion. When I asked some other people they said they also think of fashion, makeup, and sunglasses.

Well, when Virginia walks in to give her TED Talk, she is wearing sunglasses. This is just one of many things that may represent glamour. Many people have a lot of different opinions about this though. I think our society lives off of glamour and being thought of as glamorous. This is shown through movies, advertising,magazines,and books. This can make people think this is how they should be pursed and if they don’t look or feel like this they will become depressed. Many celebrities make people think to fit in you need to be tall and skinny. This can cause disorders such as bulimia and/or anorexia.

Hedy Lamarr is associated with Hollywood and she once said, “anyone can look glamorous, all you have to do is sit there and look bored.” But, Postrel thinks there is more to it then just this. Glamour comes in all different types. One person can think one thing, and another one think something else.

Glamour can literally mean to “cast a spell”. If you think of this definition literally I guess you could say it is casting a spell. Like I said above, it makes people think one thing and that they have to live off of that if they want to be just as they presume it to be.

As I watch this video, I get a negative effect from Postrel and feel as if she is against this whole idea of glamour, but she states she isn’t against it at all.

She thinks glamour are pictures that stand out and are different. Spiral staircases are glamorous. She says that we all see in magazines of pictures of the perfect office, but there are no cords being shown. But of course we know these electronics have to have cords going somewhere. People will buy these items from theymagazines because they think they look glamour when in reality most likely whatever you do the cords will still show.

Overall I think glamour is by choice.

When you think of it, it shouldn’t be something that someone tells you it should be. Take it by your own thought and go with that. “You get more appreciation for glamour when you realize what went in to creating it.”


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