Stephen Gill for New York Times

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The Duty of Beauty: Vanity in Downton Abbey

Any of us who are into fashion and beauty watch Downton Abbey with an eye for the details: the clothes and jewelry, and of...

Medieval Mean Girls: Vanity as Morality (or Lack Thereof)

Vanity gets a bad rap in popular folklore: from Cinderella to The Devil Wears Prada, the bad girls are usually the vain, superficial, and...

Makeovers in the Movies: Miss Congeniality

There's a special genre of movie makeover: the Tomboy Makeover. Smart, goofy, and somewhat grimy, the Tomboy has lived her early life free from the...

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