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Published: Friday, July 5 2013 4:25 p.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

I believe a woman who has the self confidence to avoid the made up artificial look is a more attractive, well adjusted person. I also believe a woman who is told what to wear under the guise of a religious tenet is a victim.

Bountiful, UT

she says the words I don't believe in the beauty myth. what does she also not believe in gravity either ? physical beauty is a reality. it may not be the world as you wish it were but it is the world as it exists.

there are many worthwhile attributes of a person. physical beauty is one, intelligence is another, depth of character is another empathy is another and so on. Rather than deny the reality of an attribute why not just accept the world as it is?

Social Mod Fiscal Con
West Jordan, UT

love it. A simple truth is that a well groomed person (either gender) doesn't need a lot of expensive clothes or makeup to look great. Just take care of yourself.
And Hutterite, I completely agree. (I am pretty sure the end of the world has begun.)

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...(I am pretty sure the end of the world has begun.)...".

A safe bet if there ever was one...


"I won't be 'hot' forever"? Hmm, good thing beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In my limited experience personality shines through physical beauty. Physical beauty can attract someone, but it is personality that will make them stay!

Dammam, Saudi Arabia


"I also believe a woman who is told what to wear under the guise of a religious tenet is a victim." That is kind of random. What has that to do with this article? (Don't look now, but your prejudices are poking out.)

DN Subscriber 2

Is this a great country or what?

She can dress any way she wants to, for whatever reason. That is called freedom!
If it suits her to wear a hijab to work and stay at a nudist colony on the weekend, or whatever, she has the freedom to do so.

We can all have our opinions as to if it is helpful or hurtful to her life, but that is our freedom, too. This IS a great country!

Bluffdale, UT

One day I was talking to one of my co-workers when a female co-worker rushed in. She looked different, actually more attractive. I walked over to her and she quickly turned away and said, "Don't look at me, I don't have make-up on." I left her alone and then went back to talking to the male co-worker. He said, "Rita really looks attractive this morning. What is different about her?"


@ Tekakaromatagi: From the article, "... the Modesty Experiment, in which I took my cues from Jewish, Muslim and some Christian modesty practices..."

Tying this article to religious tenets is not about prejudice, it is about reading comprehension.

Thousands of women choose not to wear make-up or curl their hair or wear uncomfortable clothes or shoes. Many of them do it as a lifestyle choice and not just a nine month experiment. It is entirely possible to not buy into the beauty industry without making it about modesty and religion. And tying the lack of make-up and hair-coifing to modesty and religion implies that women who do those things are by default immodest.

This woman buys so deep into what the beauty industry is selling that instead of making a choice to do what she wanted to do and dress the way she wants to dress, she had to find a way to justify that change.

How sad that she places so little value on herself and her own judgement that she was not able to just make that change because she wanted to but had to seek outside validation for it.


cjb: You missed the entire point of the Sester's article.

Go Figure
Roanoke, VA

"she only wore clothing that covered her legs (above the knee), shoulders and hair" My goodness! The girl was more than half naked!

Heber City, UT

Great idea, now she just needs a hijab. Most feminists seem to have given up on their appearance. For examples, just see Janet Napolitano, Elena Kagan, etc. I think I'm starting to understand why attractive conservative women are attacked so viciously in the media.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

I think there's a big difference between beautiful, and attractive.

Beautiful women are as coiffed and fashionable as Shields describes. They also can appear to be unapproachable, cold, and--ask any woman--seen as objects of jealousy, rather than appeal. While many women wished to be beautiful, they also resent beautiful women (we women are a mess in general).

Attractive women, on the other hand, may not be so "put together," but they are pleasant, kind, and happy--exactly as Shields appears in her photo. We like attractive people; they don't make us feel inadequate or wrong, but accepted and important. Theirs is an inner beauty, a sense of grace, of completeness, of honesty and realness.

Oh, to have more women--and men--obsessed with attractiveness rather than beauty.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

My wife never wears makeup. She likes it that way and so do I. Luckily she is the world's most beautiful woman so doesn't need it.What a waste of money.

Go Figure
Roanoke, VA

Slow "news" day, I take it. This story is now almost 2years old. I love the Deseret News, but seriously . . .

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I say let the free market decide what is beautiful rather than socialist communists handing out kiddie soccer trophies to every beautiful thing just because... Well... It's not PC to call anything not beautiful.

Bountiful, UT

Saying that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty is a little like saying that water is more important than food.

Salt Lake City, UT

Strike out on your own! Great! Don't let the world dictate your fashion! I think that attitude is fantastic. But, why the nose ring? You really think that adds to your 'natural' beauty?

Bremerton, WA

Awesome experiment, Lauren!! I think it took a lot of courage to do what you did. I'm looking forward to your book.

I rarely wear make-up (maybe I will for a date with my hubby) and don't waste time with hair-gel or hairspray. I keep my hair in place with clips, one on each side of my head. My skirts are midi-length and I wear tops with at least a cap sleeve. My "shorts" are capri length. And these have nothing to do with religion, they have to do with modesty.

Miss Piggie
Pheonix, AZ

Feminine attractiveness is not about how one looks but what one shows.

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