Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Sigh for Lovely Little Yang Peiyi

You know the story. And you know the story:

" Many plain, unattractive, homely girls had been closely observed by my Mother. Many had told her of the bitterness and heartaches that were theirs-- of the envy of the beautiful girls who were given, without seeking, all the favors they so vainly craved."
--Edna Wallace Hopper, My Secrets of Beauty and Health (1925)

"A girl's appearance can often mean the difference between success and failure in life's many roles."
--Wendy Ward Charm Book (1972)

"The girl appearing on the picture must be flawless in terms of her facial expression and the great feeling she can give to people."
-- Chen Qigang, musical director of the Olympics opening ceremony (2008)