Driven by Madison Avenue and fashion runways around the world, the concept of beauty is an ever-evolving thing possessed of neither a steady form nor a truly constant definition. To me, the only constants about it are nebulous ones in that beauty is said to be pleasing to the eye or in the eye of the beholder. However, facets of beauty change frequently and often differ per ethnic group, and the concept blurs even further when social dynamics inevitably come into play.
To the left is a picture of legendary actress/writer Mae West. Born in 1893 as Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York, she was one of American cinema's earliest sex symbols, a blonde tigress who exuded a raw sexual presence as had never been seen before on the silver screen. She gained fame--and notoriety--not only for her looks, but from what she wore, what she said, what she wrote, and the unforgettable way in which she spoke her most memorable lines with an almost feline purr. She was bold. She was sensuous. She was dynamic. Yet despite her fame, despite her flirtatious screen persona, despite all that Mae West brought to Hollywood and all that she was, would the great Mae West be seen as the most physically beautiful living woman today?
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