"She's very pretty in a tall blond Nordic way."
A line from a book, stated by a male character who loves women, many many women. (More than 200/day?)
What I find fascinating about it is the implications of the multiplicity of ways to be pretty. I don't think women recognise or internalise this. I believe that women have a single very narrow view of what pretty means, what men find pretty, and what they themselves aspire to. Tall, I think generally; blond, not necessarily, but given the number of blond dye jobs in this town of brunettes, I would say generally as well. Nordic? Not so sure, but if we're going to rephrase that as slim/thin and long-limbed, I would say that that is generally accepted as pretty.
An Uma Thurman kind of thing, though hasn't she always kind of reminded you of a praying mantis? She has for me. A lot of the most famous 'pretty women have that look, no? Thin chin, skinny neck, big big eyes, the head wider at the top.
Getting back to my topic, I think that men in general, as well as individual men have a much wider range of what they view as pretty or beautiful than women do. Some guys, like some women do have a type they prefer, but I think, somehow, women need to lighten up.
Pretty isn't just one look. Not for the guys, and nor should it be for us.
It's only the marketers that are so narrow in their views.
Really, only them.
*Lalalalalalala I'm not listening*
But is my daughter?