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Beautiful Women: Celebrating Beauty in Stories and Stills    by Nancy Bruno order for
Beautiful Women
by Nancy Bruno
Order:  USA  Can
Bridgeway, 2008 (2008)

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* *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

Everywhere you turn, you find examples of beauty. Busty models with perfect skin, tiny waists and endless legs claim that the secrets to being beautiful come in a jar, a bottle, or a needle. But is that really true beauty?

Nancy Bruno and the women portrayed in this one-of-a kind book shout a loud, emphatic, 'No!' Bruno believes that 'beauty shines from within the physical body for the world to see; it is the untold stories of life experiences - the light, love, hardships, and successes that pour out of our body - that makes a person beautiful.'

Thirty-five very different women of all ages, races and backgrounds help illustrate her point. Using black-and-white photographs that have not been airbrushed or retouched in any way, Bruno tells each woman's story by focusing on one aspect of her life that makes her happy. Each photograph shows a woman at peace, whether she's skating, playing with her dog, choosing fabric in a store or lighting a candle. A brief snapshot of her life accompanies the photographs, highlighting hopes, fears, successes and the unmistakable essence that makes each woman unique.

Beautiful Women is an inspirational work of art. It deserves to find its way to all the women in your life you find beautiful beyond compare.

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