Sophia Says, Part 1: Beauty and Confidence

As promised, here is some more womanly wisdom from screen goddess Sophia Loren. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some of my favorite beauty musings and tips from Loren's book Women & Beauty so keep coming back for more installments of the Sophia Says Series.  Now enjoy what Sophia says about beauty and confidence!

My approach to beauty begins not with the face or figure but with the mind. If you can learn to use your mind as well as you use a powderpuff, you will become more truly beautiful.

When I began my career, my nickname was “Giraffe” because I was so tall and awkward. No one thought I was especially beautiful, but everyone knew right away that I was proud. In the beginning people were impressed with my confidence, and gradually they came to see it as beauty.

If you have a low opinion of your appearance, you are at the mercy of every salesperson and hairdresser who wants to give you bad, if “fashionable,” advice about how you should look.  

And lastly, recounting very good advice indeed from the director George Cukor:
One day, in the course of explaining how a character should emphasize her attractiveness, he said something that I have never forgotten: “Beauty without self-confidence is less attractive than ugliness with confidence. If you are confident, you are beautiful.”


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