Good morning girls I’m going to talk to
you this morning about the way you look Now I’ve heard it said that we women
attach too much importance to our appearance. But that isn’t true. After all
the way we look exert so much influence on the way we feel and on the way other
people feel about us that it really is very important. When I talk about good
appearance or good grooming or looking your best You probably think immediately of clothes or hairstyle or makeup. Well I
realize that those things are especially interesting to you and they are
important and I am going to talk about them. But please remember that they are
just really the trimmings, just like the icing on a cake.
If the icing is very good then that’s fine. But if the cake itself isn’t good
you’ll soon lose interest in the icing. So let’s start with the cake and come
back to the trimmings later. Basically of course, good health and intelligent
physical care are the foundations of all beauty. We all want a lovely skin, shining
eyes, a beautiful smile and loads of pep. But we can’t have them, except in a
healthy clean body and I mean clean ! Remember you can’t have good looks
without soap and water. There’s no substitute for the daily bath as a
groundwork for glamour. Brilliant teeth need brushing. Gleaming hair means
frequent and thorough shampooing. Keep that air of freshness by using a
deodorant regularly. It’s a shortcut to social security. Sleep comes next to
cleanliness as a beauty base and I mean sleep. Not just go to bed if that means
sitting up writing letters or listening to music. I’ve seen lots of sparkling
eyes and good complexions sacrificed to swing records at bedtime.
Mind you I’m all for music and it’s place. But there is a lot of sound sense in that
old expression – beauty sleep. So snap out that light early enough
every night to get eight or nine hours of this most effective beauty treatment.
And then there’s this business of eating It worries me to see that so many girls
think a balanced diet consists of soda pop and a sandwich or a big gooey Sunday.
Let’s remember what we were taught in home economics about a well-balanced
diet. Meat, cheese, eggs or fish. Milk butter, bread, fresh fruits, especially
citrus fruits. Green and starchy vegetables in proper proportion and of
course the sweets. And please go easy on fried foods. Beautiful skin, vitality, fluffy
hair. All the things you want, begin with a balanced diet. So watch it girls, it pays big dividends. Then there’s exercise, preferably outdoors. And when I say exercise, many of you may think of work. Well a little work as a helpful
beauty hint . But so is outdoor play I’ll leave it to your own conscience
whether you work in the garden, ride a bike, play ball, hike swim or ski. And try
to spend some time every day outdoors developing the grace that comes from
toned up muscles and a complexion that goes with good circulation. And even the
ordinary things that you do every day can help to make you more graceful. But
none of you do them like this. Walking up stairs reaching up to a high shelf
dusting, all can be good body conditioning if you use your muscles to do them
vigorously, instead of slouching through them. I’d like to speak to you please Miss
Stuyvesant. Go ahead, I want you to ask questions ! Well I guess I have a round face and I wear my hair the way you said I shouldn’t and I don’t see how things like that and posture and
mannerisms and the other things will make a girl more popular if she’s not
pretty to begin with. Sometimes I could shake you girls when you worry so much about being pretty or not being pretty as though prettiness were a woman’s only
attraction. If you’d spend just one month doing everything I talked about to make
the most of your appearance, you wouldn’t need to worry about being pretty or
popular. I wish that I could wave a magic wand, to show you what the difference
would be. Presto like that ! Why it does work. You will be prettier.
You will be more popular.