The marketing around the new live-action Beauty and the Beast has been nonstop, but so have the half-baked hot takes looking for what's problematic in this story. To be clear, we're not saying there's nothing wrong with Beauty and the Beast or the classic fairy tale it's based upon—but the endless parade of "OMG BATB is about being attracted to a furry! It's a movie based on a fairy tale! It doesn't have to make logical sense to make emotional sense. It's a magical love story; maybe we don't need to spend hours debating whether or not Belle is a feminist which, for the record, she's technically not; feminism as we currently understand it started a full century after Beauty and the Beast was written, so even if you see Belle as an embodiment of feminist ideals, you can't align her with a movement that didn't exist when the character was alive. That's just not how sociopolitical movements work.
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Whatever the trending fad or technique is, it seems everyone needs to have it too. In a recent interview with The Cut , Pecheux talked about how for him as a makeup artist, the purpose of makeup is to enhance, not to hide. Heavy, full-coverage foundations and stamp-like brows fill the feeds of persons who are trying to portray themselves as something they are not.
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The real Beauty and the Beast story didn't involve a magical spell placed on a prince for his arrogance. Unfortunately, that also means no talking clock, teacup, candelabra, etc. The real "Beast" was a man named Petrus Gonsalvus, who suffered from a genetic condition known as hypertrichosis also known as Ambras syndrome , which is defined by an abnormal amount of hair growth on any part of the body in excess of the regular amount present in people of the same race, age and gender. In Gonsalvus' case, it affected his entire body. It has also been referred to informally as werewolf syndrome because the appearance is akin to the mythical werewolf. Excessive hair growth is the only known effect of the condition. No, it did not cause Gonsalvus to have an oversized body with huge muscles like the Beast in the Disney movies.