publication . Article . 2014

Price in the Eye of the Beholder Book Review: Mears A. (2011) Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Tamara Kusimova;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: Journal of Economic Sociology, volume 15, issue 5, pages 113-122
Abstract
This article presents a review of Ashley Mears' book “Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model”. The book is devoted to sociological inquiry into the fashion model business. Modeling is a specific kind of market, where careers depend on judgments about individual appearance. Making aesthetic decisions usually seems intuitive: in distinguishing the “beautiful” from the “unattractive”, people commonly rely on subjective opinions. How is it possible to define the value of how a human looks in market terms? The author considers the fashion model business as an example of how culturally determined beliefs about “femininity”, “masculinity” and “beauty” build up m...
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free text keywords: art; pricing; worth; market; fashion industry; aesthetic commodities; fashion model; cultural perspective, jel:Z1
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