Read this post on allure.com here.
Last week, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a speech at the Republican National Convention that created a bit of a stir. Viewers weren’t offended by her political message—it was her teeth they couldn’t stop talking about. Somewhere between Rice’s last mirror check and arriving at the podium, it seems, she managed to smudge her berry-colored lipstick on her front teeth. Uh oh! Twitter lit up with snide comments about Rice’s big beauty blunder. “I heard nothing Condi said because I was so damn distracted from her lipstick stained teeth!” wrote one self-appointed commentator.
Thankfully, Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley jumped to Rice’s defense and calm was restored. “So what,” wrote Talley, “she spoke with true eloquence and raised the bar.” But I couldn’t help think about my own (bad) behavior. I’m not going to lie: I get as big a kick out of spotting a beauty malfunction as the next girl, and, yes, I’ve been known to comment on Kate Middleton’s heavy eyeliner and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas’s unruly bun.
It’s not because I’m cruel or sadistic, but because I take personal appearance seriously. I enjoy the results when they’re good, and when there’s an obvious flaw, I feel i can point out that celebrities are still human, even with a team of professional hair and makeup artists to keep them looking good. But one thing I always do before commenting is to carefully consider my audience. Is it really necessary to discuss a slight hitch in the appearance of one of the country’s most-respected stateswomen on a public platform like Twitter? Only if you want to look like a twit.
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