DAVID KIBBE'S METAMORPHOSIS by David Kibbe

DAVID KIBBE'S METAMORPHOSIS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A routine beauty guide with a sound basis: rather than disguising flaws or hewing to some long-established standard, accentuate the positive of one's own looks and personality. Kibbe is something of a celebrity (talk shows, makeovers, an N.Y.C. salon), and he has the right idea: ""Let's face it: most of the information and products available are presented to you to 'correct' presumed 'flaws,' as well as to promote the notion that you are not beautiful unless you use them!"" Happily, he also banishes some tired old standards, such as lightening one's hair and make-up with age: it's okay if you want to join the ranks of the matrons, he points out, but wouldn't it be better to keep one's own personality and ""look""--witness Martha Graham as a shining example. His program includes make-up, clothing, and general style: first, self-quizzes for ""determining your yin/yang balance and your image identity theme""--which run the gamut from dramatic, soft dramatic, romantic, and theatrical romantic through to gamine, flamboyant gamine, and soft gamine, with many others in between. This, as well as the resulting advice that follows, is quite involved and can get confusing. But for those who want to stick with it out of curiosity or because of the Kibbe name, there is at least a reasonable basis to this plan.

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 1987
Publisher: Atheneum