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December 11, 2008

The Va-Va-Voom Holiday Giveaway

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I've been keeping a secret. On my nightstand, I have the most incredible book: Timothy White's Hollywood Pinups. First of all, the book itself comes sleekly wrapped in its own case. A glossy red number with the words "Be Seduced" proudly displayed in large block letters. Just the sight of it is visually arresting. But when you open it and find it filled with page after page of exquisite photos you are hardly prepared for the effect.

Sure, every month we see sexy photos of Angelina (have you seen the dozens of pages in W of photos taken by Brad?) and even Kate (The December cover of Vanity Fair showed a barely-clad Kate nearly showing us her Winslets)... but cover images have become de rigeur. There's a certain "expected-ness" about them. Each magazine vying for attention on the shelf. I can't say I'm shocked that often (although Vanity Fair does do a decent job causing me to do double takes...). But there's something different when you assemble a collection of celebrities posing in old-school pinup style.
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To be fair, the book has caused its share of controversy. Most of the complaints being that pinups in the past wore boy shorts and had far more coverage. Have they tuned into prime-time television lately? I often think my great grandmother would be shocked if she had seen the Victoria's Secret television special. Or - even more pedestrian - any episode of Gossip Girl.

Maybe I'm looking at the photos from the woman's perspective. Just think of the confidence you have to muster to take a seductive photo. The old "fake it 'til you make it" adage may hold true of acting... but posing for a photograph is different. Knowing that you have trained hair and makeup teams fretting over every last freckle. And the Photoshop wunderkinds who will airbrush out any nefarious little detail threatening to tarnish your hard earned "beauty" rep. Not to mention comments and complaints from those who say women are being objectified. Blah, blah, blah.

I'm not looking at any of that when I see this book. I see confidence when I see these photos. The moxie to say "yes" to the concept. The trust that the stylist and photographer have a vision. The sense of "self" that you must have to just go for it.... everyone should feel that sense of power and confidence. Every woman. Every person. Everyone.
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So what's this about a giveaway? You know I only do these on occasion. This is a rare opportunity to win a little indulgence for yourself, a loved one or a friend (who are we kidding? It's for you, right?). And all you have to do to enter is tell me something that makes you confident. That's right. Just leave a comment telling me something you LOVE about yourself. Is it your collarbone? Your hair? Your ability to quote tax code or Shakespeare or Kant? Do you love your perfect posture? Your green thumb? Your MBA? Tell me something that you just love about yourself. I want to hear it. What makes you feel GREAT about you? Got more than one? Tell me ten things you love about you. Let's hear it.

{Fine print: To qualify, you must leave a comment telling me something about yourself that you love. Of those comments that qualify, one lucky random winner will receive a copy of the book mailed to them direct from the publisher. How's that for a gift? Comments must be left by midnight PST next Thursday. Happy holidays!!!}

What the beautiful people are saying...

The thing that makes me confident is my smile! i think its my best feature and everyone thinks so too!

thanks!

What i love most about myself is my hair! it's nice and long but at the same time strong healthy and very silky!

I think that my eyes are my best feature! because you can express so many emotions through them!

Love hearing so many great things about you all! Great smile, great hair, great eyes... keep it coming!

What makes me most confident, I believe, is my ability to connect with people. Even on those most rainy of days, even just a rueful smile shared with someone, any kind of personal connection makes me feel more confident in myself and in the world.
(On a side note, I'd just like to say that I just joined this whole blog world thing and I've really been enjoying your blog, Frankie!)

I would love to see this book. Let's see, well I would say I love my hair, but that's been known to let me down upon occassion so I guess it would be my legs--they're long and have yet to let me down...

I love my smile, and this may sound weird, but I think I have really nice feet!

I love about me that I started Blogging and you were one of my very first Blogging Buddies!!!!

I used to be a nude model for an art class! It has forever changed my perception about my body. Instead of seeing myself as good or bad, I'm art!

These are wonderful. Patricia, I still remember your early days as a blogger. Seems a lifetime ago, doesn't it?

Emma, Mary jo, katelin, nicole, nicky, jennifer... thanks for your comments. :)

Oh, what a nice effort and such a lovely giveaway!

I love how I'm cute and girly, and thus usually surprise people by being a total computer geek and working within drilling..

I love my face. I think that every feature comes together perfectly.

Hello!

I just found your blog and it's great! I that my body is curvy. I wouldn't have it any other way! :-)

Julie

I love my ability to adapt. I can just be one of the guys or gussy up and feel as womanly as a supermodel. I just love that I can access those parts of me and get the most out of life! I can enjoy going to a car show with the boyfriend as much as I do shopping for heels at a department store. :)

I think variety is sexy!

Off topic - but the Brad photos in W - I thought they were great!

I'd say my kids brutal honesty about me and the fact they still love me with no strings attached gives me confidence (Ages 6 & 3) :-)

What do I love about myself? Honestly, I give the BEST hugs! None of that pitty pat on the back with your butt poked out stuff here, no ma'am, lol.

Such wonderful things, ladies. It's also great learning new things about each of you.

And yes, Down Pillow, the pics Brad took were fabulous!

Keep the comments coming, ladies. Good luck to all of you!

I've taken up running lately and I have to say that I love the effects it has on my entire being. I feel better about how I look but I love how clear-headed it has helped me become. I also love that I'm taking this and well, running with it, and attempting a 10k in February. My body has been good to me and I'm trying to take care of it in return.

As for me, I love life, I love being alive. I love my lavish eye lashes, my long neck, my Italian chocolate-brown eyes, and my strength.
I keep myself as positive as I can, and savor every second of this fragile, beautiful life.

I believe living is all about experiencing and creating beauty, pleasure and working for humanitarianism.

But really, I love it all! If I was lucky to receive this book, I'd give it a friend of mine that had a baby girl four months ago, and is having body issues. The book would inspire and empower her for her new life.

Thank you very much, and happy holidays!

those photos of Angelina by Brad were beautiful. Only her partner cold have captured such thoughtful and nuanced images bc she is so comfortable with him and she loves him so it shows in each frame.

As for me? I think that my courage and willingness to take risks makes me confident. This is what I love. It's not always easy to make choices that will change your life - in fact, it's never easy. It takes deep soul searching and a lot of self reflection. For me, the last year and a half has been all about change - change in career, change in frame of mind - but the one thing that remained the same, other than the relentless support of my husband and family, has been my own courage and belief in myself that I never even knew I had!

Other than that? My crazy curly hair makes me pretty confident. I have always been either the only person in the room who doesn't straighten her hair or one of two or three women who lets her curls run wild. I've learned to live with it and love it and it has made my life a lot easier...

this is a wonderful idea! I love holiday giveaways and you are making people think about those things that they probably don't really consciously think about...I'd love to see that book!

I love that I completely screw up the simplist of sayings. (You're barking down the wrong tree buddy...Four sheets to the wind...you're full of vineger and water...these are my all time classics!) Plus it makes my husband laugh, cry and he gives me THAT look, THAT look that lets me knows he LOVES me for WHO I am...even with my may faults and that in turn warms my heart. I don't know if you would call that confidence but having a loving Hubby who excepts you for all that you are makes me that more confident in who I am, faults and all.

I love that I completely screw up the simplist of sayings. (You're barking down the wrong tree buddy...Four sheets to the wind...you're full of vineger and water...these are my all time classics!) Plus it makes my husband laugh, cry and he gives me THAT look, THAT look that lets me knows he LOVES me for WHO I am...even with my may faults and that in turn warms my heart. I don't know if you would call that confidence but having a loving Hubby who excepts you for all that you are makes me that more confident in who I am, faults and all.

I inherited great hair - thick and straight - not always a great thing in humid Florida, but it gives me confidence.

Thank you all for your AMAZING comments. I have really enjoyed hearing so many wonderful things about each of you! Mwah! XOXO

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