Back in August, I wrote about a woman who did not look at herself in a mirror for a year. The project was kind of fascinating to me, because I am always intrigued by topics concerning embodiment and presentation. And now, out of Brookline (which Google Maps indicates is some sort of suburb of Boston), there is Phoebe Baker Hyde, who spent a year not engaging with fashion (including makeup and fancy salon haircuts).
Of course -- because these experiments always result in the same thing -- she has discovered that a) breaking beauty habits is really freaking hard and b) once you stop obsessing about what you SHOULD look like, it’s easier to appreciate what you DO look like. [link to www.xojane.com]