Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dance is changing my idea of female beauty

My standard for female beauty was probably set when I was ten or twelve and first saw Diana Rigg in The Avengers:

I don't mean racially. My standard for female beauty includes Michelle Yeoh:

and Pam Grier:

and Buffy Sainte-Marie:

and a great many women with dark hair and bodies that look tall and strong, on-screen, anyway. But since I've started dancing, I'm finding shorter and heavier women attractive too. I'm sure it's the effect Laci Green describes, the consequence of paying attention to more kinds of women:

It's a cliché, but the most attractive thing a person can do is smile. Right now, I'd say the second is dance. Dancing, like smiling, can be completely goofy and completely enchanting.