"To be beautiful, all a woman needs is
a black pullover and a black skirt and
to be arm in arm with a man she loves."

Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008)



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(Updated on 25/02/2013)


Related pages :

Descriptions - The body - The ideal woman's body in 18 countries -

Fame - TATTOOS and PIERCINGS - Cosmetic surgery


Vocabulary :

  • a modelizer = a guy who dates only models


Cliparts :



Listening :

  • The Ideal Woman (
    I. Pre-Listening Exercises
    II. Listening Exercises
    III. Post-Listening Exercises


Conversation questions :


Facts :

  • Is there animal fat in your blusher? Why vegan makeup is on the rise - 28 August 2017
    "If you avoid meat, dairy and animal derivatives such as wool and leather, why would you want to tolerate animal cruelty in the products you put on your face?"


  • Barbie's got a new body



  • Snails crawl on the face of a woman "during a demonstration of a new beauty treatment at Clinical-Salon Ci:z.Labo in central Tokyo.
    According to a beautician at the salon, the snail slime is believed to make the skin supple as well as remove dry and scaly patches."




  • Miss Universe 2008
    1 Areas of Competition 2 Results 3 Judges 4 Official Contestants 5 Pageant Notes 6 Historical Significance 7 Contestant Notes
    8 References 9 External links




Stories :

  • 'Doctor Heidegger’s Experiment' by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video + Lesson plan + Quiz
    "Is there a Fountain of Youth? Read about it in this classic American story, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    Several old men and one old woman find out and it changes their lives. They are young again and fight for the attention of a beautiful woman.
    But will it last?"

  • Sleeping Beauty ( :
    Summary - Background - Characters - Quiz




Lesson plans :


  • Beauty Patch
    "This EFL lesson is designed around a short film commissioned by Dove and the theme of beauty.
    Students practise using abstract nouns and describe their perfect partner, watch a short film which shows an interesting experiment, read and discuss comments on the short film.
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 90 minutes
    Activity: Speaking about a perfect partner using abstract nouns, watching a short film, and reading
    Topic: Beauty
    Language: Abstract nouns
    Materials: Short film and YouTube comments worksheet

  • Better tables for beautiful people in Paris restaurants (November 10, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Two trendy restaurants in Paris give good-looking people better tables than not-so-good-looking people. This is according to staff who used to work at the two eateries."

  • Newly-crowned Miss America suffers racist abuse (September 19, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "America's newly-crowned beauty queen Nina Davuluri has been the subject of a torrent of racist abuse.
    She is the first woman of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America, but was greeted with a deluge of insults."

    SEE Listening

In pictures: First Miss America with Indian heritage crowned


  • The Beauty of a Second - a lesson
    "This lesson plan is designed around Seconds of Beauty a short film competition sponsored by Montblanc and the theme of moments.
    Students watch a short film, describe moments, speak about beautiful moments and create their own one-second videos."

    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 60 minutes
    Language: Present continuous


  • Jaw surgery – the new beauty fad (May 30, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Image-conscious South Koreans are trying the latest procedure in plastic surgery to enhance their looks - double-jaw surgery."

Double-jaw surgery is the latest extreme addition to South Korea's plastic surgery fad
"The bone-cutting facial surgery has grown popular among young women who want a small, heart-shaped face, but its dangers include nerve damage and paralysis."


Double Jaw Surgery In South Korea - A Dangerous New Fad - Article + Video

  • Real beauty - a lesson plan
    "This lesson plan is designed around a short film by John X. Carey which was commissioned by Dove and the theme of beauty.
    Students describe portraits, talk about beauty, watch a short film and write a detailed self-portrait."

    Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced C1
    Time: 90 minutes



  • Just Go With It: Botox
    "This is a funny movie that talks about plastic/cosmetic surgeries. This is a great scene to discuss the use of a trendy procedure nowadays. Botox."

    + a video

  • Lipsticks Found To Contain Lead (15th February, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
  • Cleopatra’s Eye Make-Up Had Health Benefits - a lesson plan
    "Lead is usually a risk to health but the low levels in the make-up had health benefits..."
    The Queen of Egypt Cleopatra "used eye make-up to try to win the heart of the emperor Mark Anthony."   


    Cleopatra VII "(January 69 BC – August 12, 30 BC) was the last effective pharaoh of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty."






Cartoons :

Half as ugly



The difference
between men and women



Teenage girls


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  • ADS of the World - "We make fairy tales come true."
    ex: Clínica Dempere: Surgery


Songs :

  • Colbie Caillat - Try (YouTube) + LYRICS :
    "Put your make up on
    Get your nails done
    Curl your hair
    Run the extra mile
    Keep it slim
    So they like you. Do they like you?...

    Take your make up off
    Let your hair down
    Take a breath
    Look into the mirror, at yourself
    Don't you like you?
    Cause I like you"




  • You're beautiful by James Blunt (Laurence Carta - Académie Aix-Marseille)
    - Travail sur clip video
    - Document de travail élève



  • Ugly sung by Sugababes
    "People made me feel like life was unfair
    And I did things that made me ashamed...
    But there will always be the one who will say
    Something bad to make them feel great...
    Everybody talks bad about somebody
    And never realises how it affects somebody
    And you bet it won't be forgotten..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube) - UPDATED


  • Big Girl sung by Mika (
    "Walks in to the room
    Feels like a big balloon
    I said, 'Hey girls you are beautiful'
    Diet coke and a pizza please
    Diet coke I'm on my knees
    Screaming 'Big girl you are beautiful' ..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube) - UPDATED

  • Animaniacs Dot's I'm Cute song - Isn't she cute!
    - with
    the lyrics (


  • Beauty knows no pain by Frank Zappa :
    "Beauty is a bikini wax 'n waitin' for yer nails to dry
    Beauty is colored pencil, scribbled all around yer eye
    Beauty is a pair of shoes that makes you wanna die...
    Beauty is a lie..."
  • Beauty by Earth Wind and Fire :
    "Does no one see
    The beauty that surrounds them"
  • A Winter's Tale by Queen :
    "It's all so beautiful
    Like a landscape painting in the sky"


Cinema :


Animations / Videos :


  • Animated English - Hair Appointment
    "Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English.
    Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files contain transcripts, language notes, worksheets, crosswords and word search puzzles..."


  • Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty 
    "This Academy Award-nominated short film is about an old woman who tells her little granddaughter the tale of Sleeping Beauty.
    But grandma has some anger issues with people in her past (and present) and weaves them into the story."


  • Dove - Evolution Commercial
    "Reginald Pike's Yael Staav takes us from model to billboard in under 60 seconds in this impressive new spot from Dove." 



  • The Wand - FLASH animation (



Literature :



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