There are a lot of how-to beauty books out there — great ones, too — but none are quite like Francesco Scavullo's 1976 classic Scavullo on Beauty. In it, the legendary photographer details the usual regimen recommendations (organic grains; home facials with chamomile tea) as well as some fun lighting tips, like lining lampshades with aluminum foil. But the real draw are his intimate portraits and interviews with 59 of his oft-photographed subjects — who just happen to be some of the era's most famous faces. Here, some of their choice quotes on beauty.
"[Beauty] has more to do with someone's aura than with specific features. It's something that comes out of people and surrounds them and is in their personality and part of their soul."
Loulou de la Falaise
"Some women are totally professional about beauty. They don't drink, smoke, they take vitamins by the handful. If you can be bothered to live that kind of life…you know it works."
"The best thing [for beauty] is to be happy. I think the greater your measure of personal happiness, the more it shows physically."
"If I have a pimple or something, I don't bring attention to it. I just put on more makeup and cross my fingers."
"I always think of myself as being a cross between an ostrich and an antelope. Sometimes I'm very graceful and other times I'm really awkward."
"[My mother] said, 'The best compliment anyone can pay you is to tell you that you are a beautiful person inside.'"
"[Diana Vreeland is] beautiful because she's not only just herself — she's unique. There are no two Diana Vreelands in the world; there is only one."
"I think energy is
beauty — a Ferrari with an empty tank doesn't run."
"Beauty is spirit. It is timeless. Compassion, wit, serenity and enthusiasm are qualities which make beauty life-enhancing. It's a style of character."