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Real Gorgeous [Paperback]

Kaz Cooke
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Feb. 1 1996
At last--an empowering book that tells girls and women how to be friends with their bodies. Packed with jokes, cartoons, and practical ways to find real self-esteem and avoid freak-outs and rip-offs, Real Gorgeous is easy to read, relevant, and an indispensable boost for women ages 11 to 111.

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Kaz Cooke knew women needed a book that cut through the confusing and cruel messages about body image, beauty, eating disorders, diets, and cosmetic surgery. "Mostly, we needed a book that wasn't trying to sell us anything except self-confidence and the truth," says Cooke. "I couldn't find one so I had to write one." Written in the spirit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of body acceptance, Cooke playfully challenges some of the most oppressive misogynists of the 20th century: the beauty, fashion, and diet industries. Simultaneously funny and reassuring, Cooke boldly asserts her opinions and research on push-up bras (they dig and hurt), cellulite (it's a cosmetic company-induced condition, not a medical condition), and fashion models ("some of the most insecure, tortured souls around"). The cartoon illustrations offer comic and compassionate accents to this poignant discussion.

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Australian filmmaker and newspaper columnist Cooke shoots as straight from the hip as Dr. Ruth when discussing body image. Although her jocular tone and clever cartoons often make this book more appropriate for young teens than adults (e.g., "Like a little old caterpillar programmed to become a butterfly, our grown-up shapes are already decided before we are born."), her no-nonsense pronouncements on the ultimate uselessness of moisturizer and the eating disorder- inducing tactics of the fashion industry are wonderfully refreshing. Some of this ground has already been covered, but Cooke's irreverence is all-inclusive: she reels off statistics and examples (particularly damaging are quotes from fashion magazines); doesn't wince from explaining why, scientifically speaking, "No cream or lotion in the world will firm or shape or enlarge or reduce your breasts"; and even supplies practical advice on how to deal with (or answer back to) people who feel compelled to comment on others' bodies. Cooke tries to be funny and very often succeeds, but she is never coy or condescending, and there is plenty of serious stuff mixed in with the cheery advice. Dissections of advertisements and their phony techno-speak are priceless, and her cartoons have the same mordant wit. A complete list of resources rounds out this hefty, funny reference.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This bright pink book just screams for attention. Australian author Kaz Cooke is well known for her cartoons, films, and writing. Her humorous book provides delightful wisdom about a variety of female topics: nutrition, dieting, the fashion industry, and self-image to name a few. As Cooke says, ´¿We want to find out how to stop seeing our bodies as the enemy. And hey, let´¿s face it, we wouldn´¿t mind a laugh while we´¿re at it.´¿ Cooke manages to provide serious, thoughtful information in a casual, appealing manner. Because the text is divided by bold titles and subtitles, it is easy to pick it up and flip through to a subject of interest. The text is broken up by cartoons, quotes, and quizzes. One of the best parts of the book is the ´¿Contacts´¿ and ´¿Further Reading´¿ lists at the end of each topic. The book is sassy and fun, great for kids from 14-103. Some of the humor may go over the heads of younger readers. This version has been ´¿Americanized,´¿ changing metric measures to American measures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all women :) Nov. 10 2002
By MrsJB
this book is great for all women who always thought there is an irony in the media about beauty. first time I saw this book I thought the back had an interesting introduction. then when I read a couple of first pages i laughed!!it has great information about media and stuff you wish you didn't know. i have this book for a bout a year and i still read it for fun:)
Update:july 13.It's been a while since I've read over the book but I recently dusted it off my bookshelf and read it when I was feeling horrible and cranky.still love it and if you still haven't bought it it's worth keeping.My sisters love this book too since it's funny and educational at the same time.Kat offers many insights on products that are considered "must have" and gives a different view on self esteem compared to other women who have tried to written a book on women's self esteem.Her view is much more realistic or is just easier to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is Really, Really Gorgeous! Dec 7 1999
By A Customer
This is a great book for anyone who is feeling like a 'space-porker from hell'. Kaz Cooke tells the truth about dieting, modelling, body image and much more. The section on cosmetic surgery and why it is not a good thing was really useful to me. The information is presented in a frank, easily readable way, with funny cartoons and tips on how to deal with the 'body police' and the 'style police'. This book taught me to feel good about who I am and that my personality is more important than my looks. I especially liked 'Social Blunder Woman' and the 'Sensible Underpants' cartoons.I really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) this great book and anyone who has ever felt like they are worthless, fat or ugly will too. An excellent read for women (and men!) of all ages.
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By A Customer
Kaz Cooke is a friend to women everywhere. One of those friends who can tell you the truth and still make you feel better. The book covers issues like body image, advertising, make-up and beauty myths. It will give you a boost, as well as a laugh, and a lot of really useful, sensible information. It could just change the way you look at dieting, health, fashion etc. Lots of perspective and a breath of fresh air. There are plenty of cartoons, drawings and real life letters, tips on what to say to "the body police" and ideas on how to boost your body image, amongst other things. This book is a good counterpoint to the madness that young women go through every day. It's a sensible, mature healthy way to live and think.
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By Leeann
I got _Real Gorgeous_ as a 17th birthday gift, which is about 5 years later than I wish I'd read it. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gives you a cute, funny, entertaining look at the media's idea of "beauty", ways to have a more positive body image, why diets don't work, etc. This is advice that could help save many adolescent girls from falling into the typical pattern of low self-esteem, crash dieting, and body hatred. Best of all, it's presented in a light-hearted, positive, friendly fashion that nearly any girl will enjoy. Please do the girls around you a favor and introduce them to this fun, positive, uplifting book (after reading & enjoying it yourself, of course)!
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If you have ever doubted your looks or just one part of your body, this book is for you. I think every woman but espicially teenagers should read this book. It gives you a normal way to view your body and all it's parts. You get an objective view on fashion magazines, models, actresses, thighs, breasts, etc. You get references to other books and organizations and some feedback and comments from real woman throughout the book. But what makes this so different from all other self esteem books is that it is funny! It is truthful and helpful but also funny and smart with drawings and cartoons that leave you saying " I am ok and i like myself." I reccommend this book to ALL women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great investment March 19 2001
By A Customer
a very well-written and comprehensive guide to "beauty" in all its subjective embodiments. I appreciated as a professional (mental health) and as a woman with "beauty issues" and think it is very funny and informative reading for girls and women alike. In particular I think this would be a great book to help teenagers with some very challenging topics and possibly help in the prevention of eating disorders, among other things.
Overall, it is a book that actually embraces the idea of beauty and tries to help show the various ways in which individual beauty may differ, while offering ways to take charge of your own beauty regimens and questions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dose of confidence for pre-teens.
This book is cute in spots. It seems designed to placate adolescent fears about the developing female body. It is obviously not directed toward an American audience. Read more
Published on March 16 2003 by Ingrid M. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book is loaded with lots of info. I enjoyed reading his book, lots of info.
I am now wise beyond my years. No really, you learn a lot.
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by Quyen
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm!
It was good over all. But I didnt like how they kept on dissing on skinny girls. They could have been more universal if they had written "There isnt a certain way to be. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002 by "kiwikisses36"
5.0 out of 5 stars On my way to body bliss!
I just started reading Real Gorgeous, and I already can't wait to post my rave review -- it's THAT good! Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by Krista L. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Like the Queen You Are!
This book is absolutely-without-a-doubt-fabulous. I have been having some body image issues lately. Read more
Published on June 20 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book on Being Human!
I Loved this book. Nicely demonstrates the affect society has on a woman's self image, and helps to combat that. Plus, it's just a fun read. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2002 by C. K. Ogi
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish this book had been around when I was in high school!
What a wonderful and very needed book! I spent most of my teenage years feeling quite awkward and ugly. Read more
Published on March 21 2001 by Heather D
5.0 out of 5 stars This book IS Real Gorgeous!
I first borrowed this book from my counselor, who had it in her bookcase. After ONE night with it I ordered my own copy! I couldn't stop laughing! Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2000 by Shelley R. Stevenson
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