Gillian Bennett

Gillian Bennett’s Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease and Death in Contemporary Legend is published by Mississippi.

Masquerade: self-impersonation

Gillian Bennett, 3 November 2005

In a show earlier this year on Channel 4, a downtrodden-looking woman was exhibited to members of the public who were asked to guess her age. When, as invariably they did, they overestimated it, a team of image-management professionals – cosmetic surgeons, celebrity hairdressers, make-up artists and the doll-like ‘stylist’ who presented the show – got to work...

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