I didn't discover Daphne Merkin until this great article in T:Style a couple years ago. It was about the idea of the "jolie laide" and it became the basis of my own senior thesis on the idea of beauty. Ever since then, I've read everything of hers that I can get my hands on, but what I'm always most impressed by are her articles for T - always sharp, always reasonable and always about fashion. I almost laughed myself silly when she contextualized lip gloss using Sontag's "Notes On Camp," and now I am again totally tickled by her newest T story, "Heel, Girl!" an essay that compares high-heeled shoes with men known to her as "heels" and that reveals a lot about Daphne herself. I'm pretty sure that was a story idea of Carrie's on Sex and the City when she started working at Vogue, and yet, Daphne makes me smile over an idea that once made me smirk. I actually get excited whenever I feel the heft of an extra magazine in my Sunday Times and I go out to buy a latte companion after I've made sure that Daphne's words are included. Never let this writer go, T. She practically makes every issue.
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