A reader just sent this pretty interesting conversation on female beauty from Wowowow. The best part's when Lily Tomlin (remember her?) admits she used to pad her hips when she was 13 or 14 years old in her quest to emulate Marilyn Monroe, the beauty standard of her time. I've never done anything quite like that in trying to look like what I think is better than myself, but it still makes me think of a lot of things - all the makeup I wore in seventh grade trying to look made-up and womanly, and the trouble I go through now to just look fresh-faced and natural. Or the fact that I refuse to dye stray grays because it's my way of drawing the line in the sand, kind of like saying, "I refuse to put any more effort into looking like how people think I should." Or that when I was sixteen, I refused to get braces at my parents' behest because I thought the change in my appearance would just be too much, too far from what I really look like, even though I hated my very juvenile smile, a decision I wasn't even totally comfortable with until a couple years ago. Has your idea of beauty changed as you've gotten older? Or even better - what kind of stuff did you used to do when you were younger in your quest for beauty?