We probably think this post is about us and in a lot of ways it is. According to a report compiled by TotalBeauty.com, New York is the vainest city in the US. The study examined data like plastic surgeon to population ratios, number of personal care businesses (salons, day spas, etc.) and money spent on beauty upkeep. Fact: New Yorkers spend nearly 60 million (yes, six. zero.) dollars on trying to make ourselves prettier each year. And there are more than three times the amount of salons et. al in NYC than any other city, and that includes Los Angeles. These stats got me thinking: —Do we New Yorkers feel pressure to be pretty because models and all-around beautiful people can be found at every turn? (Agyness Deyn is always at my am coffee spot. Yes, it makes me feel less than lithe and lovely early in the morning.)
—Do we shell out more for how we look because houses and yards often aren’t on the can-do investment list? —Do the dollars-spent numbers take into consideration price of services and cost of living? Because it's obviously a lot more expensive to get your hair colored in the city versus, say, San Diego. —And should we be embarrassed that our city spends this much money on pampering?