Elaine D’Farley and Philip Gefter

Beauty: The Real vs. The Ideal


AIRED ON: Oct 27, 2011

Elaine D’Farley and Philip Gefter discuss the editorial decision-making process behind contemporary images of beauty and the dichotomy between what is real vs. inspirational or fake.


Elaine D’Farley

Elaine D'Farley is the Beauty Director for SELF Magazine, where she directs, researches and analyzes industry trends and creates editorial beauty content on multiple platforms. D'Farley spent many years as a fashion editor and stylist. Throughout her career, she attended fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York while creating covers, fashion and beauty editorial...

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Philip Gefter

Philip Gefter writes about photography for The Daily Beast. He previously wrote about the subject for The New York Times. His book of essays, Photography After Frank, was published by Aperture. Gefter produced the feature-length documentary Bill Cunningham New York and is at work on a biography of Sam Wagstaff. He is currently a Guest...

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