Ashley Mears on Status and Beauty

Conversations with Tyler | 3 June 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ashley Mears about her book Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit. Describes how young women exchange “bodily capital” for free drinks and access to glamorous events, boosting the status of the big-spending men they accompany. Discusses modelling, the economics of bottle service, which kinds of men seek the club experience (and which can’t get in), why to be suspicious of restaurants filled with beautiful women, why club music is so loud, why party girls don’t want to be paid, what it’s like to be scouted, why fashion models don’t smile, how her own beauty and glamour have influenced her academic career, and more.

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