Friday, June 29, 2007

What he said

"What's 'normal' for Beverly Hills is not 'normal' for the rest of the world. What's 'normal' in Beverly Hills is more like 'batshit fucking insane' to the rest of the world."

-- Mr. Bailey, yo's response when I sent him a link to this article and a note moaning about what counts as a normal female beauty regime these days.



At 5:25 PM, Blogger Seamus, yo said...

I dunno. How can you begrudge a girl a little routine maintenance?

At 2:39 PM, Blogger wonderkiller said...

At risk of making the mistake of taking Seamus, yo, seriously, let me momentarily use my mad math skillz for good instead of evil. According to the linked article, these women spend between $2,000 and $3,500 per month on personal grooming. For illustrative purposes, lets take an average of that and call it $2,750 per month. Assuming that taxes eat up roughly 1/3 of your paycheck, you would need to earn $50,000 per year just to spend 100% of your take-home pay on beauty treatments at this rate. That salary would put you in the top 30% of all income earners in the US, based on 2006 census data. If all these beauty treatments represented only 50% of take-home pay, which is still absurd, you would need to earn $100,000 per year, placing you in the top 6% of wage earners. So there’s no possible way this can be considered ‘normal’ in any sense other than if applied to a very small subset of the population.


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