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"ALL OUR FAMOUS BEAUTIES HAVE FACES
LTKE UN LIGHT ED LAMPS!"
prefer homely women?
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
(Copyright, 1913, by the Newspaper
tA It's great to be homely!
At least Polaire, known in Paris
as "the ugliest woman in the world,"
is of that opinion.
She has danced in all the capitals
of Europe. For the last few weeks
she has been one bf a three-pointed
starring tour which broke up a few
days ago because of a disagreement
between the three points Polaire,
Gertrude Hoffman and Lady Con
stance Richardson as to which one
should occupy the dressing-room
with a bath.
Since then the three stars have
danced their separate ways, Polaire
filling an engagement at a New
' York music hall and winning great
success with her f ourteen-inch waist,
her strange sphinx-like face, her fer
vent dancing that seems to have been
invented to give her polar name the
When she came to America she
wore a ring in her nose, but she in
sists that no man has ever led her
around by it. In fact, she declares
that the homely woman has always
led mankind by the nose after put
ting a ring in it generally a wedding
"I have seen a great many beauti
ful women, especially in America,"
Polaire informed me the other day,
"but never one for whose face I
would exchange my own. I have been
called the ugliest woman in the
world, and I tell you frankly that I
do not find myself as ugly as that. I
have a little foot, a little waist, a slen
der figure, eyes that express my soul.
But I am proud to be called the
ugliest woman in the world, whether
I deserve it or not. To be the most
perfect monster is as fine a perfec
tion as any other."
"And you really believe that men
"I believe that, to have men love
you, the most important thing of all
is to be original and charming," Po
laire replied. "I think that any woman
is most attractive when she is most
herself. I do not think any woman
should despair because her face does
not resemble the great beauties. If
her nose is shorter or longer than the
standard, if her mouth is larger, she
is just so much more original. She
must not try to make the least of her
defects. On the contrary she must
make the most of them. She must
emphasize her type."
There is no doubt that Polaire her
self lives up to her own formula. Her
mouth is large and, unlike other the
atrical stars, she does not attempt
to minimize its size by using the lip
stick on the middle section only.
Very often an actress who seems
charmingly pretty from the front,
yet when you see her in her dressing
room you are disconcerted by the
strange effect of a small, sharply ac
cented, crimson cupid's-bow painted
on larger and less vivid lips beneath.
Polaire's eyes are dark gray and
stormy, the color of lowering thun
der clouds or the war-gray of our
fighting ships. Her hair is very black
and curly, and she wears it bobbed
off and falling about her face like a
medieval page. This way of wearing
the hair boy fashion is very much the
thing in Paris just now and gives a
certain chic to those faces that must
strive for the piquate because the
beautiful is unattainable.
"The most powerful women, the
women who have been most loved
by men," Polaire continued, "are
nearly always considered ugly by men
and women to whom they do not
choose to reveal their charm."
Cleopatra, who twisted Julius
Caesar around her fingers, who later
charmed his nephew, Octavius, and