When Gorgeous Isn’t Enough

MichelleMy March 2014 column in Research magazine is now available digitally. It opens like this.

Michelle Pfeiffer was and is a major movie star. People magazine put her on the cover for its first “50 Most Beautiful People” issue. The New York Times, no less, called her “devastatingly gorgeous.” So when Esquire magazine’s December 1990 cover asked “What Michelle Pfeiffer Needs …,” the answer printed on the inside front cover—“Is Absolutely Nothing”—seemed superfluous at best. However, as it turned out, she needed a lot of help to look like she did on that cover, which was perfect.

I hope you enjoy it.

The Perfectly Dangerous Thing Your Clients Want


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