…the failure of ‘resting on pretty’ lies in a person’s inability to transform one’s beauty into an achievement, the failure to make the abstract concrete, the failure to make a noun a verb; it’s like they’ve won the so-called 'genetic lottery’ but can’t be bothered to get off their ass and collect their winnings. And in a world that increasingly values the production of beauty and the labor of beauty over beauty in and of itself—a world where a 27-minute YouTube tutorial on natural brows and contouring can rack up more than a million views—that truly is a crime.
—  Wrote a brief history of the Top Model/Drag Race trope of “resting on pretty,” featuring interviews with Mariah Balenciaga and Michelle Visage read here plz read here plz read here plz read here plz or at least just click plz