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Collage portrait of the Silent Era movie star Clara Bow. Brown and Gray palette. Created by recycling a variety of paper products.
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(collage and oil painting on cardboard, 9X12, 2009)

"The IT Girl, portrait of Clara Bow"

I was working on the series of portraits of the Silent Era movie stars when I discovered that the ever-so-familiar term "The It girl" was originally applied to the Hollywood's Golden Age actress Clara Bow after she starred in the 1927 film simply called 'It'. I didn't know much about Ms. Bow, but having done a bit of research I understood why she was chosen for a role of a young woman who possessed 'it'. Hardly a beauty the actress displayed very appealing qualities of both animated innocence and hidden temptation. Although, very different from the widely desired raw sex appeal of the contemporary starlets I found (as an artist) Clara Bow's looks much more intriguing than those of most of her modern counterparts.

In my humble opinion Bow's sex appeal is the perfect proof that one doesn't need to be conventionally beautiful (read: skinny, tan and big-breasted) to be attractive. Unfortunately, it's a concept that is falling into obscurity with our society obsessed with air-brushed and surgically-altered celebrities. It makes me sad that so many attractive women are unaware of their attractiveness, because their beauty differs from what they are used to seeing on TV. I've always liked the saying that a woman has one chance to be beautiful and 10,000 chances to be attractive. I believe it's 100% true! I wish more women would realize that each one of us has 'it' and that a symmetrical face, puffy lips and long legs have absolutely nothing to do with having 'IT'!

"IT" is that quality possessed by some which draws all others with its magnetic force. With "IT" you win all men if you are a woman—all women if you are a man. "IT" can be a quality of the mind as well as a physical attraction.
Elinor Glyn

Self-confidence and indifference whether you are pleasing or not—and something in you that gives the impression that you are not at all cold. That's "IT".
Elinor Glyn