Just as you can make yourself beautiful, you can make yourself smart. One of my favourite stories is that of Holly Madison, Reality TV star and author, who stole the show created by American Network E! During the preliminary interviews the producers asked her, 'When did you realise you were beautiful?' With an acid snap she replied, 'I never realised I was beautiful. I made myself beautiful.'
Doesn't the reality that you can MAKE yourself beautiful, intelligent, etc, prove that you can MAKE yourself anything? There's nothing wrong with concentrations on aesthetic, but I believe we need to concentrate just as much on cultivating the lives - within and without - we want to live as women. To cultivate these things for ourselves, so that come rain, shine, friendlessness or singledom, we can stand on our own psychological, financial, morale and eudaimonic feet.