Pretty Legendary

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Despite what “traditional” western masculine ideals tell us, history is teeming with examples of male beauty icons. In this fun nonfiction book, David Yi highlights several “pretty boys” ranging from ancient history to present day. A few of my favorites were Alexander the Great, RuPaul, and Lord Byron.

Along the way, readers will also find insights from modern beauty professionals and/or beauty icons as well as step-by-step instructions and tips for beauty strategies including, skincare, haircare, and how to apply makeup.

I really liked the “pretty boys next door” section at the end, especially since they were written by each pretty boy himself. It supports another important aspect of the book, which is to give modern pretty boys people who they can identify with and look up to.

The overall book is fun, informative, and approachable.