8 Personal Style and Beauty Quotes From the Greatest Beauties in Francesco Scavullo's 'Women'

In the '60s, '70s, and '80s, Francesco Scavullo had the privilege of photographing the most beautiful women of his time — women who continue to be aspirational dressers and beauties to this day. For all the time he spent with them, taking their photos for Cosmopolitan covers and society commissions, he learned to listen in, gathering their gems of style quotes for books on beauty. What follows are the best words of style wisdom from Francesco Scavullo's Women.

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The Women of 'Women'

In the '60s, '70s, and '80s, Francesco Scavullo had the privilege of photographing the most beautiful women of his time — women who continue to be aspirational dressers and beauties to this day. For all the time he spent with them, taking their photos for Cosmopolitan covers and society commissions, he learned to listen in, gathering their gems of style quotes for books on beauty. What follows are the best words of style wisdom from Francesco Scavullo's Women.

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Francesco Scavullo on Women

"Something in my head gets turned on by seeing a woman's looks really come together with the right makeup, the right hair style, the right clothes... it's exciting to see a woman metamorphsed into something extraordinary... But what gives me the biggest kick of all is to see a woman... not just looking her best but knowing she looks her best..."

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Elizabeth Taylor

"I feel that my experience has shaped my face. And you know, there's nothing to be ashamed of in the way I look."

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Beverly Johnson

"If you want to photograph me at my most beautiful, photograph me at midnight; that's when I wake up. I'm not awake at nine in the morning. Nobody notices... but when you see me at a party at night, you go, 'Damn!'... I feel more beautiful at night.

Janice Dickinson

"Whatever I'm doing, it seems to be working. Also, I'm very happy. You know, you can be the richest woman in the world and go to the best facial salon, but if you're not happy, forget it. My facial is working up a sweat every day. And going to a sauna. And getting laid once a night."

Farrah Fawcett

"The more natural look is better. Don't change my bone structure or my eyes, because this is the way I am. Sure, my look has changed, but if I had known then what I know now my look would have been what it is now. Actually, I did know then; I just didn't feel I could say anything about it."

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Norma Kamali

"If you work in a law office, and if you prove that you're a capable lady who can do your job as well as anyone (you probably have to prove that you can do it a little bit better), you can wear what you want. I'm not talking about low cut, with tits and ass; I'm talking about any style, any color. If your performance commands respect, why shouldn't you wear bright red if that's what you like?"

Polly Mellen

"If you have to ask where you would wear it; if it's that everybody's talking about this terrific new length, but you're not so sure you look too hot in it; if you think you don't quite understand it — leave it, don't buy it, forget it! Nothing looks as well as a navy-blue sweater and gray flannel pants."

Donna Summer

"I think the older you get, the more you have to try to become aware of your body. You have to say to yourself, 'I've got to take care of this old bod, or I'm not going to have it.' You have to pretend it's like 'the most fine' car you've ever had, and it's the only one you're gonna have for the rest of your life. You're not gonna let anybody drive into it. You're gonna make sure that it gets tuned up. You are not going to blow out the exhaust!"

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