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Author Zadie Smith Gets Backlash, Support for Makeup Comments

Zadie Smith is known for her outspokenness about female beauty standards.
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How much time should a 7-year-old spend perfecting the contour on her face?

English novelist Zadie Smith says no more than 15 minutes and some pockets of Twitterdom tore into her from all sides.

The author of “On Beauty,” said she places a limit on how long her daughter Katherine — or “Kit,” as her mother calls her — spends applying contour.

“I explained it to her in these terms: you are wasting time, your brother is not going to waste any time doing this,” she said Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival according to UK’s The Times. “Every day of his life, he will put a shirt on, he’s out the door and he doesn’t give a s— if you waste an hour and a half doing your makeup.”

“It was infuriating me,” she added. “I decided to spontaneously decide on a principle: If it takes longer than 15 minutes, don’t do it.”

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The remarks drew reactions ranging in tone from “You go, girl!” to “What the hell is a child doing wearing makeup?”

Backing up Smith were those who applauded her beauty ideals.

Others questioned her judgment.


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