Off Message: In the age of Covid-19, vanity has to take a raincheck

With hair and beauty salons shut, we’re learning to live with bushy eyebrows, outgrown roots – and Zoom conference calls to show us all at our worst rather than our best

29th March, 2020
Off Message: In the age of Covid-19, vanity has to take a raincheck
As salons have closed, we’re all stuck with bushy eyebrows and bad hair, just as our use of video-conferencing has increased. Picture: Getty

Can we talk about Instagram filters please? I’d like to talk about filters, because – memo to my personal vanity calibrator here – I hadn’t realised how dependent on them I had become. For years, I would blithely add an Instagram filter to one of my photographs, post it online, and then lean back and feel a warm glow of happiness if the picture attracted likes from followers.

Of course, the...

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