Jolie laide is a French expression, directly translated as “beautiful ugly”, and is used to describe someone who is unconventionally attractive. Not everyone who’s called jolie laide is impressive to me, but I have my personal favorites. Unlike my “Most Beautiful Women” list, these are not what I’d consider the best examples of beauty. But perfect beauty can become boring too, and then, it becomes more fun to look at someone who’s beautifully flawed and special. Fat women don’t count as “jolie laide” in my mind, as fat in itself is not a flaw to my eye.
She’s more jolie than laide, but often looks tiny and bony. But she’s an artist and for an artist, looking a bit odd pays.
She has a beastly voice too (in a good way, lol):
You’ve probably seen this strange, alien-like woman in movies and fashion magazines (if you read them). She looks like David Bowie, and David Bowie looks like her. Perhaps because she’s a bit masculine, and he’s a bit feminine. But actually, she has rather feminine features with wide-set eyes, long neck and small jaw. And it becomes obvious she’s somewhat conventionally pretty when she has long hair:
She’s pretty scary, and even makes Kim Kardashian look slender and small.
But she’s also R. Crumb’s “dream girl”, and that guy has good taste.
If you’re a horror movie fan, you might have seen her in the second Hostel movie, where she meets a gory end. If you like seriousness movies, you might have seen her in Welcome to the Dollhouse, where she plays a loser teen. She’s kind of geeky-looking, but that kind of appearance has its charm.
Most known for her role as Wendy in the Shining. Another geeky-looking woman. I don’t understand why some people think she’s ugly. I think she’s gorgeous.
Nichole is one of those Youtube personalities who seem a little “different” and sing popsongs, usually badly. These people have their share of fans, although they are also frequently made fun of. Nichole is probably the best looking of them, and also the least badly singing (still it isn’t great, but autotune solves everything).
Like PJ harvey, she’s a great artist, and thus could get away with having a moustache and a monobrow. But strangely, they fit her.
What do you think of the concept of jolie laide? Real? Rare? Just an invention for ugly women to feel pretty?.. Provide your favorite jolie laide examples if you think it’s real 🙂