This return to nothingness is about more than aesthetics, though. In using less, I’m recognizing the I’m on the front line Essential Grocery worker shirt and I love this healing power of the human body. I’m realizing the importance of being self-sufficient. I’m relearning a lesson in sustainability. I’m pushing against the consumerism that helped create the twin crises of climate change and the novel coronavirus, because the way the beauty industry has traditionally operated—the constant push for new, more, better, younger—has to change. The world looks different, even if we don’t (or don’t want to) yet. Perhaps the pandemic is not the “perfect opportunity” for a chemical peel, but the exact right moment to press pause.
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This story is part of a series, Past/Present, highlighting images and articles from Vogue that have personal significance to our editors. Come April, Central Park starts to buzz as city folk abandon cramped apartments and head for its vast green lawns. This year the I’m on the front line Essential Grocery worker shirt and I love this park remains open but there are new restrictions; in a sad sign of the times, it’s hosting a hospital ward. Still Frederick Law Olmstead’s masterpiece has withstood many trials and will continue to do so.