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  • "The woman I love", "impossible to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do", with the striking emphasis on the "I", the rigidly posed wedding photograph showing Wallis with her snake hips and heavy, jolie-laide features all shadows and angles, the epitome of art deco elegance.

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  • Today, like the neighbours' snuffling pug, it has a certain jolie-laide appeal.

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  • In fact, I am a huge fan of the French concept of jolie-laide, which roughly translates as "ugly-pretty."

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  • I'll just call attention to this paragraph: "That great head, the hooded eyes, the broad features of a woman the French might describe as une jolie-laide , which refers to a magnificent kind of ugliness that can be attractive, even beautiful," wrote Washington Post reporter Megan Rosenfeld in 1995.

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  • She had breasts like little volcanoes and always wore a knowing smile on her jolie-laide face.

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  • Yet Betty's home and love life were sweet and natural, and still replete with a dramatic gay tween, a variety of extravagant characters and an aesthetic that provided a homely-beautiful, or jolie-laide, counterpoint to the haute couture - the aesthetic, that is, of the heroine's Guadeloupe heritage; of the warm, bright, natural colours coded through her and her family's meals, decor and attire.

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  • It is so obvious to me that I would be a way happier human being if my life took place amid the plentiful, bizarre and, um, jolie-laide vegetation that makes its home in Los Angeles, California.

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  • I believe she is insecure and needy because she is what is considered; jolie-laide, also

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  • We all know Rachel Comey's designs embody the essence of feminine, jolie-laide cool

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  • Chanel has form in pioneering jolie-laide classics.

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  • This makes a nice pun when you try to translate it: she's pretty ugly? She's jolly ugly?

    August 8, 2008