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  • The French term jolie laide translates to "pretty ugly," and refers to the striking beauty found in what would conventionally be deemed unattractive.

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  • Everyone in the cast is outstanding, especially Katy Stephens, whose Rosalind is a sexy, no-nonsense jolie laide , and Forbes Masson, who plays the melancholy Jaques as a haunted wanderer with red-rimmed eyes and desperate mien.

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  • The charming actress, who some have affectionately referred to as "jolie laide" ( "ugly beautiful") is consistently bashed for her looks by men.

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

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  • Women shi yingguo dianshitai laide," We're from BBC television, we'd like to talk to some of the patients who were injured today. . ."

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  • (Sometimes a jolie laide bag will take off while a lovely purse languishes.)

    Carried Away

  • Gretchen Egolf, who plays Gilda, the object of the slightly scrambled affections of Leo (Robert Sella) and Otto (Tom Story), is a gawky, sparkling jolie laide who dominates every scene in which she appears.

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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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  • The french term, that was first described as ‘pretty ugly’ and then described in much better detail by Elisa, is ‘jolie laide’.

    Review: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

  • The often-battered faces of experienced rugby players, Ms. Clifton says, have the charm of what fashion watchers refer to as jolie laide, or "beautiful ugliness."

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