"When Jackie applied for Vogue's Prix de Paris prize in 1951, one essay called for her to write about personal grooming. At twenty-one, her opinions were amusingly firm (even though she also smoked and bit her nails). Sure, she would later prefer wax to depilatory creams, and the number of hair-brushing strokes would go down as the complexity of her coif went up. Yet her earnest thesis on feminine upkeep proves remarkable useful even today. an upkeep summary in her own words:
'If you buy decent materials and take care of them (no dirty powder puff, unwashed brush and comb, dried out nail polish), eat and drink sensibly, remember that cleanliness and neatness are what you are working for, and that they can be attained with ten minutes of washing and brushing a day and a little extra time once a week, you should never have to scream in anguish and take an hour to get ready when told that your best beau has arrived unexpectedly and is waiting downstairs.'"