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Rae Knudson

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Connection to Illinois: Knudson lives in Chicago.

Biography: Rae Nudson is a writer specializing in nonfiction essays and reported features on beauty, fashion, and pop culture. Her work has appeared in Esquire, The Cut, Hazlitt, Topic, Medium, Paste Magazine, The Week, The Billfold, and Real Life, among others. She has bachelors degrees in journalism and history, with a specialization in American history, from the University of Missouri.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

ll Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian
ISBN: 0807059684 OCLC: 1235906125

Beacon Press 2021

Examines how people use makeup as a strategy and a coping mechanism to get by in a world not made for them--