Steve Schapiro’s 1969 portrait of Barbra Streisand.
When New Yorker critic Pauline Kael reviewed “Funny
Girl” she said the message of the film, and of Streisand herself, was that
talent is beauty - to which Streisand disagreed.
talent is one beauty. But then there’s beauty!”
she laughed. “I mean, I think that you have to be able to be photogenic.
You have to have some good angles. You have to have a beautiful photographer. I
adored [cinematographer] Harry Stradling and [director] Willy Wyler on my first
film. They made me look beautiful. I couldn’t believe how I looked on the
screen. But no, you can’t be a leading lady unless you look a certain way.”
She laughs recalling that on one of her album covers, “one
guy cut off my bump. And I went, ‘What the hell?’ You know, if I wanted a nose
job I’d go to a doctor, not a retoucher!
“No, I love my bump. I love my bump! I would never let
anyone touch it, because what if it changed the sound of my voice? What if it
hurt? The idea of it was too weird to me. I just always believed in, be who you
are. Embrace who you are. For some reason I was into that.”