Carly Simon crooned “You’re So Vain” to an unnamed former lover, but she might as well have been singing to San Francisco. After all, we’re the country’s vainest city – or says The Daily Beast.
“In the age of Botox, the commercialization of everything from eyelash tinting to spray tanning and the continued growth of fad diets and trendy exercise regimens, being ‘perfect’ has never been so attainable nor the pursuit so tempting,” the Beast begins.
The Web-site ranked 20 cities using the following formula: A 25 percent weight for the percentage of residents who belong to a gym (according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association). A 25 percent weight to the percentage whose Body Mass Index puts them in neither the overweight or obese category (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
And a 50 percent weight to the average monthly spending per household on personal care. Think dollars spent at spas, salons, gyms and the cosmetics counter. That information comes from Bundle.com, a database of spending data.
(Yes, that’s right – we won without the cocky assuredness of certain politicians even being a factor!)
Anyway, only 20.4 percent of us belong to a gym. Does that entire 20.4 percent live in the Castro? Exactly half of us are slim. And we spend $111 monthly on highlights, lipstick, bronzer and the like. Boston, New York and Los Angeles are right on our heels. You know, the ones we bought at Saks.