Cosmetics brands are increasingly employing a ‘scientific’ or, perhaps more accurately, a pseudo-scientific discourse in their advertisements to help authenticate a particular product in the global beauty marketplace. These advertisements often create and reinforce a connection between beauty and science. This article explores this current phenomenon through critical linguistic analysis of a corpus of Metropolitan French and British English beauty advertisements from May to September 2011. The article also draws on broader issues relating to the use of pseudo-scientific discourse in cosmetics advertising, including questions of (mis)representation of science, consumer response, gender, and advertising regulation in both French and English contexts.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Études de Stylistique Anglaise|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|