Unfortunately I disagree with Anonymous, above: I am a non-smoker and have no intention of becoming a smoker…but I have to say that there ARE people who make smoking chic. Are you going to tell me that Audrey H. didn’t look chic smoking her long cigarette holder in “Breakfast at Tiffanys”?! Come on…no one’s endorsing it, we’re just saying there are contexts in which it can look cool. And this is one of them: I don’t think she could be any cooler.
I gave up smoking after 20 years not because I wanted to, but rather out of fear. (Those delicious little hatchets! If I had two mouths, I’d have smoked twice as much!) Now I’m addicted to nicotine gum. How chic is that?! Everything in moderation, including moderation. She looks great.
Let’s not be so bloody moral about EVERYTHING, please. I thought fashion, at least, can be free of this constant ‘what-message-is-it-sending’ worry. And this woman isn’t a model. If your problem is with Sart saying she’s chic, you’re free to disagree, but he has a right to havve his opinion on how it looks regardless of what other people think. A woman who is truly comfortable with herself- as this one looks- could make anything look chic, and if we want to quibble about the smell, I’d like to say that unshowered sweat smells a lot worse than cigarettes, IMO.
All of you who think the cigarette should be an off-limits discussion point are ridiculous. We are all free to agree and disagree on whatever points we want to agree or disagree on. It’s perfectly acceptable for me to not like Sart’s assertion that the cigarette is chic; it’s also perfectly acceptable for any of you to not like my opinion. What ISN’T acceptable is to tell commenters that their opinion shouldn’t be given at all, simply because you don’t agree.