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Funny thing. Today, I was reading Sartre’s play No Exit, and in my edition’s footnotes, came across this snippet culled from his other play, the Condemned of Altona.
Johanna, a former film star, has just been praised for her beauty by her father-in-law.
Johanna. — I’m not beautiful. Is that clear?
Father. — If you’re not, who is?
Johanna. — No one. Everyone’s ugly but disguised. I won’t disguise myself any longer…Do you understand my meaning? People made me a beauty…film by film.
[Jean-Paul Sartre. Huis Clos: Pièce en un acte. Routledge, 1990, p. 102, my translation.]
“Ugly but disguised” is a fine way to put it.