I think my mother could be beautiful, in a different world. Her body is thin beneath the gray robe. She has high cheekbones and long eyelashes, and when she lets her hair down at night, it hangs in waves over her shoulders.
When she's saying her mother could be beautiful, the first thing she points out is her mother's weight. Ugh. I'll bet she's one of those people who only sees beauty in women who weigh 110 pounds or less.