⟡ Not my proudest moment ⟡
For all the serious things I write about, for all the simple pleasures I extoll, I must admit something to you. It embarrasses me greatly. One of my guilty pleasures is to look at images of celebs not looking their best. The headlines are: Movie stars who are not aging well. Movie stars without makeup. Celebs who look older than their years.
You get the drill.
Am I shallow? Am I a terrible person?
No and no.
All my life I have looked at airbrushed images of movie stars, actors and celebs in all their smooth perfection. They are touched up in magazines. Digitally enhanced on screen. They are cosseted and buffed by masseurs, facialists, makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion stylists, photographers, photo retouchers. They always have good lighting. They have nutritionists, personal chefs and trainers. They have a fortune to spend on the best clothes but really, they don’t spend much because designers give or lend their clothes to them.
Their body is their business.
The ravages of age escape no one. Everyone suffers from the loss of their youthful looks. It’s good to see that they can and do look like normal people.
All my life, I have judged and criticized my appearance based on the impossible standards set by the press, the magazines, the movie stars and models, the film and fashion industries.
Since I have never identified with or traded on my youthful appearance, I do not feel its loss as keenly as these celebs. When your whole identity is based on your looks, aging is the leveler.
I don’t look at these pictures for revenge. I just see them as… levelers.
And that’s just fine with me. Meow!
What about you? Any thoughts about impossible standards of beauty, definitions of beauty? Aging? How about sharing your guilty pleasure or two, below.
P.S. Remember the advertisement, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?”
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