“She really has let herself go, hasn’t she?”
I stopped in my tracks.
For a minute there, I thought they might have been talking about me.
After all…. my butt is much larger than my self esteem....
I turned around to see two middle-aged women enjoying a latte, cake and pouring scorn over a magazine article. About this woman.
Apparently this is what "a brave, naked face" looks like. Clearly they have never seen most of us on a good day then.
Hilary, who is 65 this year and travels all over the world at an exhausting pace as the US Secretary of State, has apparently “let herself go”.
I missed the fuss. I am so out of the loop. It’s apparently been in the press, in all its forms for the past couple of weeks.
Who knew that "letting yourself go" really means wearing your hair loose, a pair of glasses and no eye makeup?
This picture was taken after Hilary had been travelling in Bangladesh for three days straight. Sheesh, if I had done that, I probably would have been wearing a paper bag over my head and my PJs at least.
And here was I thinking that "letting yourself go" meant stacking on 50 pounds of blubber, growing facial hair, drinking gin for breakfast and wearing velour tracksuits day in and out…..
I wonder when society is ever going to accept that 65 should not look like 35? Hilary Clinton is a great looking senior who doesn't need all that war paint to hide behind.
As a former makeup artist I can tell you it's just a tiny bit sad to see women (regardless of the work they have had done on their face) who continue to wear the same makeup they did when they were in their 20s or 30s. Resembling a crumbling statue held together with spac filler and paint is not really the kind of look most of us are intentionally going for.
I wonder if this public ridicule is the reason why more experienced, skilled senior women are not out there doing incredible things in the public sphere? Achievements don't matter but apparently your face really does. The pressure must be enormous for anyone in the public eye not to succumb to plastic surgery. I can just imagine Hilary asking Nancy Pelosi, “Love your face Nance, where can I get one?”
I can understand why younger people are judgemental about ageing. However, what I really would like to know is why are more mature women are so critical of each other's looks? We applaud those who have managed to "maintain" their looks and denigrate those who just want to age the way nature intended. And, then vice verse. We need to stop taking it all so seriously.
And if like me you have to see the funny side in everything, watch this video by the wonderful blogger, comedian and book author Linda Lou – I love her spirit and talent. Ageing is tough and funny but can be oh so liberating. We really should be grateful we got this far....without putting that bag over our heads.