Natural beauty (wrinkles included)

06/07/2012

Lauren Hutton by Craig McDean, 2013
A few weeks ago I met a woman in her late 30s. Her face fascinated me. For the very first time I saw somebody who had things done to such an obvious degree. I was mesmerised. Her forehead, Botoxed to perfection, was so smooth and shiny that I could almost see my own reflection. The eyelashes “grew” in a way similar to teeth of a shark, in several layers. The lips were plumped – what I thought was a cold sore turned out to be collagen.

The face, struggling to produce any emotional outcome, was, in a way, perfect… I’d say, it was similar to something you could see in Tussauds Museum, only their works would have a better finish.

I took my time pretending to talk about nonsense, good enough to distract her, whilst secretly sampling the  surgically made “perfection”. Every element that is often seen as a part of “ideal beauty” was there and yet, the beauty was missing.

It made me think, once again, why so many women voluntarily do it to themselves…

To me, watching my face age is a spellbinding experience. I may not be super ecstatic about every change that happens to it, although I haven’t experienced that many yet, but I do somehow enjoy the process.

I think every woman is naturally very beautiful and do love to observe bare faces and emotions whenever I can. I like wrinkles, I like young peachy skin and I love how it changes with age to become thinner, like a delicate rice paper. I absolutely adore freckles. I think a face without make up is gorgeous. And I like faces that move.

I truly understand that sometimes cosmetic surgery may be required because nature is not always kind to its creations or life throws one in a nasty accident, but I really don’t get it when women happily inject poison (and that’s what Botox really is) or go under the knife in order to allow somebody slice their face or body when, in reality, it is totally unnecessary.

I don’t believe in eternal youth – I think the most glamorous thing is being able to age gracefully, love your wrinkles and don’t give a damn about what the rest of the world is doing to their faces.

Just like Lauren Hutton said in her interview: "Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be." Personally, I’d rather stick with that quote. Kinda makes you feel free, doesn’t it?

Photo source: Lauren Hutton by Craig McDean, 2013

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post! I love wrinkles too. Laugh lines, forehead or eye wrinkles, they are part of you and what you've been through in life. Having cosmetic surgery (when it is not necessary, because like you said, in some cases you just might have to) is like erasing part of your life. It is so beautiful so see a woman who has aged gracefully. I have a photo of Audrey from the last years of her life that I love very much and I was saving it to post in my capturing beauty series. Lauren Hutton: what a lady!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend, my dear!

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  2. Totally agree with you. I don't judge people who undergo plastic surgery, but i have to admit that i don't exactly understand them either.
    I am lucky, i am bout to hit 40 and i have very few wrinkles. But when they do start appearing, i will embrace them whole heartedly.
    Have a happy weekend.

    Red x

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  3. I'm so loving this post and agree with everything you say.

    Only a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a photo online of Princilla Presley. As I don't follow any gossip columns I'm not really keeping up with what's going on, so this is probably old news to some. Anyway, her face is horrible, she looks like an alien or something. It was such a sad sight. I thought to myself: what made that beautiful woman look in the mirror one day and decide that she had to have things done ... and done so badly.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    I've said this before on so many occasions: Here is to ageing gracefully and to wrinkles!

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  4. Dear Natalia, thank you for this post. I completely agree with you on the fact that 'aging' is a completely natural process and there is no way to can fool 'mother nature'. And why should we do it? As you said, there are cases, where esthetic surgery can help people and to be honest, I don't judge women that decide to do it. But it's not my thing. Wrinkles can give so much character to a face...

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