Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fountain of Youth?

The standards for youth and beauty have become impossibly high in our culture.  Last night I caught a glimpse of one of those insipid "TV news magazine" shows that pretend they have the inside scoop on all the stars.  The twenty-something reporters spent several minutes expressing their horror over some bad photos of Suzanne Somers -- probably the first bad pix she has ever taken. 

She really didn't look too bad according to normal standards, but her face was a little puffy.  A cosmetic surgeon speculated that she had received too many injections  of fat in her quest to look young.  Why would she do such a thing?  Well, she is touring the country hawking a book about how to maintain a youthful appearance...so, she is probably under a lot of the normal pressures of traveling, late nights schmoozing, and being an old lady.  What?  Old lady?  Yes!  The poor thing is 64 years old!  Old enough to be a great-grandma!  But Hollywood demands that she always look her best -- no, much better than that.  They demand that she look 20...forever!  I have news for them -- she can't do it.  Our bodies -- since the fall of man -- run down.  You can push it off a bit, with makeup and hair dye, but eventually there comes an end to how much you can fool people.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears
the LORD is to be praised.  Proverbs 31:30

Why can't we value age and wisdom?  I think I will be more comfortable following the beauty secrets of a Betty White...look like a grandma, act like a grandma, and laugh a lot.

1 comment:

  1. I love Betty White and always wanted to age *just* like her when I was younger. I think because she didn't look bitter, or disappointed.
    Aren't we glad that no one is posting photos of us in our 'bad' moments!!