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Fashion: Sole Survivor.

Jul 02 2013


In an interview with U.S. Harper's Bazaar (June/July 2013), original 90's "super model" Christy Turlington discusses, among various subjects, her decision to age naturally (and gracefully). At age 44, she claims to have had no work done and routinely accepts to be photographed with little make-up and no photoshopping.

I find Turlington's decision brave. While aging is not easy for anybody, I would surmise that it must be particularly difficult for someone like Turlington who has spent the better part of her life banking on her youth and beauty for a living. This is what she had to say about it:

"I don't know, I feel like it's getting freakier. Maybe there will be a time when you're an oddball because you're the only one left. I'd rather be the only one, the sole survivor." (p. 217)

The decision to undergo medical interventions to roll back the march of time is a highly personal one for women (and increasingly men). I try hard not to judge but I agree with Turlington that in many instances, it does start to get awfully freaky. Most disconcerting to me is when you're seated across from someone who has had so much Botox that the only reliable social cue to their state of mind (happy, sad, angry) is vocal intonation. Also, is it me or are women of a certain age all starting to look alike?

I don't know what the answer is but I've often wondered to myself if one day, we would all eventually succumb to some form of anti-aging procedure or another by sheer power of peer pressure. It all feels a little too much like Logan's Run to me. Should we start searching for Sanctuary?


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I looked at this picture again, and I noticed that female citizen [of whatever country this "humanitarian" video was being perpetrated in] to the extreme right. I wonder what she thinks of this bizarre tableau she has just stumbled upon

Speaking of "humanitarians" I have been wondering what those Syrian refugees think upon seeing the cadaverous A. Jolie standing before them and expressing sympathy for their plight! She makes them all look like well-fed movie-extras!

I have heard rumours that she has Hep C and is looking for a new liver; wouldn't surprise me if that's exactly why she's there! I am also convinced that Angelina marketed her most recent boob job as a "preventative mastectomy" to buy Brad good press for his movie; someone on the British forum Femalefirst had a whole thread pointing out the discrepancies in the recent claim and using photo evidence to do so, and I have to agree: a fraud is being perpetrated! This is another example of how plastic surgery can be abused.

I have always thought that CT had had her nose "done"; it looks exactly like the weird noses of George Hamilton and Bo Derek, with that funny knob on the end that looks like you could wind string around it and it would stay there!

I don't believe in subjecting oneself to surgery unless there is a HEALTH issue. I have, for example, heard tell of people whose eyelids were so loose and saggy that they actually interfered with their vision; in that case a blepharoplasty is perfectly appropriate. That being said: I have seen some astounding upgrades in people's appearances once they had an ugly NOSE changed. I once met a woman who had a seriously ugly nose...but the body of a MODEL. It was extremely disconcerting to see what looked almost frankensteinish: the face of an old yenta on this startlingly youthful Playboy-model-like body...she had had a boob job; me, I was thinking her money would have been better spent on changing that Jimmy Durante NOSE.

I have no philosophical problem with cosmetic surgery as such. It's just that, more often than not, people look as if they've been chopped up. So if the choice is looking natural (sags, wrinkles, etc.) or looking like you've been in an accident, I'll choose the former.

Ultimately, it's how you feel about yourself. I remember my mother telling me several years ago about her wrinkles. She said she'd "earned" every one of them. I thought that was a rather healthy perspective.

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