Kylie horrified by her own face
She’s the owner of an exceptional body (and booty, for that matter) and outrageously luminous skin, but it seems pop star Kylie Minogue actually has a scary face. Or so she says.
In a recent interview with UK ELLE magazine, the Australian-born singer revealed gravity truly has taken over her 44-year-old body. She tells the magazine: “I am not going to lie about this. There are lots of times I look in the mirror and I see that gravity has taken hold. Or suddenly see my face on a phone or on Skype and it’s like a Spielberg special effect and you just scream, ‘Who is that?’”
From where I’m sitting, Ms Minogue still looks as fresh and stunning as she did back in 1987 when I Should be So Lucky hit the charts. Maybe even more so, despite it being 25 years down the track. But her revelations have raised the issue of how women – whether in the public eye or not – approach the ageing process. Is it better to change your clothes, make-up and hair to suit your age – or is dressing and acting youthfully the secret to defying the effects of time?
Even the fresh-faced Kylie admits changing her style now she’s in her 40s. “Sometimes I forget (I am 44) and I think, ‘I must get those hot pants out of retirement’”, she says. “And then some mornings I look in the mirror and I see 94 not 44. That is the reality before the make-up. And midriff tops are definitely out for good.”
But Kylie isn’t the only star in her 40s to reveal her anxieties over getting older. Sarah Jessica Parker, who always looks flawless, highlighted the pressure she feels in a recent interview: "[Ageing] is a real crucible because you feel daunted by your peers who somehow get younger and younger. People older than me have fewer lines than I do. And no, you're not supposed to talk about it; you're supposed to admire the fact that they look 22 even though they're 58."
So, what’s the answer to growing older gracefully? Should women really be feeling the pressure to look ever-younger the older they get?
Maybe Kylie and SJP should remember these words from the forever glamorous Sophia Loren: "There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." Word.
What do you think of Kylie’s ageing revelations? Do you think 44 is too old for hot pants and midriff tops? How do you feel about ageing? Are you embracing it or are you horrified by it?
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