I wasn't feeling well today, so I spent some of my time watching TV. What Not to Wear was on and as I watched it, something Carmindy said struck a nerve. She told the young lady she was doing makeup on, "Don't play the compare and despair game."
I know that I am guilty of having done just that. I see models in magazines and actresses on TV that are so beautiful and thin. Fashion models are often under 20 years old, so no wonder they are so pretty and thin! The lovely actresses are mostly young too. Plastic surgery and hair extensions help out too. It is silly for me to compare myself to them! I know a lot of women over 50 who are beautiful because they are so smart, talented, kind, and generous of spirit. Their physical beauty may have faded but that does not mean they are not attractive.
I also received a new fashion magazine today and saw an ad featuring Jennifer Lopez. You could see that her lipstick had been applied to make her lips look larger than what they really are. A picture of Diane Keeton in another ad had obviously been airbrushed. I have seen photos of her that were not retouched and she has wrinkles just like the rest of us! No wonder that some women feel they are lacking when we compare ourselves to images which have been altered to show perfection not reality.
I am so thankful for all the over 50 bloggers who are showing other women that they are not alone and that their worth is not in physical beauty but in their talent, style, honesty, integrity, and generosity.