When I think of beautiful, I don’t just think of young women in their twenties, or men with washboard abs, although I can appreciate that, too. Beauty doesn’t end at some arbitrary age, but follows people throughout their lives even as they grow older. Thinking of Maggie Smith, Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Ian McKellen…they all have a special kind of beauty that only comes with age and life experience.
As I watched the Oscars on Sunday and saw celebrities, like Liza Minnelli (67) and Goldie Hawn (67), it made me sad. Just like Kenny Rogers (75), Joan Rivers (80) and many other people in the spotlight, they have had major surgery in order to look years younger than their actual age. While I respect everyone’s right to make their own decisions, I believe something that can never be recovered has been lost.
Show business is a cut throat world and these stars may not have had the same opportunities without doing everything in their power to look younger. Would Joan Rivers, appearing all of her 80 years, have a successful show reviewing women’s fashion? Probably not.
There is something beautiful about the wrinkles and yes, even age spots, that show the story of our lives. The difficult and joyful times are etched on our faces. I’m certainly not one hundred percent satisfied with my body and some of those lines appearing on my forehead, but they are an honest reflection of who I am and where I’ve been.
I admire all of these people. They have enriched my life, even from a distance. Still, I’m sad that some of the most beautiful people in the world felt the need to remake themselves because they didn’t look good enough.
As I continue to age, I’m looking forward to seeing actors I can relate to, those that have life’s experiences written all over their faces, just like me.