I’m so not here for this super thinly veiled misogynistic critique of a woman aging. People are flabbergasted she looks different than she did in pictures 10 years ago, and comparing her to other stars over the same period as if they’re all in an immortality contest. She is still a beautiful person that shouldn’t be expected to look 29 or so forever
I’m not here for that either.
However, if you look at this and just see someone who has aged then I’m very surprised. Renee barely looks like the same woman, and I suspect it’s less to do with getting older and more to do with getting work done (which is cool as it hers choice and so on but that is an entirely different issue)
But, yeah, pointing out that she looks like an entirely different person isn’t a misogynistic critique. Just sayin’…
I’ve looked and a lot of it is A) she wears different makeup and the contrast in her face is correspondingly different (more apparent in other photos)
B) she’s not as pale (see above)
C) she doesn’t close her eyes as much. Which yes, can be “work.” But to act like that is somehow removed from this - (if it happened at all like… I don’t see anything that could really be definitively “work’ and not “older,” faces really do CHANGE sometimes as people age, that is a part of aging) -seems really questionable. Like do women in Hollywood get work done in their thirties because Hollywood embraces signs of aging? News to me. What part of her face does someone “need to be fired” for? Tell me…
Plus the lighting in the second image is kinda crappy, so I wouldn’t expect her to look the same anyways?
There’s a second interesting tidbit in all that “lesbians are more likely to be fat” business. As it turns out, queer girls (lesbians AND bisexuals) are ALSO more likely to NOT THINK they’re fat, even when their BMI puts them in one of the “overweight” categories. On the flip side, straight girls are more likely to think of themselves as fat even when they’re not. That’s right, “overweight” queer ladies tend to be less critical of their bodies than straight women. Researchers want to call this a problem of self-perception, but I have a different theory. It could be, perhaps, that queer girl culture doesn’t suffer the incessant, unreasonable pressure of the male gaze in the same way that straight girl culture does. After all, if you don’t have to concern yourself with attracting men as romantic partners, it’s considerable more reasonable to not give a fuck about their photoshopped-magazine-and-mainstream-pornography-fueled beauty standards, and you might be less likely to internalize that garbage.
Wish I would’ve gotten to this sooner since it’s late to be posting, but I really love this particular message and the discussion around “being a man” and how it relates to the treatment of women as well as gay men (or anyone else perceived as “less” / equivocated with being undesirably weak)