Friday, August 5, 2011

The Good the Bad and the Beautiful

I think this is great. Jane Fonda. 73. Let's face it we all know some women less than half her age who don't look half as good.

Do diet and exercise matter? Does embracing a healthy lifestyle make a difference?

You tell me.

Good for her, I say. Something to strive for. Old age does not have to mean what it did for our grandparents. Now, it's not all natural and  Fonda has been honest about going under the knife for some things. (Read about it here.) That body, however, is the result of her hard work. 

Unfortunately then, we have this...

This child is ten. The haute couture version of Toddlers and Tiaras. This is one of a series of photos currently appearing in French Vogue. I'm trying to remember what I was doing when I was ten; I'm fairly sure it involved running, jumping, playing will dolls. My Barbie was the only one dressing anywhere near this sophisticated at my house. There are a couple of arguments to be made here. You could say  this is the equivalent of playing dress up. Yes, you could say that but playing dress up generally is done at home and would only be seen by friends or family. These photos are in a magazine. They have the potential to be seen by millions (and actually because of the stir they've created they are sure to be).

Dress up is something girls do to themselves to discover who they are and experiment. Unfortunately what we see in Vogue is a girl who is having something done to her. She is the object of experiment for stylists, photographers, and publicists.


  1. i thought maybe the top photo was of you...

  2. Couldn't agree more. This "Toddlers & Tiaras" thing is frightening. With that type thing as background, what's surprising about great talents who are, nonetheless, "burnt out" & suicidal by 27?