Two faces-poles apart
As I ponder the greying of my hair and whether I can cope without putting a colour in it . . . I thought about two imagines that appeared in the newspaper last week.
The first imagine below is of Margaret Olley (a painter I profiled last Wednesday) - her face is full of character and life. You can see the wrinkles, the aging skin, the spots - all of which she didn't attempt to remove through surgery or botox or anti aging creams. It really is an extraordinary face. But a face that is no longer consider ok. If you see a wrinkle or crows feet around your eyes you are told "to do something about it". Showing your aging in no longer considered the right thing to do. We (if you believe the media) want to look 20 forever. But what makes Margaret Olley stand out so much is that she looked her age, she was an old woman and didn't want to hide that from anyone (or herself). She has the face that God gave her. She didn't attempt to make it different. It takes a certain amount of courage these days to do this. I wonder in another 20 to 30 years if we will see this type of face walk around?
The second imagine is of Julia Roberts, an American actor who is my age. Wow, if only I could look this good. I never will. Nor does Julie Roberts. This photo has been heavily airbrushed and all her wrinkles (yes, she does have a few) have gone. This is the type of face that many women want when they reach their 40's— the face that women attempt to recreate by using plastic surgery, botox and spending millions of dollars on anti-aging creams. And the tragedy is that we are striving for a face that is only fantasy, as a result we will always be disappointed.
What is really interesting about the imagine below, this ad will not be shown in the United Kingdom as the advertising body have decided that it has been "too airbrushed" and gives women the wrong impression of the product. It will not remove all those wrinkles—don't break the illusion please!
Women are afraid of getting old and “pretending” not to be growing old by keeping their faces as young is possible. You can see this desire to remain young by the clothing that older women now wear, dressing more like their daughters than ever before. Only last night I heard on the news that one of our department stores (I think David Jones) is considering having a Botox store so whilst out shopping, you can stop by and have some wrinkles removed - all part of the shopping experience.
When looking at the two faces, who has the true beauty? God doesn’t want us to focus on outer beauty—outer beauty is only skin deep, it is what is under the skin, in our hearts that is important to God. I struggle with this every morning when I put on my make-up or when I cover up the greying hair. I don't want to get old, I like looking young, but at some point I need to decide - do I want an extraordinary like Margaret Olley that shows my life, or do I want a Julia Roberts face. This is a very difficult question to answer right now.
A lady was once asked the secret of her beautiful complexion. She said, "I use truth for my lips; for my voice, prayer; for my eyes, pity; for my hands, charity; for my figure, uprightness; and for my heart, LOVE." These heavenly cosmetics are worthy of trial, and are supplied free to every applicant at the Throne of Grace. (link)
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30