In a culture where women are constantly being marketed to under the premise of “looking younger” (implying that there’s something wrong with looking your age!), and women in the public eye are often shamed for looking over the age of twenty-five, it’s hard not to be impacted by that mindset. More and more anti-aging serums and creams and peels and treatments are gaining popularity, as if we’ve somehow decided that it’s not acceptable for a woman to get older, and we need to spend money and time and effort to stop it. Luckily, more women are speaking out about the issue, and denying the cultural pressure to go to extreme lengths to preserve youthful appearances.
Supermodel Christy Turlington declared that she had no interest in plastic surgery during an interview with E, and we love her reasons why.
She went on to say that it’s not just a personal distaste for the cultural pressure to avoid aging — she also just doesn’t “think it looks good. Maybe I would think differently if I thought it looked good and it didn’t hurt and it didn’t send bad messages to young people. But I’ve never seen someone who I’ve been like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It looks freaky to me.”
We think it’s great that the model, who’s still working and of course still STUNNING as ever, is sticking to her guns on this. While we totally support the choices women make – if plastic surgery is what makes a lady happy, more power to her — we definitely think it’s important for women in Hollywood to make it known that it’s okay to be yourself, and age naturally.
“To my kids I’ll be the mom who barely shaves her legs, who doesn’t color her hair,” she continued. “Being who you are, being your best self, has nothing to do with what you look like.”
We think Christy Turlington is setting a great example for her kids, and for aspiring models — and women in general — everywhere.