Did you ever see Renee Zellwegger, In Bridget Jones’ Diary?
The film was made in 2001, and chronicled the life of the eponymous ditsy blonde girl.
The book was written by Helen Fielding in 1996 – and the passage below is quoted in the film as BJ endures her ‘beauty regimen’
Being a woman is worse than being a farmer – there are so many areas to be cultivated and maintained: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturised, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised. The whole performance is so highly tuned that you only need to neglect it for a few days for the whole thing to go to seed. Sometimes I wonder what I would be like if left to revert to nature – with a full beard and handlebar moustache on each shin, Denis Healey eyebrows, face a graveyard of dead skin cells, spots erupting, long curly fingernails like Struwwelpeter, flabby body flobbering around. Ugh, ugh. Is it any wonder girls have no confidence?
I suspect Ms Zellwegger may have overdone her maintenance of late – on the left, in autumn 2013 – and on the right, this month
I couldn’t see anything wrong with her original face- but it does seem that she’s had ‘work done’. I just find it incredibly sad that women spend fortunes on treatments and surgery in order to feel good about themselves. I realise that in the film industry ‘your face is your fortune’, and many female stars are concerned they will not be offered roles as they age – but nevertheless…
I don’t think that crowsfeet, grey hairs and arthritis have held back these British women very much in their acting careers
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Phyllida Law continue to delight us with their performances, and revel in the wisdom of their years.
Finty Williams [Dench]and Emma Thompson [Law] seem to be following in their mother’s footsteps with a similarly sensible approach to age&stage.
I think that I am with the apostle Peter on this on – he writes in chapter 3 of his epistle
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.