“He is my closest friend in the world and I couldn’t imagine not being there to support him.”
Have you ever had a mini-panic moment, when you looked around and wondered if you were only person not having work done to their face? I recently attended a fashion festival and was immediately struck by the plethora of super-shiny, unlined faces around me.
Was everyone else lining up to get Botox aside from me? I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that – if that’s what blows your hair back, do it I say. But how did this become the norm in certain sections of the community? And is it a societal faux pas for a woman like me to be in her 40s and – gasp – leaving her house without a trace of injectibles? Is it now so commonplace to get Botox – an alleged safe and effective anti-wrinkle treatment – that we’ve lost sight of what it actually is? Why is it now commonplace to pay top dollar for poison – aka Botulinum toxin – to be injected into our faces, to plump out our wrinkles and make us appear less like ourselves?
No longer just for TV types and A-list celebrities, Botox is positively mainstream: it celebrated its 13th anniversary this April after being approved for the treatment of lines between the eyebrows in April 2002. And nowadays, the number of people who get it continues to rise; by 2018, the global market is forecast to hit $2.9billion.
I’ve previously written several features about the rise and rise of the plastic fantastic Botox age, which even saw me get my face jabbed full of injectibles once in the name of journalistic research. I have to say – I didn’t hate the results – and this is what scared me about it. I could see how easily you could become addicted to Botox – it’s a totally weird, yet wondrous thing to see lines on your forehead erased, if you ask me. And, being on a newspaper journalist salary at the time – you’re never going to earn a millionaire’s wage – I had better things to spend my money on, like say food, running my car, a mortgage, books, travel and shoes (always, the shoes).
Besides which, I had some ethical and moral misgivings about Botox – is it so wrong for a woman to let nature take its course? Did I want to come one of those super-vain types who can’t let themselves age gracefully? Would I really want to erase all those – dare I say it – lovely laughter lines that give our faces such beautiful life and character? And did I want my children to not be able to play with mummy’s face – eyebrows/frowning games amuse them no end – and not know when I was truly happy, sad, or angry? Thankfully, my husband would also kill me if I ever touched my face – not that it’s up to him – but I imagine life would be so much harder if your significant other was constantly begging you to get work done, as is the case with some heinous men I’ve heard of.
Some of my closest friends and numerous acquaintances have succumbed to the pressure to get Botox and it makes me a little sad and disappointed every time I witness someone’s newly frozen-face. I know and understand that if Botox makes women feel better about themselves, I have no right to judge. But for me at least, a more natural beauty is what I aspire to. Mind you, I’m constantly told I have very youthful skin for my age so I have my mum’s good genes to thank for that, for she too looks a lot younger than she actually is.
I foresee that the dangerous vanity of Botox – the never-ending search for the fountain of youth – will be a horrid conversation I’ll have to have with my daughters, in time, and I’m already dreading it. How do you explain it? I want to raise two proud feminists who constantly question society’s determination of what constitutes beauty, just as I do: that it’s far from OK for male (and female) plastic surgeons to decree that a woman’s smile/laughter lines and those fabulous crinkly bits around your eyes are unattractive – ugly, even.
And then, there are the safety concerns: do you really know what Botox is doing to your face, long-term? Is it really safe to get done at parties? And what if the nurse/doctor/surgeon who does your Botox has a bad day and makes a mistake?
While it’s fair to say the number of Hollywood celebrities who Botox the f*** out of themselves far outweighs those who haven’t had the jab, it’s refreshing to find in my research that some brave big names in the entertainment biz are still allegedly refusing to adopt the frozen-face trend. Among them are Salma Hayek; our “own” Cate Blanchett; Gwyneth Paltrow; Angelina Jolie; Jennifer Aniston; Tina Fey; Lady Gaga; Kate Winslet (pictured above); Sofia Vergara and Julia Roberts (pictured below).
Pretty cool, huh? I mean, it can’t be easy for A-list female celebrities to be bucking the trend in such a sexist, misogynistic industry as Hollywood. I adore luminous beauty, actor Kate Winslet for one – and love her even more after I found this delicious, feisty quote: “It [Botox] goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty. I will never give in.”
Here, the last word must go to the the ever-wonderful Julia Roberts who recently said of Botox: “It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates… Your face tells a story… And it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”
What do you think? Are you all for or against getting Botox?
Images via generationnext.com.au, medicaldaily.com, sheknows.com, popsugar.com.au
Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll have released the name of their 17-day-old son…and in true celebrity style, let’s just say it’s a little out there.
The couple have named their baby boy Bear, but sadly he will not be known as Bear Rocknroll, instead Bear Winslet as he is taking the actress’ last name.
Bear was born on 7th December and joins older brother Joe Alfie, 10, and sister Mia Honey 13, from Winslet’s previous marriages.
Meanwhile in other celebrity baby news, Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman have named their son, born on 22nd December, Kaius Jagger Berman, and will call him Kai.
What do you think of both celebrity baby names?
Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy!
The 38-year-old actress and her newborn are “doing great” after giving birth in Sussex on Saturday, and the couple are “thrilled to bits,” said her spokesperson.
No name has been released yet, but he most likely has ‘Rocknroll’ as his last name!
This is Winslet’s third child and the first for her husband. The baby joins Mia, 13, and Joe, nine, from Kate’s first two marriages (first to Jim Threapleton, then to film director Sam Mendes).
Rocknroll, 35, is Richard Branson’s nephew, and works on Virgin’s space-travel branch.
Congratulations to the happy family!
Kylie Minogue: Family matters
Happily ever after?Kylie spoke candidly on her dreams of settling down when interviewed by Michael Parkinson recently. The 35-year-old pop singer said becoming a mum would be “the best thing I’ve ever done”, but was concerned that she might have left her run too late. Kylie’s parents, Ron and Carol, have been happily married for 37 years, something the singer both admires, and envies “They’re just the best example for me. And it slightly pains me to think that I will never have that, my chance for that has already gone.” Here’s hoping you get what you wish for Kyles.
Not unfaithful?Billy Bob says he didn’t cheat
Billy Bob Thornton swears he didn’t cheat on Angelina Jolie. Apparently there is no substance to the claims of infidelity that have been cited as the cause of their breakup. He told GQ magazine that “that was the rumor but that was never it.” The couple were known internationally for their outrageous expressions of affection which stretched from mutual tattoos to his and hers vials of blood. Thornton says the marriage broke down because of conflict over the ways they wanted to live their lives. Billy Bob revealed that he prefers a quiet, stay at home kinda life, whereas Jolie travels frequently, especially with her role as UN ambassador. It seems the pair were both traumatised by the break up, with Angelina reporting last year that she would never marry again.
Kate falls for JimWinslet in kitchen sink drama with Carrey
Titanic star Kate Winslet has fainted at the sight of fellow actor Jim Carrey! Winslet was filming a scene with the rubber-faced funny man in her new film, bizarrely titled, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind when she felt faint. The scene, filmed in an oversized kitchen sink became so hot after three hours of non-stop filming, that the actress began to feel lightheaded and soon swooned. “I had a bit of a momentary blackout, which was quite funny in hindsight,” she told reporters recently in Los Angeles. The quirky film centres are around Carrey, who plays Joel, an uptight, jilted lover trying to have flaky ex-girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) erased from his memory.
Gorgeous GeorgeGeorge ‘too good to be true’ Clooney
George Clooney will reportedly earn an astonishing 54 million dollars for Ocean’s 12, the sequel to, you guessed it, Ocean’s 11. But rumour has it, he’ll only keep a cool 18 mill. The rest will be used to fund his next film project the controversial Syrina, based on a book called See No Evil. The book is a memoir of former CIA officer Robert Bauer who claims that meddling by White House and Pentagon pen pushers sealed the fates of the thousands who died in the 9/11 tragedy in September 2001. How can George, the gorgeous humanitarian and talented actor still be single??
Titanic endeavour for Kate Winslet
Titanic star Kate Winslet and her new husband, American Beauty director Sam Mendes, are expecting their first baby in January, according to reports out of London. “They are both delighted with the pregnancy,” said Chloe Dunbar of Premiere PR in London, which represents Mendes. Winslet has a 3-year-old daughter Mia from her previous marriage to director Jim Threapleton. The glamorous couple wed in secret in a romantic garden wedding in early May this year, and by all accounts knew they were in the family way before the ceremony in the Caribbean. Dunbar said the happy couple were currently on vacation in Italy.
Sean Connery ? accent the pits!
According to a poll by UK movie magazine Empire, Oscar-winner Sean Connery has been named the actor with the worst film accent of all time. Edinburgh-born Connery may have won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe in 1988 for his performance as Irish cop Jim Malone in the 1987 film The Untouchables, but movie experts agreed his accent was the pits. “Whether he’s a Russian sub captain (The Hunt for Red October) or even an English king (First Knight and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), always that baritone Highland burr remains,” one critic said in the magazine’s August edition.
Say what? The worst on screen accents revealed?
Others notable mentions went Heather Graham for her would-be British accent as a prostitute in Jack the Ripper flick From Hell; Julia Roberts for another dodgy attempt at a British accent in Mary Reillyand, surprisingly, the queen of accents,Meryl Streep, got the thumbs down for her bash at a Danish accent in Out of Africa. The still-luscious Brad Pitt got a no-confidence vote for his attempted Austrian-accented in Seven Years in Tibet, but actually redeemed himself with a stunningly good ?Pikey? accent in the cult film Snatch, where he played a bare fist Gypsy boxer. Aye!
Madonna and Tony Blair ? pen pals?
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie(Snatch), have written to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair complaining that a planned walkway just 100 yards from their country mansion in Wiltshire, southern England, would allow curious sightseers and paparazzi to get up close and personal with their young family at home. Blair is obviously a Madonna fan as the couple has won their battle. The Countryside Agency said the singer was among hundreds of local residents who filled out a comment sheet about proposed changes to walkways in the area, and that the Material One was not solely responsible for the path plans being scrapped.