I Love Madonna, but I Wish She Would Show Her True Age
At the 2015 Met Gala, Madonna walked the red carpet with glowing, youthful skin. Her forehead was creaseless, under-eyes free of bags, cheeks plump, and smile lines non-existent. Even the skin on her body was taut and devoid of age spots or wrinkles. In my opinion, she looked a lot like Chloë Grace Moretz — who also showed off a dewy, even complexion. Heck, they could pass for sisters! The problem: Madonna is 56, and Chloë is 18.
Seeing this as a 30-year-old woman — who is beginning to deal with aspects of anti-ageing — is horrifying. Madonna is one of the coolest people in Hollywood and a beauty icon, and by wearing this mask, she sets the unattainable standard that woman can age without ever looking any older. The thing is Madonna is over the hill, and without the aid of extreme cosmetic dermatology surgeries and lasers, she wouldn't look like this.
I personally find it to be confusing and intimidating. On one hand, we are told to love ourselves — embrace our flaws, go makeup free, be "natural" beauties. On the flip side, the women we look up to in Tinseltown look anything but that.
After seeing the hit movie The Age of Adaline, in which Blake Lively's character is frozen at 29, I understand why having a direct drinking line to the fountain of youth can be a curse. There's a rite of passage to being part of a generation of women who actually look like someone's mother — or grandmother!
My takeaway from Madonna's red carpet appearance is that yes, she looks fabulous and flawless. But it's time for her to embrace her age — and I promise to love her even more.