Last week there was a dust-up in the media about a photo of Hillary Clinton doing her job as Secretary of State, and she was supposedly not wearing make-up. It’s so refreshing, and I applaud her. She told CNN:
“I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, because you know if I want to wear my glasses I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention.”
It’s true that after a certain age, you just stop fussing with things–the stupid details–minutia– of appearance. Yes, it’s important to look presentable (which she does, of course). When I was in my early twenties, I didn’t wear make-up at all, on principle. Then I sort of fell in line for a while, wearing a little mascara and eye liner. Then as I got older and discovered wrinkles, I discovered foundation. I’m not ready to stop make-up altogether, but I am ready and very able to get angry at the media for making an issue out of this.
The little girl in the cartoon has an early start on getting the big picture. We need to help our kids question these things at an early age, before the women’s magazines and the cosmetics industry get a hold of their brains.