Last week, Pamela Anderson attended Paris Fashion Week. That’s all I know about Fashion Week. That’s one more thing than I wanted to know about fashion week.
OMG the onslaught of social media chatter that ensued was disheartening. Former supermodel Paulina Porizkov posted about it on her instagram. Her caption starts off with “this is what self acceptance looks like.” Umm, excuse me? I follow Paulina and I’m certain her intention was kind and loving, but the caption took me aback – not because of what she said, but because I understood exactly what she meant. We should both be ashamed.
I don’t think Pamela was running late for the event, so that in her haste she started to do her hair and makeup and then just said, “ahh fuck it, I’m late. What you see is what you get.” I actually think Pamela is wearing makeup and that her look was intentional as any of us walking out the door to go somewhere more interesting than the supermarket. I think people freaked out not because Pamela “isn’t wearing makeup”, but because Pamela decided not to wear the costume we’re accustomed to seeing her in.
Dear, dear Pamela, you’re not living up to the public’s expectation of you. You’re just rocking you – a person most of us don’t know and are not entitled to the privilege of knowing.
If we hadn’t watched her sex tape, maybe the conversation would be about how she was glowing, not about the quantity of makeup or speculation about botox and facelifts. 3,299 comments were left on Paulina’s post about Pamela. The mean spirited banter between women supporting, not supporting, judging, excusing, celebrating was sad. Any support felt like backhanded compliments. The criticism rivaled any middle school mean girl gang.
Do you want to talk about how people look? Or are there other things you’d rather know about?
We’re stepping up our writing on The Midlife Blog. What do you go googling for? What research can we do for you to help you live your next best chapter? What do you want to hear us chat about on The Midlife Podcast? Hit reply and let us know. Seriously. Go check your search history and lay it on us.
These thoughts originally appeared in our newsletter to subscribers. If you want a thoughtful, insightful, sometimes funny, sometimes snarky nibble from us on the week’s we get around to it. Please subscribe below. xo
This is the spot where we write something clever so you sign up for our awesome emails.
Join our email list for deals, trusted recommendations, blog and podcast updates. NO spam. We don’t like getting it and we don’t have time to write it.
Hey there! 😊 We want to be transparent with you – when you click on some of the links on our website, we may earn a small commission. This doesn’t cost you anything extra and helps us keep providing valuable content and services. We genuinely appreciate your support, and rest assured that we only recommend products or services we believe in. Your trust means the world to us! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. Thank you for being a part of our community.