Bravo, ALLURE magazine, on having a beautiful ~and~ at least only lightly retouched Helen Mirren on your September 2017 issue & The End of Anti-Aging, our call to the industry as the featured story. Michele Lee’s editorial alone is worth the price of the magazine!
Alas, I have three bones to pick with the magazine:
- As great as it is you have someone over 60 on the cover & sporting wrinkles as a fashion look, the tattooed arms wrapped possessively around her are clearly those of a much younger adult. And the photos with the article that were unrelated to the cover shot showed a considerably less natural look. Mixed messaging.
- With some much good news to share about growing significantly upward, your Wellness Report included some glaring gaffes. The double chin disappears? To be replaced by a crepey skin pouch. Your skin looks glowier? The most unintentionally hilarious is “You can save a ton on waxing” because the skin on your legs & arms get lighter – and migrates to your face & other weird places. And sex might get hotter in your 40s & 50s, but what about the years beyond – this is an anti-aging issue but there is no mention of great sex in your 60s & beyond.
- Of all the wonderful quips & quotes in the article, did your REALLY have to showcase in big, bold print – “If people treat me like the age I am, I get absolutely insulted, really cross… No, no, no. I don’t want your seat.”? I don’t even know what that means. My guess is that people would offer her their seat because she’s bloody Helen Mirren. I seriously doubt her age even drifts across their consciousness. In any case, it is not the empowering quote I would have expected you to spot light.
That said, congrats on ditching the term “anti-aging” & for giving your excellent reasons. Congrats on the delightful read on Dame Helen. Congrats on balancing the horror I felt watching Jane Fonda at the Emmy”s – so not aging gracefully or apparently willingly at all – with the gloriously “bring it on” Helen Mirren, who had the guts to show her body in Calendar Girls!