A Charmed Life


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what it feels like for a girl… in this world

“If tomorrow women woke up and decided they liked their bodies, many industries would go out of business” (Dr Gail Dines). I read this outside a cafe this morning and it made me pause for thought. I smiled as I imagined no more waxing, no more covering up grey hair, no more make up… the easy life… if only…

Alas, we don’t live in that world, we live in a world in which the media denigrates the Duchess of Cambridge for having grey hair. Shame on her for aging, doesn’t she know we like our princesses perfect! Perfect! Now there’s a word. What does it even mean? The idea of a perfect woman changes like the wind. I think it must be very hard to be a young woman today, trying to cope with all the social pressures that exist. At nearly forty, I do think about the aging process and I do consider what goes into my body, how much I exercise, and of course how I look; but I much prefer being older because with age comes an acceptance about who I am and I don’t feel the need to rush out to buy this season’s fashion trends and I am happy to be seen with no makeup on and the greys, well they can stay until I can be bothered to find the time to go to the hairdresser. I champion the Duchess for being brave to be herself in public. I can only hope she doesn’t bow to pressure and feel the need to change herself for anyone other than herself (and maybe her family).

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