Mr. Valentino Squeaks...
Written: 24th Mar 2007 | Last Updated: 25th Mar 2007
A quote attributed to fashion designer Valentino in today's West Australian lift-out TV magazine: “I hate to see a woman who looks 16 from behind and 60 when she turns around.” Oh, poor fellow...what a SHOCK...what suffering!
Mr. Valentino, I appreciate that you live in an unreal world of beauty and privilege, but the truth of the matter is, most normal women publicly show their age on faces, necks and hands (and not on their backsides) because they wear clothing (something you'd know a bit about). If they paraded about au naturel, their true ages would be immediately apparent from almost every angle, and most certainly from behind. In a delicious quirk of irony, it's simply the modesty of fashion itself that prevents them from warning you!
I despair when celebrities/socialites who inhabit rarefied air (and in Mr. Valentino’s case, an atmosphere where taut, fawning and wealthy clients circle like Lear jets) begin to complain about the shortcomings of poor plebeians. C’mon, Val, get hip...view the world with less judgmental eyes! Don’t arrogantly assume that a woman who is fit enough to look 16 from behind DESIRES or NEEDS surgery to fix the front. Most women are quite happy aging, taking Nature’s journey without buying into the faux promises of surgical intervention.
Fit-looking women of a certain age tend to be remarkably comfortable in their own skin – even if it is wrinkled. To me, that’s very modern, very chic.