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“Is that you, Uma Thurman?”, “Has Uma Thurman had work done?”, “Has Uma pulled a Renee on us?”, “Uma Thurman unrecognisable at premier.”, “What has happened to Uma Thurman’s face?”
Why? Whhhyyyyy do we care??? Because I’ve gotta be honest – I don’t! I don’t care! So what if someone somewhere on this huge planet of ours has decided to do something different with their face? Why does that matter? How does that impact our lives?? Why am I writing about the same thing again??
In case you missed it, it seems that actress Uma Thurman has attended a premiere wearing substantially less eye makeup than she ordinarily does. The world went into frenzy mode for a good 12 hours I’d say. It was trending on Facebook and Twitter. Inane post after inane post after inane post.
Isn’t it a little sick and twisted that, time after time, Thurman has stepped out with multiple products slathered on her face layer after layer and we don’t bat an eyelid, but when she wears less makeup and probably looks more like how she would look naturally (as in: THE FACE SHE WAS BORN WITH, HEAVEN FORBID), all hell breaks loose and people are saying they can barely recognise her?
This is a classic example that shows us just how deeply this appearance-obsessed culture runs within our society. Wearing makeup, changing the way you look, perfecting your face, covering flaws and accentuating other features, is expected of women by society in general – I’m not just talking celebrities, here, though they certainly get the brunt of it. What they experience from the media has filtered down to all women, everywhere. This message that you must put on a mask before you step out that door.
And now it’s got to the point where we can claim to barely recognise someone WITHOUT their makeup on. How sad is that? So I say good on Uma Thurman. Good on her for doing what she wanted to do. Some people are speculating (OF COURSE) that she has had plastic surgery because her forehead was “suspiciously smooth” and she didn’t smile. I’m leaning more towards it being due to a simple lack of eye makeup, but if it turns out she has had surgery, that’s her choice. Why she, or anyone, would feel that would be the right choice to make is the issue we should be focusing on. The constant, immense pressure bearing down on women to look flawless and avoid aging (on a related note, have you seen this?) is leading some to take what I would say are pretty drastic measures (i.e. going under the knife) to achieve what is a virtually impossible goal set by society. Let’s examine that issue instead, please.
What do you think about it all?