|This is Margie at 61 (and me at 200): Simple, elegant, straightforward, beautiful.|
This quote is from a man who responded to a Facebook post--by a woman, Andrea Pflaumer, writing to an audience of older women. The article (here) explained how Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are "Two divine women. No wild outfits. No heavy make-up or plastic surgery. They simply inspire our admiration and grab our attention because of who they are."
I won't argue with that description at all. And I do believe it is not men who push women toward artificiality, but women's media, which has a huge stake in makeup, cosmetic surgery, clothes and do-dads that create perceptions that rarely border on anything real. It is about money--as is nearly everything. But money can't buy what the best women have, inner beauty.