Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The beauty of age: Isabella Rossellini
This week I've mostly been obsessing over the Olympics and listening to the radio. Did you know that Bradley Wiggins has been given the freedom of Chorley? Thought not. In other news, today's edition of Woman's Hour was dedicated to feminism and beauty and the pressures women feel about looking a certain way. Young and old called in to discuss their experiences: whether they were influenced by the media, society, or in some cases by their husband's delectation (shocking, I know), whether they'd already had or would consider having surgery, and the like. I was on the verge of phoning in myself but decided not to embarrass myself by getting 'a bit ranty' on national radio. Anyway, it was a brilliant discussion, if you missed the show you can listen to it here. Everything ended on a positive note when a caller named Marie said that her grown-up son and his friends went to see Quantum of Solace and decided they preferred Judi Dench to the young, nubile Bond girls. Now that's what I call the beauty of age.
Which brings me on to the Isabella Rossellini Bulgari ads, shot by Annie Liebowitz (these are for the new Isabella Rossellini bag, much better that an Alexa, don't you think?) The 59-year-old actress is having a moment. In the About Face: Supermodels Then & Now documentary by Timothy Greenfied-Sanders, which was out in the USA this week, she says, ' I was lucky because I started modelling when I was 28-years-old. Now they start so young and there is much more pressure. Modelling taught me to be confident and financially independent. When my daughter (Elettra Wiedermann) started modelling at 20, an agent told her she should get plastic surgery, immediately. I was completely scandalised. I could have killed someone. I made a phone call that was the most ferocious I'd ever made.'
Do you feel under pressure to look a certain way?
Photo: Grazia. Quote: Harper's Bazaar