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by JennyT (writer), Melbourne Australia, August 30, 2013

A look at myself - my age compared to Air-brushed models

or Mags Models and Moi.

So I just returned from getting new tyres put on my car. A "blokey" (Aussie term for man) atmosphere without a female in sight, at least there was a coffee machine.

I sat down in front of the coffee table in the 'waiting room' with the not so abundant array of magazines ahead of me. The choice admittedly was rather dismal. Yes, 'yee har' there were mags for the boys on tyres, and 4 wheel drives and the like about 5 and 2 mags for the women folk.

Vogue and another glossy high fashion one with Jennifer Anniston on the cover (I remember her) but not the magazine title. I sat with my skirt and T shirt on sipping my machine made latte (taking note this is the 1st warm day we have had since Winter has ceased) so my bare white skin was that of a beacon heralding the arrival of Spring.

Casting my eyes on the pages and flicking through, with stunning photographs (all touched up by the way) of the glamourous models and the expensive haute couture clothing that adorned their silken bronzed bodies. I gazed in awe at how pretty the clothes were and indeed how perfectly unmarked (almost store mannequin) were the models that wore them.

Sadly I looked downwards to my arm holding said magazine and looked at my pale, slightly freckled, corrugated arm that was holding it up. Rearranging my skin so that the corrugation wasn't on full view (even to myself any longer) I continued glancing through the pages.

The meaning of this post? I have lived in this body for 57 years and as much as it sometimes makes me go 'ugh' I have no choice but continue living in it. The models in the mags are all young, stunning, air brushed and haven't had kids.

I am older, bore 2 children and definitely not air-brushed and for gods sake don't get me started on my legs! I just won't look down anymore.

:-)



About the Writer

I am the Author of The Empty Nest- A Mother's Hidden Grief. (EPub) This is available through Lulu and Amazon. The memoir is the story of my life as a mother, with an emphasis on the unspoken grief, which accompanies the process of letting go of one’s children as they grow up. As much as a mother loves her children, she must endure, at many stages of their growth, the pain of losing them. The inevitable “cutting of the ties” culminates when the day arrives for her children to leave home. For many women, this time coincides with profound personal changes of menopause and fiftieth birthdays. My own recent experience of this process prompted me to revisit my life as a mother, and to delve into the journals which I had kept since I was pregnant with my two daughters, some twenty years ago. The journals reveal the learning curves of motherhood and I was able to use this material to form both the chronological backbone of the memoir, and to expose the “heart” of the story in the touching and personal moments that I had recorded. Here are the links if you are interested. http://www.lulu.com/shop/j-m-kadane/the-empty-nest-a-mothers-hidden-grief/ebook/product-20361003.html https://www.amazon.com/author/jmkadane
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By riginal on August 31, 2013 at 06:45 am

Jenny have you seen that ad on tele where that woman of about 35 slouches in with a dismal look and bulging fit to burst. She then tries on a svelte sort of techno reducing corset and suddenly her love handle figure is hour glass and she is surrounded by admiring comments. How vain! What if she is single and wears her 'shaper' 24/7? Gets married and on her wedding night explodes all over her astonished husband and suffocates him to death as a result of a flab fest release! I tried putting a pair of battery starter clamps on the back of my neck to take up my turkey neck slack...jumped into bed,missus wouldn't let me start anything! That's a well worn joke but i ended up with a 360 degree smile! (kidding). That's what i like about men (not that i like men) what you see is what you get...so the belt holding up your hubby's pants has become part of his intestines! Who cares...and neither should you girls. If you are in love love your arse and all the other bits, who wants to go to bed with a stick insect or a drum tight model that sounds like an imploding percussion band when she breathes? On the other hand whatever turns one on i guess. You have a wonderful personality...beauty is only skin creep. And don't those skin creeps tightening womens skin end up the winners? Went to see my Polish father-in-law (94) in a nursing home. Little old lady sidles up and whispers to me,"ow long you been here!" My missus cracked up. Actually was thinking bout smearing myself with horse urine but my missus told me to saddle down and stop galloping all over the place. Cheers Jenny, hang loose, wisdom is beauty personified, skin is only to stop our organs from falling out. I think you summed over 50 up. Funny! We all have to face father time...old models seem to last longer.

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By Shaun Gibson on August 31, 2013 at 09:26 am

I think TV Land and Magazines have a lot to answer for when it comes to "How we are told to look" As you get older you care less, but for young girls/woman some want to be a size 8 and all these airbrushed/fake pictures do harm, as they are false. My partner Dawn was a model for many years, some of her picture don't even look like her, in terms of making things bigger or whatever. This is widespread.

All Woman are beautiful as they are, I seen ugly in woman when Dawn did this, through her friends. Beautiful to look at, ugly inside..

You good Mumz

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By JennyT on September 01, 2013 at 03:55 am

Rig - you cracked me up, especially the battery starter clamps (hmm someone should paton that) ;-) Bless the lovelies in the Nursing Home, though probably not to great for the ego! I shall agree about older models lasting longer, at least I'll run with that theory ... thanks for the smiles and a male's perspective on age, think you blokes need to write a post on it.. ore perhaps you have and I haven't seen it yet.

:-)

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By JennyT on September 01, 2013 at 03:56 am

Ah Shaun yes I agree with what you have written too. Guess I whinge a little more when I have my 'winter coat' on, hopefully now that we have hit Spring - I'll get out and about wrinkles and all and move my butt! :-) Thank you *blush*

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