The big news this week was that the once amazingly hot Christie Brinkley has done another Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at the ripe old age of 63. To put that in perspective her first feature in the magazine was in 1979. Here is one of the photos that has Brinkley posing with her two daughters.
Now it’s not enough to make Christie my new celebrity free pass, (although the fact that she can apparently walk on water might prove interesting), but still – 63? Hawt damn, girl. There’s letting yourself go, there’s looking after yourself, and then there’s Christie Brinkley.
But then I noticed something about the photograph. And it got me thinking. And so I went a-searching and I came up with some photos of another woman of almost exactly the same age, (she’s 64). Here is a photo of the glorious Isabella Rossellini in her prime.
And here is how she looks today in another publicity shot.
Now there are certainly many factors at play here in the difference between these two women in their advancing years, but I want to talk about just one factor. And that factor is their hair. Have another look at the photo of Brinkley. Long, flowing, cascading and beautiful hair. Hair that would take a lot of work to look like that every day. Now look at Rosselini’s hair. Her hair is functional. She does not have to worry about it. She can get on with doing other things each day instead of fussing over her hair.
I have noticed with women who get to around the age of 40 that a great number of them choose to go the functional hair route. Northern European women such as the Germans and the Dutch are particularly prone to this behavior. To put it plainly, they can’t be bothered making an effort to look feminine anymore.
Now very beautiful women can look stunning with very short hair. In fact, I consider it to be a litmus test for beauty. If she looks great with a buzz cut then she is very beautiful indeed. But a woman with short hair can only look beautiful in spite of her short hair not because of it.
There is no excuse to give up on making an effort, both for yourself as a feminine woman, and by extension for your man. But femininity is a dirty word these days and women have been brainwashed into believing that men should just love them for who they are and not how they look.
Well, shoulda, coulda, woulda. We love you for how you look first and who you are second. That’s just the way it is. I find it hilarious when women of a certain age moan and complain that “there just aren’t any decent men out there” whilst sporting haircuts that would do a meeting of the Freemasons proud. If you can’t be bothered with making an effort to look feminine then don’t be surprised when us men can’t be bothered paying you any attention.
Christie Brinkley should not be an inspiration for women of a certain age – she should be an example for them. Make an effort, girls. Because it counts. If a woman can’t be bothered making an effort to look good then what message is she sending to a potential suitor? If she won’t make the effort for herself then she sure as hell isn’t going to make the effort for you.