Let’s talk: what’s with all the girl-on-girl hating?

Last week I read an article in the Daily Mail – where else? – that bashed Kate Moss for not looking as good at 37 as she did at 17. Well, duh, there’s an irreversible process in life called ageing which defies anyone to look as they good as they did 20 years ago.

It is, quite frankly, a stupid article, made up of unrepresentative images of her throughout the past 20 years that are supposed to show “the wear and tear of her notorious lifestyle”.

What it actually shows is the Daily Mail‘s tendency to make news out of absolute nonsense. Comparing images of a 17-year-old fresh-faced Kate in one of her first shoots for Brides magazine in 1991 to a grainy pap shot of Moss pulling an awkward face mid-conversation just this year is hardly fair game.

“Looking 37 going on 47″ says the caption, alongside more ridiculous statements of similar sentiment like “If her eyes look weary, it may be because she’s still partying”.

Try “if her eyes look weary, it’s because we caught a photo of her mid-blink. The flash bulbs have a tendency to do that”. But we suppose that’s not juicy enough.

Note that at no point does the Daily Mail include pictures of Kate Moss‘s latest Longchamp campaigns, or her most recent ads for Dior Addict lipsticks, to compare against two magazine shoots from her first modelling years. Funny, that.

The pièce de résistance? These final words:

How she is dressed on the big day will be a surprise, but one thing is certain: she’ll be almost unrecognisable from the fresh-faced 17-year-old that she was 20 years ago when she posed in that early shoot for Brides magazine.

One of the world’s most famous supermodels, unrecognisable? The 3rd highest paid supermodel of 2010, unrecognisable? The ultimate super style icon, unrecognisable? You catch my drift.

Did you not see her hitting the runway in Louis Vuitton’s AW11 show, Daily Mail? Oh, yes, you did, and you criticised her for having cellulite.

Seriously, what is with all this female bashing? Why can’t we celebrate our girls growing old with grace without resisting the urge to point out every crease around the crow’s eye?

Sure, Kate’s had her years of partying, and yeah, she’s got a few wrinkles – but she’s nearly 40. Anyone trying to suggest she hasn’t still got it at 37 is, in my book, bonkers. Most women I know would kill to look like Kate, and I’m one of them.

Today there’s a new article on the Daily Mail‘s website about Christina Aguilera’s cellulite. I’m fast losing patience.

[Daily Mail]

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