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What Michelle Obama and other high-profile women have to say about beauty and cosmetic surgery

A while ago someone asked people on twitter how much they were spending on cosmetics per month and I was so shocked by the amounts. The men were obviously spending more than the women and this further proved to me that women are under so much pressure to look fairer, younger and beautiful. The August issue of Destiny features an article on loving your age rather than focussing on every wrinkle on your face. Here are four quotes from four powerful women on beauty.

“It’s very narcissistic to damage your body to look a certain way. But that’s what I did [with anorexia and bulimia] in my late 20s. I’ve had a lot of therapy and been on a self- discovery journey. For me now, beauty is God, not manufactured beauty.” – Beverly Johnson

“We can’t stay young and it’s ridiculous to pretend we can. The reality is that life goes on – tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. To me, it doesn’t make much difference.” – Dame Helen Mirren

“The reason I’ve stayed looking good is that I’ve spent 40 years doing the most intensive stage workouts ever… I don’t abuse myself with sweets, sugar, cakes and fat. I eat healthily. The pleasure of life is dinner.” – Tina Turner

“Women are definitely under a lot of pressure, but I think it’s important to remember that to look good, you have to feel good. I look at my mom at 74 and see how beautiful she looks and how wonderful she is with our daughters and with me and my husband – and I want that for myself when I’m her age.” – Michelle Obama

The article in Destiny goes into depth with various methods to use to embrace your age.

Source: Jane Murphy, “The Botox Backlash: Love your age.” Destiny Magazine, August 2014, Issue 79, pg 106

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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