Aging may be based in normal human physiology but how we feel about aging is determined almost entirely by the culture– or in the following case, the sub-culture we inhabit. Consider the following lament.
Well, its official… in 5 days I’m going to be the big 2-0. It feels surreal going from a teenager to a 20 year old. I was telling a friend about my nervousness when she said “Don’t worry Felicia my friend says you look 17, that makes you happy, right?”. I replied with “I didn’t know people really aged much bettween 17-20.” to which she exclaimed “of course they do. Its a HUGE difference. Why do you think Vogue is filled with 14-15 year old girls these days? Facial aging starts real young.” SO I’m kind of freaking out. Excuse how narcissistic this sounds but I do happen to own one of those mirrors that magnify my pores to 2 million percent their actual size. I’ve noticed a few “parentheses” type wrinkles around my nose and lips… noticed some faint “crows feet” lines around my eyes… noticed that I’m just aren’t as “shiney” anymore. My mother and friends think I’ve lost my mind, but my friend really did have a point when she pointed out how young fashion models are these days. So is 20 over the hill for a model? When does facial aging begin?
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