It's a tempting thought, especially after reading Tish's thought-provoking article: What's Age got to do with it?. Tish talks about a recent edition of the French Elle featuring women of a certain age, in this case over 60. All the women featured, from Charlotte Rampling, 67, to the Academy Award nominee Emannuelle Riva, 86, are stunning and don't hide their ages. However some of them may have had a few tweaks (Jane Fonda?) and Tish says "It's possible too that Photoshop did the tweaking".
So what has brought on these thoughts about Photoshop? The return of my mobile phone today, and the photo that I have just uploaded. I mentioned the purple top that I was wearing and now I can show you that top, however when I looked at the photo my double chin was very much in evidence. Unlike the stars in Elle magazine, I'm showing my age a bit. What if I bought Photoshop and brushed away these signs of age?
As you can see, I decided against this strategy for several reasons.
1. Any friends looking at my blog would immediately think "Sue doesn't look that good, even on her good days!"
2. I checked the cost of Photoshop and the cheapest version seemed to be over £100. For £100 I could buy myself a new summer dress and a bright lipstick, that would make me feel far better than trying to deceive you all
3. My own self-esteem. I'm a great believer in making the most of yourself, no matter what age you are, but touching up a photo to make myself look better is deception. I wouldn't feel good about deliberately trying to hide my age.
So here I am, wrinkles and all, proudly on display!