The paps love catching Hollywood celebrities in their off-moments---more specifically, women without their styling teams doing stuff normal people do. As such, cameras caught Sharon Stone lunching with a few pals. And instead of the typical red carpet glamour fans are used to, the "Basic Instinct" actress was barefaced and fancy-free. Needless to say, the story---published on RadarOnline isn't exactly flattering. This isn't the first time a celeb has come under fire for not being her typical sexy self. Is she being unfairly judged?
Conflicting Views of Beauty
It would seem that Stone simply can't win. Just to prove how harsh the media can be another article published on the site just five days earlier suggests that Stone's alleged plastic surgery has ruined her natural good looks. Ironically, 'natural' doesn't seem to be something that Hollywood embraces. For example, Eva Longoria's incredibly airbrushed image on the cover of Amica magazine made fans do a double take. One publication admits that Eva's features have been so tweaked that she looks more like "Desperate Housewives" co-star Teri Hatcher than she does herself. Creative license is par for the course. But in cases like Sharon's, it seems that natural beauty is good, only if fans are fooled into believing celebs have had no cosmetic assistance.
Age-ism and the Land of Make-Believe
The land of make-believe may be fun, but living in it too long gives the public an unrealistic opinion of what "natural" really is. Fans see women wearing "nude" lip-gloss, barely-there eye shadow, and tastefully applied false lashes and assume this is how women wake-up in the morning. This isn't natural. It's just natural looking. Plenty of other celebs (like Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson) step outside sans make-up and are praised for their fresh faces and breezy appeal. Does the world cut them some slack because they happen to be younger? What is Stone (and other stars in their 50s) expected to look like? Are people more critical of the "Total Recall" star because of her age or because of her cougar lifestyle?
Speaking of Cougars...
Sharon Stone has been a sex symbol for many years. She's right up there with Madonna and Cher in terms of "eternal youth." But the world shouldn't forget that people age differently. The Cougar Movement has encouraged the belief that women over 40 must look like they're still in their 20s. Even though mature women are taking better care of themselves and giving their younger counterparts a run for their money, many still don't consider this the norm. It is perhaps not fair to assume that the sultry star was having an off day. Drawing the line in Hollywood between what's real and what's make-believe just might not be a bad thing.
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