Madonna has always been a bit of a chameleon but perhaps never more so than just lately. At 50 I fully accept that the youthful bloom will have gone from her face – we none of us can hold back the march of time, try as we might – but, as someone who is close to the same age as her, I’ve been saying for years now that she actually needed to pile on a few pounds in order to look better. Perceived wisdom is that as nature has a way of stripping fat from our ageing faces, in order to remain youthful looking we must allow ourselves to gain a little weight for each decade that passes.
As Madonna has aged she has fought hard to keep her svelte figure and good for her, but she has paid the price on her face which in recent years has become sunken-cheeked, bony and, dare I say it, haggard. The overall effect has been to actually make her look (facially) older than she really is.
What a difference a few months can make in the life of a celebrity. Here is a sequence of photos I’ve put together, beginning with last Summer, when she was undoubtedly under considerable strain. (It also has to be said that it’s a brutally honest ‘pap’ photo of the type that makes you realise that she is, after all, human like the rest of us). I think the other two images are in sequence, although you never can tell with celeb photos what was taken when. In the second, to me at least, she looks a good 10-15 years older than her actual age. In the third she’s back to the polished but bony look we’ve become accustomed to.
Then today I came across the photo below. Oh wow. This is so radically different that I actually initially wondered whether it was someone else impersonating her. Has she put on that much needed weight? Or has she had a date with a surgeon and a syringe? If it’s the latter (which I strongly suspect, looking at those ‘Jolie-esque’ lips), then I wish she’d give herself a break and just try eating a bit more for a change. At 50, I think she has earned the right to be a bit kinder to herself.
Madonna – the latest incarnation: