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Maureen
30th March 2009, 12:24
In an article published today in the Daily Mail, Fiona MacRae reports on a U.S. study on ageing, the subjects of which were female identical twins. The study's main conclusion is summed up in the article's title: Forget Madonna's punishing exercise regime...the key to youthful looks is a healthy appetite.


Research shows that being thin is what ages us most, with plump cheeks and soft features making women appear younger.

So strong is the link that the loss of just 10lb in weight - around a dress size - can age a woman by some four years.

Experts said the U.S. study showed that dieting does not always have the desired effects on looks.

Rajiv Grover, secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: 'It's not wrinkles and lines that make people look older, it's changes in the shape of the face.

'People have this thing about being thin. It perhaps gives them a slimmer body but they certainly age in the face more quickly.'

In some cases, this meant that a difference in weight of as little as 10lb added four years to a woman's appearance, the Plastic and Reconstructive Journal reports.
The article is accompanied by a typically sinewy, unattractive photo of Madonna, with a caption suggesting that she eat "a few good meals to plump out her face which could take four years off."

Of course, the conclusions of this "new research" are not new at all to admirers of the Classical ideal. Now, as ever, luscious, plump roundness bespeaks eternal youth. Contrast Madonna with Nigella Lawson: though Nigella is only a year younger, she appears positively girlish beside masculine Madonna. Nigella's winsome self-indulgence keeps her young.

Full article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1165875/Forget-Madonnas-punishing-exercise-regime--key-youthful-looks-healthy-appetite.html)

B. R.
30th March 2009, 22:47
That makes perfect sense! My own wife is seven years older than I am, but she has such a pretty, youthful appearance that no one would ever guess it. And I've noticed the same thing about Nigella Lawson. She's absolutely gorgeous, and I was surprised to learn that she's about 2 or 3 years older than my mother. Really, though, that just makes her beauty all the more impressive. Clearly, the obsession with weight loss, plastic surgery, and yo-yo dieting is not the way to turn back the clock.

I think this adds more weight and meaning to one of the terms used so often on this site: Timeless Beauty.

Christine
4th April 2009, 10:07
My now late mother was a beautiful woman, with gorgeous amber eyes and chestnut hair, and she always looked years younger than she was. If she had been thin, the case would been different.

Luminosa
9th April 2009, 20:29
Aha. This study confirms what I have noticed myself. I have seen many a celebrity endorsing drastic weight loss who looks like a shell of her former pretty self. What the diet proponents fail to mention or acknowledge is that their celebrity spokespersons look much older, even haggard in appearance, after using their products.

I would rather retain my plus-size sensuousness and get compliments on how much younger I look than join the diet-crazed, exercise-driven bandwagon.

HSG
27th July 2009, 08:44
Of course, the conclusions of this "new research" are not new at all to admirers of the Classical ideal. Now, as ever, luscious, plump roundness bespeaks eternal youth. Contrast Madonna with Nigella Lawson: though Nigella is only a year younger, she appears positively girlish beside masculine Madonna. Nigella's winsome self-indulgence keeps her young. Very well put.

This site has long maintained that remaining well-fed and increasing one's curves is a veritable fountain of youth for women. For evidence, one need look no further than to Barbara Brickner's recent test <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=1569" target="_blank">series</a>, which comprises some of the most gorgeous images of her career--the equal of even her best <i>Mode</I> work of a decade ago.

Another example is the French actress Isabelle Adjani. For years, she was heralded as a legendary cinematic beauty, altough even then the anorexia-promoters murmured about her weight. But this year, she finally surrendered to her greed (for all truly beautiful women are greedy--this being one of their most irresistible qualities) and developed womanly curves. And now, at the age of 53--a time when her thinner rivals have become shrivelled, haggard-looking crones--she is more voluptuous, and womanly, and desirable than ever--all thanks to unhindered self-indulgence.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia07.jpg"></center><p>Here she is on the cover of <i>Paris Match</I> earlier this year, in a cover story in which she unapologetically discussed her heavier figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia08a.jpg"></center><p>The extra weight has given Adjani an unmistakable body confidence, as she now flaunts her buxom curves.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia06.jpg"></center><p>She wears her outfits better than any thin woman, even one thirty years her junior, ever could.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia25b.jpg"></center><p>But perhaps the most captivating display of the newfound opulence of her figure took place during the Cannes 2009 red-carpet arrivals.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia11.jpg"></center><p>Adjani arrived in an elegant lace bustier and skit combination that could easily have been worn by Lillian Russell. The bejewelled sumptuousness of the ensemble harmonized with the richness of the actress's figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia03.jpg"></center><p>Not only did the outfit show off her buxom charms,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia22.jpg"></center><p>but the skirt fit snugly around her hips, defining their generous shape.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia04.jpg"></center><p>This was definitely not the usual film-industry waif on the red carpet, but a well-fed woman with a sensual sense of weight to her body. She appeared regal, like a dark queen.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia02.jpg"></center><p>(If only the evil queen in <i>Snow White</i> had known that all she needed to do to remain "the fairest of them all," fairer than her younger rival, was to acquire a more sinfully lush figure.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia19.jpg"></center><p>The fact that Adjani's top was corset-based was unfortunate, and fans can only imagine how soft and full her waist would be, if it were freed of its confinement.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia20.jpg"></center><p>But one has to admit that it effectively showcased her voluptuous contours.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia13.jpg"></center><p>What helped the overall presentation, of course, was Adjani's dramatic posing. Obviously used to the attention of the paparazzi, having spent a whole career being admired for her beauty, the actress created a variety of sensual, feminine expressions.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia09.jpg"></center><p>Consider the languishing look in her eyes, in the following picture. She created a gaze of helplessness and vulnerability that melts the heart, and prompts the viewer to wish to protect her and take care of her.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia01.jpg"></center><p>No underweight woman of her age could ever accomplish such an effect, an effect that is dependent on youthful qualities,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia14.jpg"></center><p>but Adjani's extra weight gives her the captivating softness, the hungry neediness, to enslave any viewer's heart.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia12.jpg"></center><p>Or consider this thrilling image, showing Adjani tossing her magnificent tresses--one of the most irresistibly seductive gestures that any goddess can make. With her long hair, soft facial features, and full bust, she looks like a girl in her 20s.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia05.jpg"></center><p>All of this beauty is thanks to her willingness to surrender to her cravings, and to avail herself of the natural youth-preserver that natural made available to all women. For just as the above article indicates that even the slightest weight loss accelerates aging, so figure-augmentation through self-indulgence prevents it--even turning back the clock and enabling a goddess to look younger than ever.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ia/ia15.jpg"></center><p>How gratifying to encounter an article which admits that <i>"the key to youthful looks is a healthy appetite."</I> Women's insatiable love of food is no accident, but a trait that evolved over countless millennia, as nature developed in the female gender the instincts by which to acquire beauty, and to maintain that beauty for as long as possible.

If only the media acknowledged this timeless truth more often, diet-profiteers would soon be out of business, and women would learn to embrace their natural inclinations, and would recognize the beauty that they attain as a result.

kirsten
27th July 2009, 16:18
It's nice to see Isabelle Adjani again and she looks amazing! She would be perfect for the role of a dark queen in an epic movie.

I'd like to add that in her youth, Adjani starred in a classic vampire film, Werner Herzog's 1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, a film with a rich, Romantic atmosphere. Herzog's film was a remake/tribute to the original Nosferatu (a silent classic by director F.W. Murnau, which is also imbued with the Romantic aesthetic).

Here's the scene in which Jonathan Harker approaches Dracula's castle, set to the Wagner's Rheingold prelude.

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