The "fountain of youth"

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Posted by HSG on January 25, 2005 at 05:23:19:

In Reply to: Re: Barbara Brickner: Immortal Goddess posted by M. Lopez on January 19, 2005 at 18:18:59:

Avoiding starvation and weight loss is a kind of fountain of youth. This is common folk wisdom that was passed down from one generation to the next, for centuries, and was only forgotten in recent decades.

When you stop to think about it, every aspect of the timeless ideal of feminine beauty, as embodied by models like Barbara, is meant to preserve the attractions of a goddess, without diminishment, indefinitely.

Lillian Russell was as gorgeous entering 40 as she was in her teens, because she allowed herself to remain full-figured. This gave her skin a soft, radiant, youthful smoothness that made her the envy of actresses half her age. (Also, by staying out of the sun, she prevented any premature . . . dessication.)

By contrast, nothing ages most women more drastically than weight loss, which gives the facial features a drawn, gaunt look. This premature "maturing" prompts many women to purchase all manners of products in an effort to combat the aging process that their own self-inflicted deprivation has caused--or worse, to insert artificial matter into their bodies, which only results in their looking . . . artificial.

But Barbara looks as naturally youthful today as she did in her first Mode images. If anything, the lovely image below shows her with a cute, almost girlish quality that one would think predated her Mode work.

It's no secret, and no miracle. It is the natural result of an adherence to timeless principles of beauty, which favour a normal appetite over self-denial, and natural means of retaining beauty over artificial ones.

Barbara in the springtime of youth (at Lands' End):

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