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Jennifer Garner Shows Why Being Healthy and Happy is True Beauty
Wed, 8 August 2012 10:15AM
Look at Jennifer Garner, pictured here yesterday at the premiere of The Odd Life of Timothy Green:
Doesn’t she look … well, healthy is the best word I can think of. Beautiful, stunning, gorgeous, lovely, etc, of course. But most of all healthy. And happy, too.
Ms Garner has always been a looker, true, but something about this photo made me do a double-take. I couldn’t quite put my finger at first on what was different about her, so I delved back a few years into the Getty archives and found this shot of her:
Seriously good looking, yes. But also very sleek and angular. And that’s when it hit me: Jennifer now looks so great – well, extra-great – because she seems to have put on a little weight. In a good way. And understandably – seeing as the actress has birthed three children already, the latest being only early this year. So of course, she’s more than allowed to fluctuate weight-wise. But at 40 (can you believe it? I want to be Jennifer when I grow up!), she seems to have settled into a beautifully balanced weight for her.
You see, there’s this phenomenon in beauty known as ‘butt or face’. You probably have heard the phrase. It was super-chic Parisienne Catherine Deneuve who apparently first claimed that there comes a time in life when you have to choose between having a tight taut body, or a plump dewy face. You can’t have both. Because having what your grandmother would probably call a ‘healthy’ weight (read: not a size-zero bum) means you also have a little more flesh on your face, and this in turns means that lines and wrinkles are literally plumped up and filled out.
Just think about how some super-skinny celebs have incredibly dry- and lined-looking faces (*cough, Rachel Zoe, cough*). I don’t mean to sound harsh – I am all for the sisterhood – but ain’t it the truth?
So the trick, if you want to face ageing as effectively as possible, is to allow yourself to go up a size in your J Brands. Kind of depressing, Primpettes, yes, but c’est la vie, as Mme Deneuve would probably say.
The bright side, of course, is the eating bit. But before you go out and order Maccas for lunch, keep in mind that you need to eat well – vegetables, olive oil, salmon, avocado, nuts, lentils, dark chocolate and the like – to ensure your skin will take on that dewy Garner-like glow. Also, you only want to be a couple of kilos max over your healthy weight (you know: the weight you remain steady at when you are not dieting, but when you are eating and exercising well). Otherwise, excess facial weight can apparently end up as a saggy weight later in life. Boy this ageing business is tricky, huh?
What think, Primpettes? Are you team butt or team face?
Posted by: Katrina Lawrence