Helena Bonham Carter isn't one of the actresses who lives in fear of her wrinkles, so the July cover of British Vogue was a bit out of character. Posing for the magazine's "Ageless Style" issue, the forty-seven year old actress looks more like a teenage porcelain doll than a flesh-and-blood adult human. Not that it was her choice to wield the retouching scalpel with the subtlety of a lawnmower.
British Vogue's Ageless Style issue is supposed to celebrate the multi-generational icons of beauty, but it appears that some of the markers of Bonham's age have been erased.
Vogue has not yet responded to retouching accusations, but the blogosphere has.
Doesn't "Ageless Style" mean we can be hip, beautiful, and chic at any stage of our lives? By stripping at least a couple of decades off this talented and stunning mother of two, the message is that, by whatever means necessary, we should strive to appear as young as possible-preferably teenaged.
The fashion industry has made some progress lately by banning the use of runway models who appear to suffer from an eating disorder or those who are under sixteen, and a few magazines have featured plus size models on their covers. Normal aging, however, is treated like a nasty and communicable disease. "Does My Wardrobe Show My Age?" frets one of the issue's cover stories. "Facing the Years: A Fashion Genius Goes in Search of a Beauty Solution" proclaims another with the seriousness of a scientist on a quest for a cancer cure. Year after year, the rest of us ineluctably grow older; it's time the fashion world grew up, too.