Pictures of actress Renee Zellwegger have been doing the rounds in the press and on various social media platforms and apparently people can't believe what they are seeing. "Why does her face look so different?" asks The Telegraph. Her "face is unrecognisable" says The Daily Mail. The assumption is that she has gone under the knife in order to remain as fresh faced and youthful as possible in an industry in which you're expected to remain as fresh faced and youthful as possible! Imagine that. Whether or not Renee has resorted to cosmetic surgery to hold back the hands of time is irrelevant - the pressure to pursue the fountain of youth is real and is keenly felt by most who find themselves in the inescapable glare of the media spotlight.
Julie Roberts is the latest celeb to discuss her feelings on the matter. She has made the momentous decision, and in Hollywood it really is momentous, to grow old gracefully even though she acknowledges that this decision may damage her career.
"By Hollywood standards, I guess I've already taken a big risk in not having had a facelift," she told You Magazine.
But it's not just the rich and famous who feel the mounting pressure to strive for aesthetic perfection. We mortals are equally as susceptible.
My 36th birthday is imminent (15th November in case you want to send me a pressie. Anti-ageing cream please) and as much as I would like to think that as the years go on I will accept a faceful of fine lines and wrinkles and a headful of silvery white hair with a serene resignation the reality is likely to be very different. I'm already acutely aware of deep lines in my forehead (I blame years of sunburn) and a cluster of wrinkles under my eyes when I smile and laugh (I've tried neither smiling nor laughing. I couldn't sustain it for very long) and I have even looked into the cost of certain cosmetic procedures and the best places to get them done. (If push came to shove I just don't think I'd have the nerve).
Now don't get me wrong, Warriors, I have a pretty healthy level of self-esteem, self-worth and confidence and I certainly don't spend hours in front of the mirror bemoaning that which nature has given me. However, I would be lying if I said that I, like the vast majority of women, remain altogether unaffected by societal pressure to look good and to continue looking good as I age. In short, I think that I, in true Warrior style, will attempt to battle the forces of nature with whatever weapons I have in my anti-ageing arsenal!
What about you? And this is a question to both my female and male Warriors because although this post focuses on the pressure felt by women I am aware that it affects both genders.