Kristin Scott Thomas: I am becoming invisible like so many middle-aged women.
She is a classically beautiful award-winning actress who starred in some of the biggest British films of the Nineties. But Kristin Scott Thomas fears she will ‘just disappear’ now that she has reached middle age.
And she admits she would consider having cosmetic surgery because she feels like an ‘old ragbag’ next to her younger co-stars.
Miss Scott Thomas, 53, has revealed that she felt ‘invisible’ while surrounded by young actresses at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Voicing the fears of so many women of a certain age, she said: ‘I’m not talking about in a private setting, at a dinner party or anything. But when you’re walking down the street, you get bumped into, people slam doors in your face – they just don’t notice you.
Somehow, you just vanish. It’s a cliché, but men grow in gravitas as they get older, while women just disappear.’
Article from The Daily Mail
Back in 2010, Paulina Prizkova said much the same thing:
Extract from: The New York Post
“Nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman’s ego,” says Paulina Porizkova, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, wife of rock star Ric Ocasek and one of the most recognizable faces of the 1980s.
When you have used your beauty to get around, it’s like having extra cash in your back pocket. I was so used to walking down the street and having the young guys passing by at least give me a flicker of a look. But once you’re over 40, you become invisible. You’re a brick in the building and it’s sad. It just feels like the sun went down a little bit. It got a little cloudy outside.
Three later though and it looks like the sun’s come out again.
I really doubt anyone is going to ignore Kristen and Paulina when they walk down the street, regardless of their fame. I think they were both having bad hair days or something (Paulina’s previous bob was a very ageing on her), when they gave the above interviews.
Yes, I do believe that women can become invisible as they hurtle towards 50, although I also believe it is something we can control – to a certain extent.
Then again, there are some women who should perhaps have left home wearing an invisibility cloak…