Maggie Gyllenhaal was on the cover of Good Housekeeping magazine, posing with her pal, Emma Thompson.
Both look great: Dewy, happy, serene. Sure, it’s natural as can be for friends like this to pose on a magazine cover, posing as “Maggie Gyllenhaal and her pal Emma Thompson.” Beneath them, see the large heading “Why We Need Best Friends.”
Awwww. Adorable Maggie, nominated for an Academy Award last time around. Remember, that’s for her role in “Crazy Heart” when she became the girlfriend of Jeff Bridges. Sure, he is old enough to be her father, but hey! That’s Hollywood, right?
And how delightful that she and Emma are such good friends now. I’m a huge fan of Emma’s, too. Or was. Here’s a hint about what’s wrong with the delightful photo of gal pals Emma and Maggie.
Last movie where I saw Emma Thompson, she had the courage and humility to play NannyMcPhee. This hideous old thing was a fabulous, wise governess who grew progressively less hideous as the children became less inwardly monstrous.
By the end of “Nanny McPhee,” she looked like the actress herself. Which bears shockingly little resemblance to her current role as a sidekick to Gyllenhaal. Use this Real Emma photo link to open up this photo and enlarge it at will.
Note: Over time, links can go bad. And legally I don’t have the rights to show celebrity photos, so I can’t display them here other than providing links. But you can easily go over to Google, type in the person’s name and the blog post date, then search on images. Click on a good image, preferably current with the time of the reading here at this blog.
Thompson was born in 1959, which makes her 51 years old. Thompson has done a lot during those 51 years, as an actor, a screenwriter, a comedienne, and an active supporter of Greenpeace.
Gyllenhaal has done a lot since 1977, when she was born. Yes, she is 31. And don’t most women her age long to make bosom buddies with women old enough to be “Mom”? Think of “Friends,” the iconic TV show about 30-somethings. Can’t you see every one of those guys and gals with the fantastic hair and the fashionably anorexic bodies, every one of them desperate to make a new buddy 20 years older?
Hey, think of reality.
Reality, where it is perfectly okay for a 31-year-old woman to make friends with somebody her own age, not hook up with Daddy. (Here’s a Jeff and Maggie as cute couple link for publicizing their movie.) (And check out this body language. Could her pelvis pull away from his at a sharper angle than in this picture? And do you blame her?)
Reality, where a man like Jeff Bridges, who was born in 1949, might actually prefer to cuddle up next to — and have an adult conversation with — somebody his own age, which is 61.
Plenty of men his age have grandchildren by now. In fact, you could even meet some guys who started way early and now have a grandchild the age of adorable Maggie.
In American society today, even in Hollywood, it is considered perfectly okay for Mr. Bridges to keep his own face. Check it out in detail, via this Wow, an authentic face photo link.
What is wrong when we take for granted that age is something to hide, and that women ought to be “scrubbed clean” surgically? What is wrong when we plasticize so many of our public women over 30?
Face Reading, the 5,000-year-old art of reading faces for characters, tells us that something is very wrong. At least you’ll find this in my system of physiognomy, because I don’t find a lot of other professional physiognomists speaking out about the surgical and injectable mutliations now favored in American society.
And, no, I don’t call the kind of surgery Thompson has undergone “cosmetic” surgery. (Because why call it “cosmetic surgery” as if physical mutilation were like a cream you pour out of a bottle to even out your skin tone?)
It isn’t even “plastic” surgery. The best name for it is “vanity” surgery. Yep, vanity surgery, the new cosmetic in the new millennium. Vanity surgery, where it isn’t enough to have “washboard abs.” Women now must strive to possess a washboard forehead.
Or must we?
Face Reading Versus Vanity Surgery
Face Reading is based on the concept that faces have meaning and value. There’s a reciprocal relationship between the inner face and the soul.
I’ve explored this connection professionally at great length, most notably in a book that I worked on for 9 1/2 years, Wrinkles Are God’s Makeup: How You Can Find Meaning in Your Evolving Face. An entire chapter is devoted to vanity surgery.
In that chapter, you’ll find predictions about the kinds of diseases and psychological problems we can expect as consumers line up to become guinea pigs in humanity’s big science experiment to look like one’s own child.
Blog-Buddy and Face Reader Marilyn recently mailed me a link to a new article in Science News magazine. It’s the first research I have seen so far to examine the relationship between vanity surgery procedures and a deadening of the soul. In this study, subjects were asked to read sentences, one batch about happy situations, the other about situations that evoked sadness or anger.
Before receiving Botox, subjects read both sets of sentences at the same pace. They were timed. Post-Botox, subjects took extra long to read the negative sentences.
Granted, the time involved was a matter of tiny seconds. But the implications are a rather large matter of humanity.
I can almost imagine the Barbie-like brains of these research subjects going, “Sad? Not beautiful like me? Whatever???”
A Face Reading Secret About Vanity Surgery and Botox
Do I mean to suggest that Emma Thompson has lost her humanity? Or course not. She’s still an exceptionally talented performer, artist, and writer in a highly competitive field. I don’t mean to criticize her but to caution us all.
The day we don’t look twice but accept that a human face is like Play Doh, the day we think, “Sure, Emma is 31 now, just like Maggie. Why shouldn’t they be great pals and peers?” That’s the day we collectively sign off on much of our humanity.
And the day we expect people to plasticize themselves out of “self-respect” or “good grooming” would represent a new low in collective consciousness.
Of course, who is to say that Maggie hasn’t had plenty of surgical tinkering already?
Okay, I promised you something juicy, part of my system of Face Reading Secrets®. Here’s the summary: Notice when someone’s left eye has a very different shape on the lower half, when compared to that person’s right eye.
See that Face Reading Data?
Of course, you must cross over to see someone’s left eye, as you’re not looking in the mirror. It’s like how you cross over to shake hands, correct?
Take a good look at Emma Thompson’s left and right eyes, the lower half, what I call “The Wariness Index.” You can see it even better in this See Emma before her over-the-top vanity surgery link. On a scale from 1-10, both eyes are at 10.
Now check out this faux-casual publicity shot for Good Housekeeping Magazine. Check out the lower eyelid curve on the “sisterly” duo of Emma and Maggie.
- Maggie: Wariness Index, Right Eye: 6
- Maggie: Wariness Index, Left Eye: 1
- Emma: Wariness Index, Right Eye: 10
- Emma: Wariness Index, Left Eye: 1
Is there anything wrong with having both eyes with the Wariness Index at 1? Of course not. My system of Face Reading Secrets® is based on the premise “God don’t make no junk,” and I mean it.
For this face reading data, the corresponding talent is having great loyalty to proven friends. The potential challenge is shyness or judgment or just plain hiding… around strangers.
But to go from 10 to 1, post vanity surgery… or to naturally develop a spread like Maggie’s 6:1 between one eye and the other? That isn’t so good. It suggests a public openness backed up by a well-hidden inner retreat.
And that, of course, is what anyone gets by agreeing to turn a perfectly human face into plastic.