Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Rose isn’t a rose

Rose McGowan alarms me. It’s not the goth chick meets Snow White meets bride of Marilyn Manson shtick she’s been perfecting since she broke through in 1996’s “Scream” that disturbs me. It’s her new, unsettling face. Every time I see an actress who was once attractive, striking and/or original succumb to the illusion that is the Hollywood Beauty Standard (note what the initials of those last two words spell out, ahem), I get sad. For reference, see Jennifer Grey pre- and post-nose job.

Rose seems to be another example of body image gone terribly wrong. After “Scream” and “Jawbreaker” made her a MTV-ready starlet, Rose became famous for almost saying “I do” to the anti-Christ and wearing a dress made of leftover thread. But then “Charmed” came along and for several years she was happily employed and looking good -- ever-changing, but good. See: Now Rose is set to make a splash on the big screen again in the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez horror double-feature extravaganza “Grindhouse.” And this, it seems, is where things started to unravel. The film could be the break back in the 33-year-old actress has been looking for since she left TV. So, in preparation, she appear to have lost a considerable amount of weight and gotten a considerable amount of plastic surgery. And the results, well, see for yourself:
Stop the insanity, people. Stop it now. Certainly beauty takes work, but it can also be overworked. And, in some cases, worked to death. Ladies, can we take a stand and agree that the rules of beauty should always follow the philosophy, “First, do no harm.”

10 comments:

Kathy said...

She looks like she's in her 40's. So sad.

Anonymous said...

What do you think she had done? I think a lot of it is a bad haircut, but her eyes do look different, somehow.

Also, I can't figure out - why??? She was so cute.

ravaj said...

oi, kathy
nothing wrong with being in one's 40's!
yes rose looks a bit off in some of those pictures ... but shouldn't we be snarky about the culture that makes women embarrassed to age rather than dissing those who are stapled to the monkey?

Brooke said...

Damn, Kathy beat me to it!
Not that there is *anything* wrong with being in one's forties, except Rose is in her early *thirties*. She was beautiful (and perfectly fine) before. It's as though the surgery was botched somehow. Talk about drinking the Beauty Standard kool-aid. Such a shame.

Anonymous said...

Good Christ!! I think she was really beautiful before,and I don't even want to speak of that nose-op. Jennifer Grey had.That's just so wrong.

vicky said...

There's nothing wrong with looking forty - except when you are actually thirty. She looks horrendous!

Anonymous said...

hey people i don't think she did her plastic surgery on purpose. I read somewhere that in 2007 she was in a horrible car accident and a flap of skin on her face came loose...so she had to get plastic surgery to reconstruct her face. It's so sad because she was so pretty and she does look forty. I love charmed but i don't think I'll ever see Paige the same way.

Anonymous said...

I used to think she was the most beautiful actress on the face of the earth....'til I saw her recently.

So sad. She looks like a cross between Michael Jackson and Teri Hatcher.

Tara said...

ITS CALLED AGING!.... I don't see any plastic surgery. If your going to post something about someone getting plastic surgery at least point out what you think it is. Clearly its aging and weight lose which will make anyone look different. Its clearly not rocket science.

Megs said...

I know this is old, but I've been wasting time on here for hours and I came across this. I just wanted to point out that she WAS in a really bad car accident. She was wearing glasses and one of the lenses sliced into the skin below one of her eyes. She did look SOOO much prettier, but I feel bad since it comes from an injury.