The Daily Mail is among the media outlets most obsessed with the no-makeup “trend”—headlines proclaiming shock over a new barefaced celebrity seem to surface on their website hourly—but unsurprisingly, they’ve also been using it as an opportunity to shamelessly bash female celebrities’ looks; especially the ones who happen to be older than 23. First, there was their embarrassing focus on Hilary Clinton‘s pared-down look (while discussing nuclear weapons); now, they’re bashing Stella McCartneyfor looking “older than her years” without makeup.
In an article that’s typical of the tabloid, the commentary revolves simply around a few photos of the British designer and her husband, caught on the street looking…not super made-up. Which, for plenty of young starlets, has been occasion to celebrate their “natural beauty” and rally in admiration of their confidence, but in her case, doesn’t seem to impress.
One photo caption reads:
Strained: Stella is only 40 but looked much older than her years
And the article describes her look:
…considering she usually looks chic and trendy especially if she is wearing one of her own designs, she looked less than polished in a chunky light blue cardigan and boots.
She was with husband Alasdhair Willis who looked better than his wife, but still ungroomed as he headed across the street.
We have mixed feelings about the whole “no makeup” trend in celebs; it’s practically become the new “baby bump” for female celebswho want to embrace their confidence and “natural” beauty (whatever that is), but the photos are often deceptive and the concept just seems to give women another category of physical appearance for which they’ll be scrutinized–at least insofar as it’s been used to make headlines on pubs like the Daily Mail.