Anyone who watched television in the 1980s and 1990s may recall Justine Bateman, the star of the sitcom Family Ties. She has steadfastly refused to use Botox, dermal fillers, and other methods to seem artificially younger.
My face symbolizes who I am
In a recent interview with 60 Minutes Australia, she emphasized the importance of having confidence in one’s aging process. She enthusiastically shared a body-positive photograph of herself with others. “My face symbolizes who I am,” she told the audience, “and I enjoy it.”
She was correct. Why should humans, particularly stars, spend so much effort attempting to defy nature? According to Justine, growing older is a normal process that must be accepted. She said that she enjoys the fact that she is a different person than she was at age 20. She enjoys observing signs of the aging process in the mirror.
Justine questioned why society has made it a must for older women to attempt to appear younger. She felt so strongly about the matter that she published a book about it. Her second book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin, was recently published. She interviewed approximately 25 men and women on the aging process of women for the book.