As you’ve probably read, Farrah Fawcett has terminal cancer and isn’t doing well. While Fawcett and those around her are praying for a miracle, it’s likely she’ll pass away soon. But what photo of her will they use for her obituary: something glamorous or less so? The one of her posing in a red swimsuit is her most famous, but it doesn’t exactly seem appropriate.
According to a study of obituaries in the Plain Dealer, the number of “age-inaccurate” photos accompanying obituaries has more than doubled since the late 1960s. In 1967, about 17 percent of obituary photographs in the paper showed the deceased at least 15 years younger than they were when they died. In 1997, it was 36 percent. Keith Anderson, an assistant professor of social work at Ohio State University said the results reflect society’s views on aging and appearance: “Our findings suggest that we were less accepting of aging in the 1990s than we were back in the ’60s.”
Yep, we’re all afraid of getting old. When someone dies, you don’t want to think of them at their worst. Instead, you want to remember the good old days. It’s likely that this is even more true of Hollywood stars, especially those who are most well-known for work they did earlier in their lives. [LiveScience] Keep reading »
Forget eye creams, wrinkle creams, Botox, and cosmetic surgery because Ageless Fantasy perfume will erase eight years from your age. Certain scents, according to the company, remind people of youth. In a study cited by Ageless Fantasy, people were shown photographs of models while smelling grapefruits. All the male participants guessed the models to be three to eight years younger. The fragrance combines mango, pomegranate, grapefruit, jasmine, and musk because the company’s research found that 15 men thought these fruit smells were youthful, whereas the jasmine and musk smelled modern. In case you need further proof that people can smell your age, a study of only 22 people showed that women over 40 produce twice the amount of a particular pheromone associated with age. Is it just me or does all this “proof” sound bogus? Keep reading »
The Harvard Women’s Health Watch reports that dermal fillers are becoming more popular for women looking to erase wrinkles. Is it just me, or did we know that collagen and Restylane were popular a few years ago? What’s really news (ha) is that some celebs are using other methods to prevent wrinkles and keep their bodies youthful and fit. Victoria Beckham has been using a $110 “natural Botox” face cream, in addition to following a low carb diet to prevent her skin from sagging and eating nuts and seeds to help her skin glow. And Madonna’s sick figure is the product of hard work. “There’s no easy way,” she told British Elle. “If you want to know how I look like I do, it’s diet and exercise and constantly being careful.” I think I’d rather eat an ice cream Snickers. [Medical News Today, AHN, and PopSugar] Keep reading »