Celebrity airbrushing is causing quite a stir in the age of body-confidence — but actress Monica Bellucci is candidly touting its value.
The brunette beauty expressed her gratitude for Photoshop, declaring “Thank heavens for retouching,” in a interview with AFP.
Bellucci, who at 50 became the oldest Bond Girl ever, told the French news outlet she had learned to accept “seeing [her] face change,” but wouldn’t say no to a little touch up.
She said she was glad publications were airbrushing less than in the past, and that the public have come to enjoy the stars’ little “imperfections.”
But even so, “I say thank heavens for retouching. It’s airbrushing that saves us,” she announced.
The actress, now 52, said that while watching her latest film, Emir Kusturica’s “On the Milky Road,” she noticed “lines around my eyes and everywhere.”
“Ten years ago I didn’t have them. I see how I have changed on screen. That said, I look at myself with compassion,” she added.
“I didn’t say to myself, ‘Oh my God, it’s monstrous!’ No, I think it is charming,” said the mother of two.
“Being seen as a mature woman doesn’t bother me. You have to be like that. Maybe in 10 years I will be monstrous and I might change my mind because I have too many wrinkles.
“But for now, I’m fine about it.”
The former model also defends women who undergo cosmetic surgery.
“When I see mature women who haven’t been redone I don’t say, ‘She should get her face lifted.’ I think to myself, ‘She is very lovely like that.’
“However, when you see someone who has had work and who is beautiful with it, I say to myself, ‘She did the right thing,'” she added.
“You have to do what is good for you,” said the actress, who will next walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
“Plastic surgery is there. If it makes you happy, why not do it?”
Bellucci said she felt “a big change was under way” with retouching and the way we see older women.
But feminists have long disagreed, arguing that airbrushing contributes to low self-esteem by setting impossible standards for women to live up to.
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