Impossibly Beautiful

[Part Fourteen in an Ongoing Series. Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen.]

Haven't done one of these in awhile—not that there hasn't been ample opportunity provided at every newsstand in America. Anyway, here's the always-stunning, talented, and witty 45-year-old Vanessa Williams on the cover of May's Ebony, with approximately 15 years, every ounce of character, and most of her humanity airbrushed out of her face.

And here's a candid picture of Vanessa from March 13, looking like an actual human woman:

And here's another:

Horror of horrors!—It appears that at age 45, Ms. Williams has actually had the audacity to acquire some wrinkles! My god, will someone stop this woman?!

What I find so deeply, depressingly sad about the article in Ebony is that she is also pictured with her four lovely children and mother:

…who are referenced on the cover as her "perfect" family and have undoubtedly given her unquantifiable amounts of joy over the years. Yet the very laugh lines caused by that precious and authentic happiness are stolen from her in the pursuit of a counterfeit beauty.

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