|Mirror, mirror, on the wall. . . who’s the fairest one of all?|
Last week (The “Psychologies” of Beauty) I told you about the articles in Psycholgies magazine that examined what we see in the mirror — whether we’re happy, disappointed, mildly pleased, hopeful, content. . .
This week, I thought you might enjoy reading about what a few Frenchwomen have to say on the subject. What exactly do they see when they gaze into their mirrors? The magazine devoted some 24 pages to the examination of the rather complex topic.
Briefly then, this is what a few of the women — some of whom you know — had to say about their reflections. . .
Sophie Marceau, 46, actress: “I often look at myself in mirrors, but they never give me a ‘response’.”
Youcef Nabi, 43, President of Lancome: “For me, a mirror has several functions. For example, after a vacation it shows me that I look well and rested. A few months later, that same mirror may tell me it’s time for another vacation.
“. . . I avoid comparing myself to others, comparison is impossible for me and for them. That’s part of the principle I try to use when choosing women to [personify] Lancome. I choose women with a certain singularity and personality.”
Inna Modja, 29, singer: “My relationship with my mirror is quite zen. I use it to talk to myself in the morning. . . about my plans for the day. I do not depend upon my reflection or the regard of others. I admit I’m rather indulgent with myself.”
Eva Darlan, 64, actress and author: “My mirror does not reflect my verity. It only reflects my appearance. With bad lighting I look like I’m 185-years-old, with good, frontal lighting I’m magnificent and all is well. . .
“Really, we’re so much better than we think we are. We should stop looking at ourselves. I say that, but I could never do it.”
|Ines de la Fressange.|
Ines de la Fressange, 55, model, author: “It’s taken me a lifetime to understand that it’s up to us to decide what we wish to see in a mirror. We really can’t count on a mirror to tell us the truth, because the image reflected back is the reverse of our faces. I start the day smiling, not necessarily knowing why, the reasons come later. The decline of my eyesight provides a certain kindness.”
Ed. Note: I’ve been nearsighted since seventh grade. When I was younger it was annoying, now it’s like built-in photo shop when I look in the mirror. I wouldn’t dream of putting on my glasses to confront my reflection.