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Uma Thurman





In the firing line

Uma Thurman is the latest celebrity to stand in the firing line for her ‘unrecognisable’ face and ‘suspiciously smooth forehead’. Only a few months ago fellow A-Lister, Renée Zellwegger, became subject to tabloid scrutiny for her so-called ‘changed’ features, and now the Pulp Fiction star receives similar hostility towards her red carpet appearance.

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Speculation

Celebrities undergoing cosmetic work is hardly news, with many movie stars and singers falling victim to sensationalist headlines and public demonisation. However, it seems to be a new trend to not only speculate about this work, but also to condemn these public figures – primarily being women – for ageing, stating that they resemble nothing of their former selves.

Stepping out

Uma Thurman stepped on to the red carpet in New York for the premiere of her new film, The Slap, with subtle, natural-looking makeup, red lips, and slick straight hair. Beyond this classic, simple look, there was not much else that screamed transformation. She’s not wearing heavy eye makeup – so what? I think I speak for most women when I say that mascara really is a game-changer.

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“I’m glad folks think I look different!”

After the influx of comments and guessing as to whether she has undergone cosmetic treatment, Thurman responds in People, saying: “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”

Baffled by headlines

Uma Thurman’s make-up artist, Troy Surratt, also commented on the bizarre headlines, saying: “By now I would have thought that we were all open to and knowledgeable of the role that makeup plays in the world of fashion and particularly celebrity, as a medium for creative self expression […] I think that women should feel open and free to experiment with different beauty looks – it’s only make-up, at the end of the day, it all washes off.”

And really, so long as she is happy in herself and is confident; why should anyone else mind? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of focusing on these women’s looks and hazarding guesses at how much Botox they have had, or whether they’ve had a nip and tuck, we actually focused on what they wish to be judged on: their acting careers and their character.

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