By Sonia Verma
People magazine just named Sandra Bullock the most beautiful woman of the year. The Oscar- and Golden Globe winner is a gifted actor, not your typical huge-eyed, tiny-nosed Disney beauty, and is going to turn 51 this summer.
This SHOULD be fantastic, a big deal, a sign that society and Hollywood and the prevailing brain trust is starting to accept that women older than your average babysitter are attractive. Look at us, putting a REAL woman—and someone who doesn’t have to show her ID to drink—on our cover!
But hey, they airbrushed her all the way back to 1994. And the story about her is likely sandwiched between insightful commentary on celebs’ miraculously taut post-baby bodies and a shame piece on how we won't recognize (fill in celeb name) now that she's put on 5 lbs.
Scroll up: momstown is about REAL moms. Connected. We've seen each other with pregnant cankles and spit-up in your hair. We've seen how you pick up your kid and your two bodies unconsciously mould together for an effortlessly comfy carry. We've seen how your eyes sparkle when your kid does something ridiculous.
So we say:
Nice try, People, but if you want to celebrate real women and real beauty, here’s how it’s done:
1. Speaking of magazine covers: Today’s Parent partnered with the 4th Trimester Bodies Project to create a kick-ass, gorgeous May cover story on women and their post-partum bodies.
Whether you like the look your after-baby body or not, it represents something amazing, and it has proved itself worthy of respect.
These are real women and real bodies and above all, real BEAUTY. Every woman featured radiates love, and confidence—if not always in their bodies (because having a picture taken in your unders is not easy for anyone, post-partum or not), then in their mom-ness. Every one carries her child with the comfortable assurance of someone whose body is used to moulding itself comfortingly around this special little person's.
So yeah: Confidence and love. If you can think of one thing more attractive than that combination, I’d like to hear it.
2. And if we’re talking Hollywood: Comedian Amy Schumer hooks up with the dream team of Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for a hilarious, frank, and cleverly brutal look at how Tinsel Town treats women Of A Certain Age.
Warning: The dialogue is brilliant. But if you have the sound turned on, it's absolutely not safe for work.[video:https://youtu.be/XPpsI8mWKmg width:400 autoplay:0]