We like to reward our Hollywood starlets for 'going ugly' and for taking their limited tenure of firm body and uncrevassed faces and slapping on prosthetics to transform into monsters. How brave. How modest. How bold.
Last night I was re-watching "I am Love" a gorgeous Italian movie starring that wonderfully odd bird, Tilda Swinton, known for her angular androgyny and distaste for make-up.
In this movie she plays a matriarch in a wealthy old-money Milanese family. And she is a luminous, fragile beauty, decked out in Jill Sanders. I was blown away by her performance and the fact that she learned to speak Italian (with a Russian accent!) for the film. But what was most radical - more radical than any acknowledged beauty dressing down - was her decision to 'go beautiful'. It's shocking. And so lovely. Take a look at the trailer.