What disturbed me was the woman with the mass of red hair and no makeup.
I saw this photo in the entertainment section of the weekend Sydney Morning Herald. It headed an article about Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue. The woman is Grace Coddington. She is a former model who started at Vogue magazine the same day as Wintour and is now her number two.
What shocked me? Do I even have to say? It was this old hag. To see an old woman in the entertainment section of the newspaper. An old woman who obviously has money and has not had surgery nor is wearing makeup.
Then it excited me. Grace Coddington is obviously a woman of courage and great self esteem. Imagine having the guts to look like that when your life is in the fashion world. Next to her, Anna Wintour looks 20 years younger. But she isn't. Grace Coddington has the courage to look her age. It is a radical statement in this time and culture.
And really, she looks kind of cool.