There’s a famous quote (often attributed to Catherine Deneuve) saying that as women age, we all face a choice: our butt or our face. Basically, if you thin down enough to have the “figure” then your face looks gaunt therefore making you look older. If you choose to keep enough body fat to retain your face’s more youthful roundness then, well, that roundess spreads to other areas.
This is an interesting question for me because for a long time I’ve had a very set image in my mind of what my ideal body would look like. Thin, lots of muscle – think Women’s Health, not Cosmo. Something like this, perhaps:
My goal was always 14-16% bodyfat. (More towards the 16% if I bought an extra large bottle of self-tanner). But today at the gym, I saw a woman whom I am pretty sure was in my target range and she looked… old. She was probably a few years older than I am but while her body was perfectly chisled and slim, her face was gaunt and a little wrinkly. This model pictured here is probably in her late teens/early twenties so she would still have some baby fat in her face. But compare her to Teri Hatcher – a perfect example of what happens to really thin women as they age.
So which will you guys choose? Your face or your figure? Or is there a way to have both?