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French Women Don’t Get Facelifts

by Daniel Scheffler
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Saturday Dec 28, 2013
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First there was the bestselling "French Women Don’t Get Fat," a book that surprised the world and made us -- well, some of us -- really believe the French way is just so much better. Now acclaimed writer Mireille Guiliano spawns another gem, the seemingly unstoppable "French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude."

So don’t they? Or is it like the Parisian housewife’s secrets of buying only frozen food from blue misery store Picard and serving it up as little morsels of perfection? Well, plastic surgery can be just as easily hidden, and with less grease and oven time. Then again, there is some serious recovery time post-operation that could be necessary even for the perfect French dame who, of course, is still not fat.

What makes Guiliano so great is her latest book is like extra servings of pain au chocolat, croissant and cronut (well the French version) for good measure, and without the calories. But her lesson, and a valuable one at that, is about the ability to age naturally with both grace and dignity. So even though the ladies of France seem to eat whatever they want, smoke as many cigarettes as they like, down gallons of red wine and indulge in fashion, they seem to age gracefully. This does remind us (just in case we want some entertainment) that Carla Bruni isn’t really French, even if she wants to be. But that ladies like Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Diana Vreeland, and Marion Cotillard definitely are.

So even though the ladies of France seem to eat whatever they want, smoke as many cigarettes as they like, and down gallons of red wine, they seem to age gracefully.

French women, according to Guiliano, are more focused on taking care of their skin, eating well, grooming and putting themselves together well, getting enough exercise (she seems keen on walking) and having relationships (sexual and otherwise). It appears that the payoff is they will look great as they start approaching their latter years. (If you prefer to think of these as golden years, the author is sympathetic even to you.)

"We are not seeing the now us. We often are seeing who we were. Or we are blinded by who we want to be or who we think we are."

"French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude"
Mireille Guiliano
$15.81
Grand Central Life & Style

by Mireille Guiliano

Based between New York and Cape Town, Daniel Scheffler writes about socio political and travel matters and is working on a memoir. Follow him on Twitter @danielscheffler.

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