Beauty Won’t Spare You Heartache, Says Halle Berry

FashionBeauty Won’t Spare You Heartache, Says Halle Berry

Beauty?” ponders gorgeous Berry, who has split from her unfaithful husband Eric Bennet earlier this year – “Let me tell you something – being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory.”

At a press-conference in London promoting her new movie Catwoman, the Oscar winning actress and former Beauty Queen has slammed the growing obsession with plastic surgery and a culture that pushes women to risk their health in pursuit of youth and good looks. “Personally, I’m really saddened by the way women mutilate their faces today in search of that,” she says. “There is this plastic, copycat look evolving and that’s frightening to me. … It’s really insane and I feel sad that’s what society is doing to women.”

Sharon Stone, 46, who portrays a cosmetic mogul in the movie and who claims she has never turned to plastic surgeons herself, gives other angle. “You have to do what makes you feel good,” she says.

This rings a little hollow, considering that both women are multi-millionaires almost entirely owing to their good looks. Certainly, wealthy, beautiful people have to endure many of the same trials and tribulations as the rest of us. Both wealth and beauty can help buy one’s way out of some, though, and can ameliorate the effects of many others.

(via GoogleNews)

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  1. Cathy says:

    It is because of women like Ms. Berry and Sharon Stone, that there is such a demand for plastic surgery. Our young people are force fed, beauty and sex appeal. Berry’s words means nothing.

  2. KipEsquire says:

    Why is it perfectly acceptable to spend money — hell, even to obsess — about clothes, shoes, eyeglass frames, nail polish or which razor shaves closest, but not to want to do something about hairlines, dumbo ears or spare tires? To a large extent the cars we drive, the homes we live in, even our pets, are often “fashion statements” that we acquire in order to make our lives more aesthetically pleasing. Why can’t we want the mirror to function the same way?

  3. bryan says:

    One wonders how much time Berry spends working out to maintain the beauty that is her cross to bear. Of course, she doesn’t turn down the money that media pay her to have her image appear on the covers of magazines and in promotional copy.

  4. Boyd says:

    This reminds me of seeing a bit of Big Brother a few weeks ago. Several of The Beautiful People were sitting around griping about how terrible it is to be attractive.

    “Pompous” was the adjective that came to mind, and I’ll spare you the noun. I feel a little more charitable toward Ms. Berry, but that’s probably because I covet her.

  5. Attila Girl says:

    It’s easy for us to imagine that if we only had enough money, or the right look, or fame, we wouldn’t have any problems. Maybe we’d have different problems. Maybe they’d be worse.

    OTOH, it’s probably very easy for our friends in Hollywood to be insulated from the struggles the rest of us face.

    Berry means well, but there’s something faintly distasteful about the most beautiful women in the world–made wealthy by their looks–lecturing the rest of us on how we ought to be content with our lot. Maybe we should, but they shouldn’t be the ones to tell us so.