As you may know, celebrity websites/channels like Famecrawler get their pictures from photo agencies that make it their business to collect the best shots of Hollywood elite.
Most of the time, the agencies add simple captions to make it easy for reporters to identify the celeb and their location: “Katy Perry signs autographs for fans after her concert in London.” Or: “Tom Cruise takes Suri shopping on Jupiter.”
But sometimes, the captioners can’t resist getting a little dishy, especially if the photogs have captured a celebrity looking less than his or her airbrushed best. That seems to be the case in a new gallery of Sarah Jessica Parker photos. She was seen yesterday leaving the Hollywood restaurant Madeos and getting into a waiting car. The Sex and the City star was wearing a stunning pink dress with matching pumps, a light pink wrap and a complementary Louis Vuitton bag.
The caption? ” ‘Sex and the City’ star Sarah Jessica Parker seen with very wrinkly and veiny hands.”
Gimme a ginormous freakin’ purple polka-dotted BREAK!!
The woman is a highly successful actress (she ranks right up there with Angelina Jolie in terms of net worth), a wife with one of the longer-lasting celebrity marriages (she and Matthew Broderick have been wed 17 years) and a mother of three. She’s a fashionista whose style has been splashed across magazine pages for ages.
But we’re not supposed to care about any of that for now. We’re supposed to grimace and giggle and snark like a bunch of junior-high airheads: Eewwwww! Get a load of those old-lady hands! Gross! Put some gloves on, girl!
Well, let’s just stop it right now. We’re not 12 years old. And we’re not Mean Girls who can’t resist poking fun at every flaw we see. We’re moms. We’re supposed to be nurturing and supportive not only of our children, but of each other as well. We’re supposed to be helping to end the tiresome Mommy Wars, not reaching for fresh ammo.
Yes, SJP has prominent veins on her hands. Guess what? So do I. So do a lot of us. The skin on our hands is thinner than it is on other parts of our bodies, and with age, it grows thinner and allows the veins and bones to show through more clearly. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, just wait. The woman is 47. What do you expect her to have on her hands – Memory Foam?
You know what I see when I look at those hands? Pure beauty. I see hands that have rocked babies through the night, stroked fevered brows and fed spoonfuls of mashed peas. I see hands that clapped when James Wilkie, Marion Loretta and Tabitha Elwell took their first steps. Those hands zip little zippers, pack school lunches, hold small fingers while crossing the street, bandage boo-boos and pin up ponytails.
How many birthday presents have those hands bought and handed out? How many baths have they given? How many spills have they wiped up? How many book pages have they turned? How many times have they steadied bike handles and first-day-of-school nerves? How many little tears have they wiped away – and how many of her own tears will she dab when her children go on their first dates and collect their diplomas?
If anything, we should be applauding Sarah Jessica for resisting the Hollywood-glamor-girl siren call that has lured so many into unnecessary self-improvement measures. She’s said no to nose jobs, Botox and breast implants – why would she waste her time running to a cosmetologist for hand-plumping injections? Even her nails say “mom at work.” No two-inch lacquered talons has she; those hands are ready for a dig in the sandbox or an impromptu cookie-baking session.
And oh, by the way – those hands have also reached out to accept a whole bunch of awards, including two Emmys.
Here are some more pics of those so-called “ugly” hands and the woman who owns and uses them without an ounce of embarrassment.
As you look through the gallery, consider this: What’s more unattractive – the hands of a mother or the people who want the world to ridicule them?
[Photos: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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