As if Goldie Hawn weren't attractive enough, a recent AARP cover, the magazine geared for men and women over the age of 50, took it upon itself to improve on the real thing. I'm posting the cover photo below (click to enlarge), followed by a regular photo taken of Goldie at a celebrity event. If you look closely, you can see that, no, Goldie isn't the magical image of youth AARP tried to portray her as at age 60 and,though she still looks really great in a regular photo, she shows some of those same tell-tale signs of aging we all eventually face, if not already.
My question is this: I could understand a different magazine doing this, but why AARP? This magazine is supposed to celebrate aging, to try to offset the 'youth culture' that still dominates us. If AARP fakes a photo with the thought that 'this is what 60 looks like, ideally', then how are earth is our culture going to come to terms with real life aging? Will they be selling special glasses next, for us to wear to see people young and bouncy as we might wish them to be, not as they are??