According to Kim Cattrall in a recent interview in the LA Times, where she was discussing her role in her latest film Meet Monica Velour, she felt apprehensive about playing a part which required her to put on 20 lbs and go through much of the film wearing no make-up.
“I didn’t know whether I could do it, because to be that stripped of makeup, clothes, shoes, in Hollywood, you have to be beautiful; you have to be desirable. And that’s why so many woman of my age or even younger are pushed to Botox and plastic surgery, all the things that people say, “Why do women do this?”Where do you go in your 50s in your career?”
Not just actresses feeling pressured to look younger
But it’s not just actresses who are feeling pressured to have botox and plastic surgery in order to further their careers. I have met several women recently who have chosen to have non-surgical treatments (botox and fillers) because they felt they needed to look younger as they were looking for new employment. Personally I am fully in favour of women having such treatments if its something women are doing for themselves- it is worrying though if they feel pressured to go down this route purely to be acceptable to employers. As we are all expected to work longer , at least until we are 66 and possibly later, how realistic is it for women over 50 to conform to a youthful image in order to be marketable in the workplace. Skills, attitude and good health should surely take precedent.
In the case of Kim Cattrall, she went on to say in her interview that by moving outside mainstream films she had found a career, where her experience as an actress in her 50s was valued. The roles Kim had played in theatre and public television had also been more multidimensional and more exciting than the roles offered in her 20s and 30s. Hopefully all women over 50 can find equally rewarding employment later in our careers, where our ability to multi-task and draw upon life experiences will be valued, whether that be in a self- employed capacity , in small to medium sized businesses or even voluntary roles. And hopefully without feeling pressured to be surgically enhanced!