Mary Beard is 57, intelligent, and on our TV screens presenting and sharing her passion for all things Roman.
But it seems that not everyone is happy. Why? Because Mary does not conform to the stereotypical image of the presenters we are used to seeing on screen. It seems that while some appreciate her in depth knowledge of Roman history and culture which Mary so happily shares, others, such as critic AA Gill are keener to criticise Mary’s lack of make-up and use of a personal stylist.
Mary is happy to be appear on screen without artifice, being comfortable in her own skin, and according to an interview given by Mary for the Daily Mail, she is hoping more women like herself will appear alongside her on our screens.
Mary makes the point that she hopes that people appreciate her not for what she looks like, but for what she does. Besides, “Who defines beauty?” Mary asks.
Who defines ‘beauty’?
I , for one, think it’s great to have Mary Beard on our screens, but then I love certain periods in history, and cannot miss David Starkey on TV whenever he offers insights into the Tudors. For me it’s all about the subject matter, and is seems more real when brought to life by people who have both the knowledge and passion for the subject.
So is Mary right to ignore her critics and face the nation without make-up or hair dye showing us all that she is more than comfortable in her own skin? Or as AA Gill suggests, should she be making more of an effort?
Would love your thoughts on this…..
Meet the Romans with Mary Beard is currently on BBC2