Martha Stewart shows off her “beautiful” skin – and stops anyone wondering how she got it.
On Sunday, the 81-year-old entertainment expert pulled out her camera to snap some selfies during her hair appointment, attributing her beauty to a “pretty dry January” and Pilates workouts.
“Beautiful skin after a generally dry January and Pilates every other day,” Stewart said of the flattering photos, noting that they involved “absolutely no re-imaging.”
Stewart’s post drew many compliments, with one fan commenting, “The Thirst Trap Martha is my favorite Martha.” Another fan called the kitchen queen “a hot mom.”
But the post also drew criticism from those who accused Stewart of creating unrealistic expectations about what aging looks like, especially for those who don’t have his financial resources. “No 81 year old can look like this without lots of money for fillers, Botox etc,” one commenter wrote. “It’s not normal.”
“Do better Martha,” chided another commenter. “Our young girls deserve more from us! You set expectations and examples of what women should look like as they age. It’s both dangerous and damaging to our youth. It’s not a natural beauty at 81 Grow up! It’s weirdly disturbing at your age to describe this. Women stop objectifying themselves and making sexy lips and faces thinking it’s normal. This behavior is for the bedroom, not for social networks.
Seemingly in response to those comments, Stewart then posted another set of “unfiltered” selfies from the salon, insisting that her smooth skin was not the result of a facelift, as some had suggested. Instead, she said it was due to “a big [dermatologists] my whole life,” plus diet, exercise, and Mario Badescu’s “incredible facials.”
“These are the other three selfies I took,” she captioned the second post. “My expression was better in the first one but my skin looks great in all of them. Unfiltered. No lift. Great derms all my life. Currently Dr. Daniel Belkin and Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. Great diet. Great exercise and did I mention amazing @mariobadescu facials for 40 years!”
Speaking to Yahoo Life’s Unapologetically series earlier this month, Stewart stressed the importance of maintaining a “healthy lifestyle” and staying active rather than slowing down as a woman in her 80s.
“It’s about being aware of the things around you and living a good healthy life,” she explained. “And going to Pilates at 6:30 in the morning, which I did this morning. I try to go to Pilates as many times a week as possible.”
Noting that she “never thinks about retiring,” the TV personality made it clear that she wasn’t letting her standards down and refusing to start acting like a “little old lady.”
“I’m not going to start living poorly just because I’m getting older,” she told Yahoo Life. “Once you have lived well, you should always live well.”
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