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Ouch! The New York Post Just Insulted Me

kateportraitI don't know about you, but I am a devoted reader of the New York Post. I look forward to downloading it on my iPad every morning and today, as I was sipping my coffee, minding my own business, I came across this article about Kate Middleton and felt completely deflated. The reason? Well, Kate is 31 years old and posed for a portrait and according to the Post, the artist who captured her made her look like a "dowdy" 45 year old woman. And therein lies the rub.

I am not 45 yet, but I am 43 and I do not consider myself or any of my friends "dowdy." I know the Post didn't mean to take aim at 40 something women but with that hurtful insult, they pretty much made it seem like once you hit your 40s, you instantly become a frump. Well, Andy Soltis (the reporter who wrote the story), we now know how you feel about women and aging.

While the portrait of Kate might have shown a few extra lines and her face may have been puffier than usual, that could have been due to the fact that she's pregnant. When I was three months pregnant with my daughter, I remember having to take a photo at the DMV and when my driver's license arrived in the mail, I have to say, I looked "dowdy." I never expected to look that way, but that's mother nature working its magic. In fact, when I had to finally get a new photo for my driver's license last year, I made sure to blow out my hair, perfect my make-up and voila, I looked at least 10 years younger!

So Andy - before you use the word "dowdy" to effectively insult women in their 40's, you might want to think twice about all the gorgeous women who are currently rocking our demo: Jennifer Aniston, Gwenyth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani, Nicole Kidman, Marisa Tomei, Salma Hayek...do you get my point?

And as for Princess Kate -- she looks gorgeous no matter the medium and there's no telling how incredible she will look when she eventually does turn 45. For my fellow 40 something friends, do not despair. We are not frumps, we are fabulous and next time when the Post devotes coverage to Princess Kate, maybe they should assign a female reporter to cover her story.

So what do you think about the royal portrait? And if you're in your forties, do you feel frumpy or fabulous? Personally, I hope it's the latter!

Posted in: Blog, Undercover Mom on 01/12/2013


  • I'm 44 and fabulous, but honestly, I think that portrait is awful. She's a beautiful young woman and I don't know that I have to assign an age to it to agree that she looks a tad frumpy. Get that guy to grab his paint brushes and start over.

  • Holy kick to the gonads, Batman. That guy is just asking for an angry mob of Cross Fitting, butt kicking, smokin' hot forty year old women to show up at his door. Forty year olds, these days, are anything but dowdy for the most part. Maybe before gyms and juicing were invented he could accurately call forty year olds dowdy, but not in 2013. I cannot wait until I'm forty five. My kids will all be grown, I will have time to go to the gym, get my hair done and shop for the expensive jeans that I cannot afford right now. I am going to HOT.

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