This week Americans read these apparently important headlines: Boy Trapped in Flying Saucer, Kanye West is Not Dead and WTF is Up With Lindsay Lohan’s Face? I learned from pop culture this week that subjects such as a celebrity’s face deserve as much coverage as the President’s press conference on health care.
Many “news” Web sites (or tabloid sites and blogs, I should say) wrote articles and produced photo slide shows that compared an older photo to a newer photo of Lindsay Lohan’s face. They questioned her new appearance, simply asking readers, “What happened?” No actual news accompanied this story –she just looked a bit different, so these sites reported that.
The solution is rather simple. She’s older, she wears a lot of make-up -everything from bronzer to a generous amount of eyeliner and eye shadow- and her weight fluctuates. Of course Lohan’s face looks different than it looked when she played the lead in The Parent Trap in 1998.Make-up also changes the way anyone looks, especially when you wear a lot in one photograph and less in another. And here’s news for the web sites covering this “subject”: weight gain and loss affects the face. When Lohan appeared heavier her cheeks were fuller and now in her rail-thin phase, her cheeks are more sullen.
If I took anything away from my mini investigation it would have to be that people look different in photos taken at different times. But doesn’t everybody already know that?