Fair Point: Why do women think it’s better to look strange rather than old?

Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia Newton-John.
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Who IS this woman? She looks vaguely familiar. Could it be some cable TV newsreader, or an actress from a fading American TV series, perhaps?

Bit of both. Plus a smidgeon of... OMG, would you believe, it’s ONJ.

Her delicate bone structure and cupid lips have gone all bouncy castle. Likely, she’s had a few too many inflatables - quick-fix, injectable procedures that plump cheeks and lips back to where they used to be. Women of a certain age - my age - are scrambling for them. Sagginess goes, crevices are filled and you get to see your jawline again and throw a Just The One Chin party (so I’m told).

Only, there’s a fine line (or wrinkle) between a subtle little freshen-up and a full-blown pneumatic pump-up and it looks like the latter for the woman we used to call Olivia Neutron Bomb after her transformation from simpering Sandra D to sexual hurricane Sandy in spray-on black pedal-pushers for the final scene in Grease.

Now, all credit where it’s due; Olivia is 64 and still has a figure youthful enough to flaunt tight leather trousers. But facially, she looks like a youthful someone else entirely.

She’s hopelessly devoted to something. And what’s doubly tragic is ordinary women want to emulate her.

A poll by fashion website MyCelebrityFashion reveals women would most like to follow in the footsteps of Demi Moore or Olivia Newton-John when it comes to ageing gracefully.

Heaven help us. One looks great but is in meltdown, the other is psychologically sound but looks like someone melted her down and remodelled her.

Tellingly, women polled were aged 25 to 30 - the generation society is making appearance an obsession for and who think fake looks better than natural. One in eight of them said they were already worrying about ageing.

How sad is that? What will they look like by the time they get to 50?

Now, let me guess... Each other.