Ellen Barkin is embracing her age, and to prove it, the 60-year-old (you read that right) actress forgoes all airbrushing for Violet Grey‘s online magazine,
The Violet Files
. And no tricks of the lighting here either: the star gets up close and personal with the camera.
Even more impressive? Barkin sat for a super-short pixie cut on set with celeb-loved Hollywood stylist Serge Normant. She’s had a short coif for aw while, but she went for a true pixie to send a message: “As women age, they start hiding their faces more with their hair. So the bangs get longer and you see like this much of their face. I am taking everything off of my face, and I am going to say: This is what it looks like, nothing is hidden, you can see my forehead, my jawline, my neck, this is it. And ladies, it’s not so bad.”
In the black-and-white photos, the star chomps down on a burger, poses with young male models and dons a robe and towel for a series of very intimate shots, all of which are completely true to life.
“I feel strongly about retouching,” she says in her interview. “I looked at those pictures, and I knew they expected, like, seven ‘Xes’ to come back on the bags under my eyes or the lines around my mouth or my neck but I thought we could do something special here. Those pictures with the dark circles under my eyes are exactly what I look like.”
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