It might be a bit rude to start with age here, but you really have to be aware of it: Madonna, the world’s biggest living pop star, is 65 years old. Recently she has been in the media mainly because of two things: confusing TikTok videos and her postponed tour start due to a physical breakdown. Soon voices became loud on the Internet that perhaps she should slowly retire, that maybe it would be enough after all. Then there was a lot of discussion about her face, which people sometimes found edited too much (embarrassing, unrealistic!) and sometimes too little edited (yuck, old!) in photos. It’s no fun for women over 40 who refuse to disappear from the scene as inconspicuously as possible so that viewers are not bothered by their aging process and reminded of their own transience.
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