Can you believe I resemble the highest-ranking military officer in Ukraine? I must say, my forehead is quite attractive. – Adrian Chiles
About 15 years ago, a colleague from Australia advised me to consider getting Botox. At the time, I was focused on advancing my career as a TV host and she believed that a certain aspect of my appearance could potentially hinder my progress. She pointed out the frown line on my forehead and suggested that it could become more noticeable if left untreated. Her delivery was neutral and I did not take any offense.
One thing she was right about was that things have gotten worse. At the time when I was in my forties, the line on my forehead had only deepened slightly. However, as time passed, it became a deep crevice and then a canyon. When I turned 50, the canyon became like a tunnel as the sides closed up. Now, at almost 57 years old, the canyon is so deep that I need to physically pull back my forehead or be very surprised to see any daylight. In order to clean it thoroughly, I have to use a small toothbrush. It’s surprising what can be found in there.
I found the recent study from Humboldt University of Berlin on the perception of wrinkles to be intriguing. According to the research, individuals with wrinkles are often deemed less agreeable and reliable compared to those with smoother skin. This superficial standard is disheartening. I am curious about their opinion on my forehead furrows.
Someone close to me mentioned that I bear a striking resemblance to the tumultuous Ukrainian leader Valerii Zaluzhnyi, likely due to our shared round Slavic facial features and forehead wrinkles. However, I am not offended by this comparison. Upon comparing my forehead creases to his, I noticed that mine are more aesthetically pleasing. His forehead lines are peculiar, as they consist of two shorter lines that appear as if they were meant to meet but ended up off-center. In contrast, my deeper frown line may be more distracting, but it is at least symmetrical.
I have always avoided using Botox, but if Zaluzhnyi is interested in trying it, then I am willing to as well.
Adrian Chiles is a journalist, author, and contributor to The Guardian.
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