For most women over age 19, the Christie Brinkley thing boils down to this: Does the fact that one of the world's most beautiful women can't find a decent guy (four times) mean that the rest of us are even more doomed? I.e., iflove eludes a swimsuit issue cover girl, what can the rest of us nonblond, brownie-eating, one-tooth-turning-a-funny-gray-color gals possibly hope for?
Or is this the tabloid story of the summer precisely because it bodes so well for the rest of womankind? After all, it's the two-timing jerks who go for the goddesses. Doesn't that leave the shorter, sweeter guys for the rest of us?
Yes! And yes.
Yes, we normal-looking women will never have the pool of guys to choose from that Christie had or probably already has again. And yes, we are luckier for it.
Maybe it's my grayish tooth talking, but it really does seem like the men who chase models are the men that everyone models included should avoid. I base this on a column by the New York Daily News' David Hinckley, about how he, like most men, always had "marry a model" high on his fantasy life to-do list.
The fact that marrying a model is a universal male goal just shows that it is up there with reeling in a 20-pound bass a way of proving one's manhood. Does the man care if the bass is smart or funny? Heck no all he cares about is whether there's a photographer around to snap his picture with the thing. Then he can dump her for a cuter, younger bass who wants to sing and has no idea there's anything wrong with sleeping with the married fisherman to jump-start her career.
Ahem. What I mean is: The guys who actually go out and pursue models are generally not thinking of these women as individuals.
Now, those of us who are the herring in life know that when someone wants us, it's because of who we are, not what we look like. And that means that we also stand a good chance of being allowed to age without worrying we'll be thrown back to join the other rejects.
Older women are not high status in our society, but it's even harder to be an older woman once known for her looks. I got an e-mail the other day listing a lot of great beauties and their ages: Gina Lollobrigida, 79, Brigitte Bardot, 71, Ann-Margret, 65, etc. The tag line read, "I remember them all as beautiful."
As if they couldn't possibly be beautiful anymore.
As if anyone still pining for Gina and Brigitte isn't getting pretty prunish himself.
In Christie's case, she's not 19 anymore. She's 52. Anyone who finds that a failing is the kind of guy it's best to avoid. Fortunately for those of us with a grayish tooth or two, that's usually not too difficult.