I like this description more and more as I get older. A “handsome” woman can mean different things to different people. For me, it evokes a strong face, perhaps a face-of-one’s-own, rather than a traditionally “cute” or “pretty” one. Good posture, a chic, simple hair and makeup routine, and a style that doesn’t succumb to trends.
I am not making any value judgments about a “pretty” woman (think Scarlett Johansson) versus a “handsome” woman (Sigourney Weaver). I find us all beautiful in our way. I do find myself drawn to a handsome woman, probably because her looks convey a sense of inner strength (when it could be mainly a matter of simple genetics?).
I have strong cheekbones and a strong jaw, and strong opinions, but a slight frame and fuzzy yellow hair, so I don’t put myself in the handsome category, at least not yet. I won’t mind growing into it though, letting my hair go silver, and wearing less makeup as I age.
I like the way “handsome” women seem to let themselves shine through, needing few adornments and staying true to their muse.
|Christine LaGarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, is chic and handsome. And smart.|
|One of the Original Handsome Women, Katharine Hepburn.|
|Angela Bassett might be both “beautiful” and “handsome”, and has a strong presence.|
|Hilary Swank is handsome and strong-looking, and not only when she’s playing a boxer!|
|A great actress, Glenn Close is also a handsome woman and has aged beautifully.|
|Tilda Swinton can do no wrong by me. I adore her individualistic look and style.|
Over to you – do you have/admire a “handsome” look? Any other women you’d like to nominate?
Have a marvelous Thursday, and stay fabulous,