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A wonderful piece of writing, thank you. I am back from a wonderful trip to England and hugely grateful to live in this quiet corner of France where nobody has botox. I have had to navigate so many questions from the children on peoples faces and why they don't move, why their lips are quite so big and why the eye lashes are so incredibly long. I'm so grateful these standards of beauty are not a part of their everyday world for the time being, I've not discovered why yet but suspect the the laws here are tighter on these cosmetic procedures. On a recent trip to Spain they noticed similar standards.

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Thank you, Josephine! My goodness, I have so much to learn from the French when it comes to embracing one's physical self. A similar topic these days in my circles has been the pressure and urge in the U.S. to "bounce back" into tiptop shape after giving birth. Annie Samples in her posts/stories about her life in Denmark (https://www.instagram.com/annieineventyrland/) notes how different this kind of mentality is from the one adopted by her and others in Denmark, and it makes me question the pervasiveness of the "influencers" I see on my IG feed these days who don't really embrace reality.

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