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My Four-Eyes Two-Cents

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:38pm

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The London Telegraph's Celia Walden had herself done up like Sarah Palin. She writes:

As a former beauty queen, Sarah Palin has a point to make: she's a female Clark Kent wishing to distance herself from the spandex and big hair of her cover-girl days; she's a hockey mom encumbered by her looks - or is she?

That luxuriant hair, tied up so impatiently, is as carefully thought out as the spectacles; (I'm 90% sure they're clear glass).

Now, wait a minute here. Clear glass? Whoa. Call Palin ruthless, stupid, corrupt, inexperienced, eager-to-kill-animals-and-deplete-the-world's-cuteness .... but she wears fake glasses?

I take this accusation quite seriously. As a woman who wears real glasses, I can tell you it takes energy and determination to live life with glass and plastic glued to one's face almost 24 hours a day. Faking it? That happens very rarely. To go to Anthropologie, buy a cute pair to match with your outfit, and wear them for a day? Cute. But to go through life with the same pair, day in and day out, clear glass? No way.

Glasses-wearers get skin breakouts. We get nose indentations that may last forever. We sacrifice the beauty of our eyes (and mine are pretty!) to the yoke of good vision. We have to buy expensive sunglasses, and can't have fun by just picking up any pair at a drugstore. We can't wear headbands because the dual behind-the-ear pressure is too much. At formal events, we look dorky and not beautiful because who the hell wears glasses as formalwear?

You simply don't. Not unless you have to. Which is why this photo -- among all the others I've seen -- proves that Sarah Palin doesn't wear fake glasses. No one wears pink taffeta and four-eyes without dying a little inside.

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