In the spirit of this "Throwback Thursday" trend that seems to be happening on social media, I thought I'd post a super awesome photo of my pre-braces buck teeth, both to revel in my own awkwardness, and to lead into an ongoing discussion about beauty standards (more on that later). Turns out I couldn't find one, but I imagine one will show up on FB before the end of the day.
When I was 13, my parents willingly shelled out big bucks for braces to squeeze all those awkward chompers together and spare me the torture of looking like..well... a big nerd. As it is with adolescence, I felt like a big nerd anyway, but having a nice smile was really appreciated throughout my later years.
Now that I'm in my late-ish (can't commit) thirties, my retainers long-lost, and my tooth enamel destroyed by those very braces and countless dark beers, I find myself once again with a big gap between my teeth.
Diastema, I believe its called (wink, wink, Dr.Coniber) is the official dental term. In the spirit of giving the finger to our age-phobic culture, I have decided to rock the diastema. As it turns out I find myself in some pretty gorgeous company. Choosing not to perfect an "imperfect" smile (as if smiling could be wrong) shows just a bit of rebellion, a bit of confidence and in my case, my first encounter with aging gracefully (again, more on that later). Some people who rock it.
So obvious. "M" But seriously stop it with the outfits.
Georgia May Jagger (as in Mick and Jerry as if it wasn't obvious). Excessively hot, not unlike her lineage.
Lauren. Can I please look like this in my 50's?
Jessica Pare'. As in Mrs.Draper.
Anna Paquin. Built a career around getting chomped.
Natalie Cole. Unforgettable.
And the mans.
Woody. As if it wasn't obvious.
Dennis. Always thought he was kind of hot in that Irishey way.
Not quite as pronounced as some (yet), but I'm rockin it.