For many women, restrictive societal beauty standards can put a real dampener on their lives. We're all expected to look perfectly polished and ready for a photoshoot at all times. And one highly pernicious standard that women are held to? We're simply not allowed to age - or at least, age visibly.
Well, one woman from Los Angeles seems to have cracked the code. A twenty-two-year-old man posted images of him alongside a very attractive female. But, after some pretty awkward comments complimenting the beautiful "couple," Jonathan Nguyen had to own up. The lady in the photos is actually his mother.
She certainly looks good for her age - but it doesn't come easy. For all her secrets, read on.
Being a woman is not easy.On top of juggling a career, personal relationships, romance, a family, and personal fulfillment, we're also expected to look absolutely flawless doing it.
But, for certain women, things get even harder.Moms really have it rough when it comes to being judged for their appearances. Either they're too drab and mumsy, or too sexy - it's almost as though they can't win.
Because all women are essentially supposed to be fighting a losing battle.Even though aging is a privilege that not everyone gets, it's also paradoxically the biggest no-no in terms of female appearance. We're ideally supposed to look like teenagers forever.
But one Los Angeles woman appears to have done the impossible.The internet has gone wild this week after a photo of an incredibly youthful-looking mom went viral.
It was shared by her son, Jonathan Nguyen.
Nguyen shared a post on Facebook.
via: FacebookHis original post was in a group called "subtle asian traits," where those with Asian heritage share common experiences relating to their culture.
The post bemoaned what Nguyen claimed was a common Asian problem.He posted a photo of himself with his mom, writing, "Having a young Asian mom is great until you see someone your age shooting their shot at her."
People were shocked.
via: FacebookAnd there was one overwhelming reaction to the post - Facebook users had assumed at first glance that the picture was of a young couple!
Some were jealous of the mom's appearance.
via: FacebookIn a world where youthful good looks are prized above most things, this woman is indeed in an enviable position.
But others pointed this out.
via: FacebookIt's commonly accepted that aging gracefully is one of the (many) perks of an Asian heritage.
Here's one of the pics posted.
It almost seems like an optical illusion.Initially, Nguyen claimed that his mom's real age was a "secret" - but he has since admitted that she's in her forties.
Although some felt a little suspicious.
via: FacebookPerhaps it's not just the fact that the Nguyen's mom looks young - which she undoubtedly does. But she also poses with him in suspiciously coupley ways.
Check out this shot, for example.
Or how about this one?
via: FacebookTaking shots with your mom is a sure-fire way to trick people into thinking that she's a crazy youth like you.
But there was one overriding reaction to the images.People out there were desperate to know Nguyen's mother's secrets for maintaining such a youthful appearance.
Many referred to her as "goals."
via: FacebookBut, disappointingly, it doesn't seem as though Nguyen's mom has discovered the fountain of youth. Her staying-young tips are some of the worst kept secrets in the biz.