Shirley Manson, better known as the frontwoman of the band Garbage, is only happy when it rains—and, perhaps, when she's not thinking about wrinkles. The singer/former Calvin Klein model took to Facebook late last month to admit that while she's "at odds with plastic surgery, Botox, filler, and surgical enhancement," she's also "44 years old. That is ANCIENT in the world of entertainment. That is even older in the world of music. I feel like if I stay true to myself. I am screwing myself out of a job." And that led Emma Cowing to pick apart the admission in the Scotsman.
Manson has spent two decades as a great example of what a confident woman is (this is the singer who "once told a journalist she bought an orange Fender Stratocaster because it matched her pubic hair"). So what turned Manson "into a nervous-sounding woman seriously considering plastic surgery in order to stay popular?" Cowing talked to Manson's friends and industry experts and contemplated the role that Manson's admitted body dysmorphia may play in all this. But after hearing plenty of "she's crazy" and "there is massive pressure now," Cowing ultimately doesn't come to any real conclusion. Manson seems equally unsure, concluding her post with, "I am confused. Deeply confused. Please help me process or understand."