Molly Ringwald’s new self-help book is Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick, as reported at CBS News. Ringwald, the 42-year-old former Brat Packer, wants women who read her book to become “the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be.”
What can Molly Ringwald, in her new self-help book, tell women that they don’t already know?
As women have children and age, they are no longer the 20-year-old pretty girls that walk down the street. However, does that mean that when women hit a certain age it’s time to go to pasture? Says Ringwald, as reported at Today, “Being pretty can be about style or outer beauty, true, but on a deeper, more fundamental level, it’s about learning to take care of yourself again. Style is the first and easiest step to reminding yourself – and the world – that you matter. Too often, after kids, after years in and out of relationships, we settle. We stop paying attention to ourselves.”
Women know what happens to them as they get married, have children and age, but most would agree that a reminder is in order as to what middle aged women can do to recapture the life that was there when they were young, skinny and unencumbered. Molly Ringwald’s self-help book or Valerie Bertinelli’s self-help books are positive approaches to growing older and are good sources for self-help books for middle aged women.
Is it better to read books, such as Molly Ringwald’s new self-help book, or should women rely on counselors and similar professionals for help?
Molly Ringwald was one of the most popular 80’s stars. Now after marriage and children, her star has faded. This is the time when a self-help book is likely to come about by a celebrity. The young starlets who are in the pinnacle of their careers have not suffered enough to offer advice to others. Self-help books by middle aged celebrity women are the perfect books for the everyday woman. Although most human beings are not celebrities, celebrities still suffer the same problems as normal people.
“In the months after I delivered Mathilda, I would catch glimpses of myself in the mirror, each time thinking the same thing: Is that me? I couldn’t get over the heft of my body. I would breast-feed my daughter and look down in horror to find that my breasts were larger than her head,” writes Molly Ringwald. Pregnancy, weight gain, loss of freedom due to motherhood – these problems can apply to any woman.
Molly Ringwald Is Now An Author, CBS News
Molly Ringwald gets ‘The Pretty Back’, Today