This is what 81 looks like

Sophia Loren, on the occasion of her 81st birthday

Sophia Loren, on the occasion of her 81st birthday

There’s nobody more beautiful than Sophia as a young woman — the very archetype of the Italian bombshell.

Portrait of Sophia as a young woman

Portrait of Sophia as a young woman

As with so many icons, Sophia is being celebrated at age 81 — and employed, with a Dolce & Gabbana lipstick all her own. But the signs of extensive work she has had done make it hard to look at her: the beestung lips, the waxy cheeks, the drag queen makeup. I’m conflicted.

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