Opinion | Sexuality

A Theology of Jiggly Thighs

What a graying supermodel can teach Jesus' female followers.

Splattered across the media this week is Kristen McMenamy, a supermodel and mother of three who was featured on the August cover of Italian Vogue. She appears inside in a striking (some say offensive) photo spread, lying on her back against jagged rocks, wearing a black feathered dress, in a way designed to mimic the aesthetic of the Gulf oil spill images. But I was more intrigued by the model's hair: The 45-year-old boldly flaunts her naturally long gray locks, telling Vogue Daily, "You can get older and still be rock-'n'-roll. I thought all that gray hair would make a beautiful picture.

I'm a fan of embracing the way God made us, but I have to confess feeling a little conflicted about the hoopla. I suspect my reticence is not unrelated to the fact that McMenamy still has the body of a Barbie.

At age 41, I have most of my cranial pigment, but I see where things are headed. If I live enough years, if you live enough years, the physical downhill slide is inevitable. The pigment fails. Once-toned ...

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