In the latest episode of And Just Like That, Carrie deliberated making one of her biggest investments yet: a facelift. When Anthony dragged Carrie along to a consultation - he was supposed to be getting his-and-his facelifts with Stanford, before Stanford left him for Tokyo - Carrie was horrified to be told by a surgeon that, if she opted for cosmetic work, she should probably go for a half face lift, and not something considered less extreme, like Botox or filler. Even Anthony, not known for his tact, chimed in that Carrie could do with the work.
At the end of the episode, thankfully, we discover that Carrie didn't go for the face lift. Although it's obviously a woman's choice whether or not to get plastic surgery, it was eye opening to see Carrie battle with this future for herself.
But it's also barely any wonder that Carrie - she who exudes confidence and wears more silly hats than Jay Kay from Jamiroquai - considered paying $10,000 to go under the knife. As the surgeon explained to Carrie: 'Mother Nature and Instagram are much harder on women.'
We're not saying anything revelatory by stating that the pressure to look younger undeniably hits women harder. We all know it. But that’s not to say that it’s not depressing that we're conditioned to think of older men as attractive, worldly and wise - and criticise older women’s looks and style far more. Men like George Clooney and Idris Elba are dubbed silver foxes. Yet after unfairly reacting to Miranda's news that she hooked up with Che, Charlotte told Miranda that instead of having a midlife crisis, she should have just dyed her grey hair instead.
Before it even started last month, the discourse around AJLT, was built on criticism of the women's appearances ten years on from the last film, whether it was about Kristin Davis' decision to have cosmetic work or condemning Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker for looking 'too old'. In November, Sarah called it out in aVogue interview, saying: 'Especially on social media. Everyone has something to say. "She has too many wrinkles, she doesn’t have enough wrinkles."
'It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly OK with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better,' she continued. 'I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?'