The Disgusting Debate About Kristin Davis’ ‘New Face’ Shows The Incredible Hypocrisy Of Women’s Beauty Standards

While Sarah Jessica Parker is lambasted for having 'grey hair', Kristin Davis is being picked apart for alleged plastic surgery - so can women ever win when it comes to ageing?

And just like that

by Georgia Aspinall |

Just one week after Sarah Jessica Parker called out the misogynistic response to the Sex and The City cast aging – you know that natural thing all women do but have to pretend they’re not - Kristin Davis has become the subject of a vile Twitter storm dragging her alleged plastic surgery.

It comes after the Mail Online printed a story about her so-called ‘unrecognisable’ look, using the headline ‘And just like that... Charlotte has a new face! SATC star Kristin Davis, 56, sparks plastic surgery rumours as fans claim she looks 'unrecognizable' in new HBO spinoff trailer.’

Yikes.

Featuring a whole host of commentary about the SATC women since the And Just Like That trailer was released last week, the tabloid reported that many were calling out Kristin for ‘awful plastic surgery’ and damning her for not aging naturally.

Kristin has been open about struggling with body image issues in recent years, telling AOL in 2018 that ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say that [beauty standards] don't concern me or that I don’t think about them, but on the other hand, I feel stronger in who I am and that my body is my body and a lot of people love my body.'

'The truth is that it’s just part of our job. It’s a visual job, and it’s tough. You have to hear everyone else discuss it, in print, too,’ she continued. ‘Part of the reason that it’s hard to do is that you go in and play parts where you can’t avoid having to wear certain things in our jobs.

It’s been a stressful thing for me over time and hard to get enough self-worth where I can be like, "I’m just gonna look however I’m gonna look on screen.”’

That same year, she admitted to trying CoolSculpting – the controversial fat-freezing technique that Linda Evangelista claimed ‘disfigured’ her earlier this year – and said she typically looks for non-invasive procedures to tweak her looks.

‘I’m scared of needles, scared of complications, and scared of doing something that looks bad and not being able to go back and fix it,’ she told New Beauty.

Listening to her words, the latest reaction to Kristin’s face in the And Just Like That trailer should turn our stomachs. This is a woman who is incredibly open about her struggles with self-esteem, relatively transparent about changing her appearance and admits to paying a close eye to public reaction. How then, must she feel seeing this narrative unfold as the public not only debates whether she’s had plastic surgery, but how successful it was? Right now, people are quite literally picking apart the flaws of a woman’s face at a time when we should only be celebrating her reprising her iconic role as Charlotte York Goldenblatt.

Because regardless of whether Kristin has had plastic surgery or not, the pros and cons of appearance should never be up for public discussion. This is a 56-year-old woman who may or may not have had some work done, does that really warrant much shock and awe, let alone a full breakdown of how good the work was?

There's so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never happen about a man.

Beyond that, the reaction itself speaks volumes about expectations of women’s beauty when you also consider how Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon are being picked apart. Sarah said it best last week, telling Vogue ‘There’s so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man…” Grey hair grey hair grey hair. Does she have grey hair?” [Andy Cohen] has a full head of grey hair, and he’s exquisite. Why is it okay for him?’

‘Everyone has something to say,’ she continued. ‘” She has too many wrinkles, she doesn’t have enough wrinkles”. It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay 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.’

The irony is clear. Women of a certain age get work done and they’re aging disgracefully, yet when they choose to age without any tweakments, they’re lambasted for going grey or developing winkles. We simply cannot win.

So how about instead of tearing apart the casts looks, we simply stop and watch the entertainment they’re providing us. Reactions like this prove why so few iconic TV shows go on to create sequels when the cast have aged: we should be counting our blessings, not women’s wrinkles.

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SHOP: The Outfits From And Just Like That

Sarah Jessica Parker
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Carrie dressed up a swishing floral maxi dress with this sequinned bag from Paco Rabanne. The exact style is sold out, but the brand has plenty more options when it comes to disco-ready accessories.

Paco Rabanne, Nano Disc Mini Bag, £670
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Sarah Jessica Parker
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Sporting another Fendi Baguette, this time the dinkier Nano.

Fendi, Nano Baguette Charm, £550
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Kristin Davis on the set of SATC
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A surprising outfit for girly-girl Charlotte, but we love these clean-cut overalls.

Free People, Marci Coverall, £118
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Batsheva's pink-and-white housedress is a lot nicer than what we wear to do the washing up.

Batsheva, Victoria House Dress In Pink Peony, £166
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Lisa Todd Wexley
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Lisa is earning a reputation as the group's boldest dresser, pairing this puff-sleeved fuchsia jacket with some sunflower shorts from Max Mara. For a winter alternative, try this leather pair from COS.

COS, Leather Bermuda Shorts, £225
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie's tutu is back in business. OK, it's not the same pink style she wore in the original show's opening credits, but this long swooshing number is still fetching.

Needle & Thread, Florence Ruffle Ankle Skirt, £295
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Charlotte York
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Charlotte looks sunny side up, despite the grey skies, in this egg yolk yellow skirt and matching pumps.

LK Bennett, Floret Yellow Suede Closed Courts, WAS £195 NOW £78
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Seema Patel
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Seema Patel, played by Sarita Choudhury, appeared for the first time on set wearing this criss-cross jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren.

Seren, Shani Jumpsuit, £620
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Carrie Bradshaw
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We love this combination on Carrie; a fabulous blue-and-orange dress (vintage), a modern-day boater (Rodney Patterson) and towering platform sandals.

Sandro, Kaela Ruched Printed Silk-Satin Midi Dress, £252
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Is that socks and sandals we see on Carrie?! Her hip surgery in episode five explains the choice of footwear, but it's still a first from our stiletto-loving heroine.

Birkenstock, Madrid Birko-Flor, £55
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Charlotte York
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Charlotte does modern power dressing in this nipped-waist tweed dress in powder pink from St John.

St John, Tweed Boucle Knit Dress, WAS £1,600 NOW £635
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Carrie Bradshaw
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The last time she wore a 'bird' on her head, Carrie was marrying Mr Big (/hitting him with a bouquet of roses when he left her at the altar). If you've seen the first episode, you'll know that this meeting is something of a head-scratcher...The outfit however is 10/10. (The polka dot skirt is Carolina Herrera; the hand-painted bag is by artist Rebecca Moses.)

Carolina Herrera, Gathered Polka Dot Silk-Organza Midi Skirt, £465
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie's flowing maxi dress (an usually bohemian choice it must be said) caused much confusion when some sources said it was vintage and others that it was Forever21.

Mango, Flowy Printed Dress, WAS £59.99 NOW £39.99
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Bridget Moynahan
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For her confrontation with Carrie, Bridget Moynahan was styled in a polished shirt dress from luxury sustainable label Gabriela Hearst.

COS, Wrap Shirt Dress, £69
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Charlotte York
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For a scene filmed outside the Lyceum Theatre, Kristin Davis looked exceptionally 'Charlotte', wearing a flower-embroidered cocktail dress from Lela Rose, a powder blue handbag from Louis Vuitton, and a watch from Cartier.

Rixo, Aurelia Embroidered Voile Maxi Dress, £171
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Carrie Bradshaw
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In the best revival yet, SJP was spotted wearing those peacock blue pumps - Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi - that she last wore for her low-key wedding to Mr Big.

Manolo Blahnik, Hangisi 105 Buckle-Embellished Satin Courts, £795
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Carrie Bradshaw
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As well as digging out her beloved Fendi Baguette, SJP's also resurrected this studded belt from Streets Ahead. As eagle-eyed fans will remember, the eye-catching accessory made its debut in the first movie, cinching the waist of the rose-printed dress that she wears to go apartment-hunting.

The Kooples, Black Leather Belt With Studs And Eyelets, £85
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Charlotte York
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For a cafe catch-up, Charlotte ventures into the world of print with a white sundress patterned with blue sailboats from Emilia Wickstead.

Emilia Wickstead, Galen Dress, £1,495
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Miranda Hobbes
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This is the second pair of wedge sandals spotted on Miranda - proof, if you needed it, that they've come a long way since being the type of shoe your old headmistress would wear in summer.

Russell & Bromley, Headspin Woven Espadrille Wedges, £155
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Miranda Hobbes
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Miranda's berry red jumpsuit scores a perfect 10 in our book and is from homegrown label Likely NYC.

Safiyaa, Miriana Sleeveless Jumpsuit, £1,138
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Saint Laurent's Farrah platforms prove that our heroine hasn't lost her love of heels (or serious height).

Saint Laurent, Bianca Sandals In Smooth Leather, £660
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Lisa Todd Wexley
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LTW is the show's new ambassador for power necklaces (this one is from Monies).

Monies, Palermo Necklace In Polyester, £415
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Charlotte York
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Charlotte was seen in princess pink dialled to its punchiest max in this blouse, a $154 number from Gosilk.

Kitri, Bretta Pink Floral Cotton Top, WAS £85 NOW £65
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Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie was always game for a fancy hat - her fascinator once caused a fight between her Berger, remember? - and this jaunty straw style is no exception.

Emily London, Provence Hat, £645
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Carrie Bradshaw
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We shudder at the thought of the costume department's shoe wardrobe (it must be similar to when our heroine found herself let loose in the cupboard at Vogue), and love these patent and super stacked Mary-Janes. The necklace has become a new signature of Carrie's, and is from Fry Powers.

Fry Powers, Turquoise & Malachite 14kt Gold-Plated Necklace, £595
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