Sorta like this face, only usually less hairy.
They always cover it up, of course, and say “Well you know what? When you’re older you’ll be so glad to look young!” Right, because that follows logically…I mean, who’s to say I won’t look old in a few decades, just because I don’t now?
Or even this
So why is it that so many people have this reaction to me? I’ve tried changing my hairstyle, clothes, makeup, and nothing seems to help. Once I got a haircut and was mistaken for a 16-year-old (whoo hoo), but since it grew out I’ve reverted to 12. I figured as I aged people would start guessing 13, 14, maybe even 15. But the number stays constant at 12. This used to bother me in high school when I was actually 16, a mere 4 years older. Now that I’m 21, this shit’s getting serious.
Most problems can be blamed on one of two scapegoats: the media, and your parents. This problem is no exception. If my parents’ DNA hadn’t blended in such an unfortuntate, cataclysmic way, I wouldn’t look like an effing SIXTH GRADER while I try to navigate job interviews and the like.
This is me in a few years, after I get a job. And turn black.
But really the media is more at fault here. Television shows and movies constantly feature people my age playing teenagers, and the ones who are actually teenagers are so dolled up with professional styling that their true ages are indiscernible.
Wtf this girl looks like she’s 35.
Exhibit A: Ashley Tisdale was 20 when she began portraying a 15-year-old on Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” James Van Der Beek was approximately 21 when playing Dawson on “Dawson’s Creek,” a show about high school sophomores. The character “Gordo” of “Lizzie McGuire” fame was 17 when he began portraying a 7th grader. Leslie Bibb was a 25-year-old playing a 15-year-old on the WB’s “Popular.” Sorry for my old examples, but those are the shows that were popular when I used to fantasize about being a teenager (except the Ashley Tisdale one. I just plain don’t like her). I guess this is proof that I really am as old as I say I am.
What’s worse than twenty-somethings playing teens and teens looking like twenty-somethings is that actual children are starting to look older than me.
She’s only 9. How can I compete with this?
WHAT?! Even Dakota Fanning looks older than me? What is the world coming to?
I’m not gonna get into the ethical argument here (what about their childhood? This can’t be good for their self-esteem! Everything’s always about looks, isn’t it? Blah blah blah). I am merely concerned with how I look compared to society’s ill-informed notions of what a 21-year-old should look like.
Although, now that you mention it, I think the real question here is why are all these hairdressers, dental hygienists, and great uncles watching the Disney Channel? Don’t answer that, Uncle Milton.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who's experienced this psychological trauma!