Category: Weird Articles
Published on Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00
While many women resort to getting botox jabs to get rid of wrinkles, this woman decided to take the more natural approach by just not smiling. As impossible as it seems, 50-year-old Tess Christian claims that she hasn't smiled, laughed or giggled in the past 40 years.
Wait, so she worried about wrinkles at the mere age of 10? Which kid at 10-years-old worry about wrinkles? Whatever the case, Tess insists that while she has a sense of humor, she has made the conscious decision not to laugh or smile – even when her daughter was born – in order to maintain her youthful appearance.
Tess (right) in 1982, aged 19.
“I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles,” she said. “Everyone asks if I’ve had Botox, but I haven’t, and I know that it’s thanks to the fact that I haven’t laughed or smiled since I was a teenager. My dedication has paid off, I don’t have a single line on my face.”
In her defense, her extreme technique seems to have worked in her favor, she is devoid of laugh lines and her skin still looks plump and supple. However, she is mistaken that she doesn't “have a single line” on her face. If you look at her photos close enough, you can see lines under her eyes, which is often due to the effects of wearing eye makeup.
Tess (right) in 1985.
Tess' unusual beauty regime has attracted a fair bit of criticism, with people remarking that she is too vain. But Tess remains unfazed, saying that her strategy is “more natural than Botox and more effective than any expensive beauty cream or facial.”
Tess isn't the only one in the world who resorts to this unique anti-wrinkle approach. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian reportedly tried not smiling or laughing to keep the wrinkles at bay. A few skin experts actually support this theory and believe that the trick might work.
Tess (left) age 23 in 1985.
“We know this because it is exactly how Botox works — by reducing muscle activity. Not smiling is a DIY option, although I would have thought it difficult to keep up, not to mention boring for your partner and confusing for your children,” he added. “Undoubtedly, there are some actresses who have retrained their facial expressions to this end.”
Tess says it isn't too difficult for her to not laugh in an amusing situation because she went to a strict Catholic school where the “joyless nuns didn’t like children to smile.” So she learned early on to control her zygomaticus major.
Aged 23, her friends have nicknamed her the 'Mona Lisa' for her unwillingness to smile.
As she was growing up, Tess also came to the realization that she looked better if she did not smile anyway. “If I did smile I developed big hamster cheeks that made me look deranged. I looked up to old-school Hollywood icons such as Marlene Dietrich for inspiration; she never smiled and I loved the way she smouldered glamorously.”
“When I found something funny or I was tempted to laugh — which happened on a daily basis — I learned to control my facial muscles by holding them rigid,” she explained. “The corners of my mouth might go up a little, but I never looked anything other than faintly amused. Friends knew I was fun to be around, so it wasn’t an issue.” She has also mastered the art of laughing inwardly while watching comedy films.
Tess, 43, with her daughter, 16.
Some psychologists have pointed out that not smiling can affect the mental health of a person. “When you smile you release endorphins, known as “happy hormones” that make you feel good,” said London-based psychologist Amanda Hills. “When you smile you release endorphins, known as “happy hormones” that make you feel good.”
But Tess isn't unhappy by any means, according to her, she takes pleasure in the fact that most of her friends have developed lines around their mouths while hers still remain to be seen. “It dawned on me that I looked younger because I’d spent my life not smiling,” she said.
Tess also revealed that her daughter Stevie, now 24, has no problem with her refusal to smile. “She is the opposite of me — she has a pretty smile that, of course, I would never stifle,” says Tess. “She knows my sullen expression doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy her company.”
Do you think this is just another simple case of a woman vying for attention and making some story up or do you think that she has actually stuck to her resolution for 40 years? Let us know in the comments below and share this article with any of your friends who would like to find an alternate solution for anti-aging that doesn't involve expensive cosmetic surgery or facial products.