Kate Beckinsale looks like she is having a phenomenal time in Mexico. So, it makes complete sense that some folks are angry that the 46-year-old is wearing a bathing suit at the beach.
Because once you hit a certain age, if you wear a swimsuit that doesn’t cover your entire body, folks might accuse you of having a mid-life crisis. At least that’s what an Instagram user said of the Underworld actress’ parade of entirely appropriate and very stylish swimwear.
“I feel like you are having a mid life crisis or something,” one commenter said.
Beckinsale responded in the only appropriate way: “Oh! I think that’s because you’re an annoying a**hole.”
But Beckinsale wasn’t done defending her vacation pictures. Another commenter said that Beckinsale is “too old” and seeking attention by posting photos of herself in bathing suits, so Beckinsale wrote a compassionate, feminist thesis for the ages.
“Are you aware that when you get the urge to accuse someone of something, especially someone you don’t know, or attribute an intention without ever having met the person, that the only thing really being achieved is revealing something about yourself or something you fear about yourself? I don’t know you and I don’t know who has made you feel that if you get older you have no value, can’t be attractive or sexy or have a relationship with your body that isn’t only self loathing, but as one female to another, don’t let any of that noise bother you,” Beckinsale wrote.
“You’ll feel more powerful, may well physically blossom, know who you are and what you want and get good at setting healthier boundaries. If you’re young and fearing getting older, don’t. It’s not at all how people scare you it will be especially for a woman. You’ll come into your own power in a way that feels steady and so many more things will feel possible.”
The people or press that are scaring you that your value is tied up in youth, or in fact anything that is not currently within your reach, is noise I do hope you allow yourself to ignore. If you’re older and fearing less is available to you, it actually isn’t, don’t let that limit you in anything. I can’t imagine how unhappy you must feel to leave comments like this. People have all sorts of things going on that they put a brave face on and you’d never know,” Beckinsale added.
“Sending love and the real hope you receive this message in the spirit that it’s meant. I know you have more to offer than leaving mean comments that illuminate far more about you than they do about the people you choose to comment on. Sending love x.”
So let that be a lesson. If you come from Kate Beckinsale, you will either be summarily cut by her sharp wit or educated on the dialectic of power. While she’s wearing a fabulous bikini.