36-year-old Emilia Clarke posted a cute selfie this week on Instagram. The Game of Thrones actress smiled and posed with a mug that read, "You're doing f*cking great." She wrote in her caption, "Mum got me a mug. I felt it was important to share this new found wisdom. Use it and reap the rewards."
However, Clarke's wholesome post was met with negativity. People started cruelly criticizing her natural features, stating that she "didn't age well" and that she's "hit the wall." One woman on Instagram (@sheenablmpride) wrote, "Damn someone hit the wall and didn’t age well."
"this is why u wear sunscreen," @neslindd_ said in the comment section.
A large Twitter account, @MillerStream, reposted Clarke's image on the platform. "Lmao wow Daenerys Targaryen didn’t just hit the wall she flew into it full speed on a dragon 🐉," he tweeted.
But Clarke hasn't even aged much. She looks great at 36! Just look at this photo she shared a month ago.
It's rare to see actresses with lines and unfrozen faces. Clarke's unaltered features are an amazing representation of natural women worldwide. She has embraced the passing of time, the aging process that we all will inevitably go through. Additionally, Clarke decided to avoid botox and fillers, a move that most Hollywood celebs can't fathom.
People's criticism of Clarke's normal appearance shows us the damage social media has done – that is, the pornification of brains and the over-usage of beauty filters. Beauty used to be an amalgamation of your being – your talents, the way you carry yourself, your wisdom, or your wit. Today, it's measured by how "perfect" and how "plastic" you can appear. The most chronically online people have lost touch with reality; they have a skewed perception of beauty, largely dictated by TikTok and Instagram models.
Emilia Clarke suffered – not one – but two aneurysms during the filming of Game of Thrones, both of which were near-death experiences. Unfortunately, parts of her brain are no longer usable due to her past stroke and brain injuries. That doesn't stop Clarke from being one of the sweetest and most uplifting celebrities, though. Obviously, she's still physically beautiful, but her positive outlook and the wisdom she's gathered throughout her best and worst moments make her all the more admirable. Clarke also understands that aging is inevitable. She's accepted it, and she's embraced it – something we should all learn to do.
When Clarke was asked about her thoughts on aging, she told Elle in 2021, "You've got this idea of aging, and then you've got the idea of what aging makes you look like. At 34, I am wiser, more intelligent, I've had more experiences, I've done all this stuff, and I'm proud of that. You can only do that because you are the age you are. Time is the only thing allows you to do those things. So, if my face is gonna reflect the time that I've spent on this earth, I'm down for that."
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