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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 11/30/2010

What is up with Madonna's face?

By Liz Kelly

At 52 years old, Madonna is still trim from rigorous workouts. She lacks sag in any areas of the torso that might be prone to sagging and -- since her divorce from Guy Ritchie in 2008 -- she's dated men (or at least one man) decades younger than herself. You go, girl.

We have just one squabble with Her Madgness: Her freakish, plastic, Priscilla Presley-esque face which -- with every passing photo op -- seems to inflate like a Restylane balloon that has reached maximum capacity and threatens to pop at any moment.

Madonna attends the opening of her first Hard Candy Fitness gym in Mexico City on Monday. (AP)

In a 2008 article, Jonathan Van Meter wrote about what he termed "the new face" -- a shift away from the stretch-and-pull plastic surgery of yesteryear in favor of a plumped up, smoothed face:

Their faces didn’t seem pulled tight in that typical face-lift way; they seemed pushed out. Looking at Madonna, I kept thinking of the British expression for reconditioning a saddle: having it "restuffed."

Indeed. Since that time, Madonna's face seems to have been "restuffed" almost beyond recognition. Where she once was all angles and big bold eyes, those same eyes now seem to disappear into her seat cushion of a face like two little upholstery tacks. Her jaw line is approaching beefy Leno-sized proportions.

A more natural-looking Madonna in 1999. (AP)

Why can't Madge -- like Helen Mirren (65), Julianne Moore (49) and Annette Bening (52) -- age gracefully and somewhat naturally? Is she too far down the "stuffing" road to let nature take it's course? Would it be a better example for her 14-year-old daughter? Would we respect her more as an artist or a woman?

Why do we even care?

As Hank Stuever wrote in 2008 when Madonna turned 50:

"As ever, it's about the rest of us, who are always caught watching Madonna do whatever it is Madonna currently does, even if when whatever Madonna is doing is nothing more than growing old.

By Liz Kelly  | November 30, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Madonna  
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Maybe she's channeling Drew Barrymore. In her dreams.

Posted by: CafeBeouf | November 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I think she looks just fine.

Posted by: oxhead1 | November 30, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Modonna is a lot better looking than I am. I'll really glad if I can look as good as she is.

Posted by: Renny4 | November 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Modonna is a lot better looking than I am. I'll be really glad if I can look as good as she is.

Posted by: Renny4 | November 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"...let nature take it's course."
Oh, dear. Even the Post doesn't know the correct use of it's/its.
It's = it is
Its is the possessive.

And yeah, Madonna looks like a wax creature. It's (it is) karma coming around on someone who sold sex as much as music.

Posted by: m2cpf | November 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Obviously she's been hanging out too much with Alex Rodriguez, hyuck hyuck.

Posted by: andym108 | November 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, why do you care? Why do we care? How about singing lessons? If only she could have spent more time on her voice instead of her body. If only we could spend more on appreciating talent maybe we wouldn't care to much about useless trivial information. I just love turning on the radio now and listening to voices that get a needed lift because they can't sing. Thanks Madonna, thanks media, thanks record companies and ad agencies. And, especially to the all mighty (weaken) dollar for everything you and to all the pitiful people who run after it. Have you seen Cher lately? Poor thing looks like a talking wax dummy. Must be as painful for her to talk as it is for us to look and listen to her. Well, at least she can sing...

Posted by: cjstarbuc1 | December 1, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Looking good is fine. However, the fact that changing our outside doesn't mend our psyche or our soul is often forgotten. This fact helps keep me in business. Dr Dorree Lynn, psychologist. Author of Sex for Grownups: Dr. Dorree Reveals the Truths, Lies and Must-Tries for Great Sex After 50.

Posted by: DrDorree | December 1, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

I think Chipmunk Cheeks is wayyyyyy too far down the road of bad plastic surgery and other procedures to let nature take its course. Yikes ... she is just scary-looking now.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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