Alert the media. Public women and the famous airbrush photos to make themselves look younger, though in the photos I offer on the site I do not. However, it’s as common as mascara is to private women.

The right-wing rag, the Washington Examiner, goes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the photo that dons the cover of Capitol File magazine. Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri are at their catty best on this one.

If Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears get flak for airbrushing their photos, why not the speaker of the House?

If you haven’t managed to score a copy of the May/June 2010 edition of Capitol File magazine (typically flanked on every table or bathroom at any D.C. social function) you’ll notice the cover girl Nancy Pelosi looking particularly young.

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique in Waldorf, Md., said although he believes Pelosi has had work done (specifically Botox of the frown lines, fat injections, a mini face-lift), the image is not the product of additional plastic surgery. […]

Gateway Pundit joins in, as does Pajamas Media, in a post entitled “Gentlemen Start Your Airbrushes,” for the usual drive by invectives.

None of the conservatives caterwauling about Speaker Pelosi have yet commented, to my knowledge, about the positively Stepford wife photo of Laura Bush on her memoir jacket. Frankly, I wasn’t going to comment either, because I simply found it so very sad. A very attractive woman, Mrs. Bush has been reduced to some robot femme, for what purpose I have no idea.

As for Speaker Pelosi, her office reportedly denies airbrushing. But the photo is suspiciously like what Oprah and other public and famous women do on the covers of magazines. Change their looks, but also their actual body size to make themselves look like someone they are not.

I’ve got as big an ego as anyone and I have had photos retouched in the past. But as you will see from the glamor shot of me in black sequins, I’m as is for all to see.

Body image for women as we get beyond 40 is a real struggle. I’ve never had Botox, though I could use it, but I won’t promise I will not at some point, as well as do other minor modifications in the future.

However, when it comes to painting myself unrecognizable or fake, as both Speaker Pelosi and Laura Bush have allowed to happen, I hope I can wrestle my ego to the ground to fend off the inevitable embarrassment.