Horse Faces vs. Hubbell Girls
I like the topic of the horse face. I am sure you have discussed its merits. I find the horse face to be attractive. An excellent example of that would be Jessica Simpson—classic modern horse face.
Horse face can be defined as a longer oval shape, distinctive (read larger) nose and often, high cheekbones. I think this shape rose to popularity with Barbara Streisand.
This occurred to me over last weekend as I watched The Way We Were one hungover morning. I remember an episode of Sex and the City where Carrie references the movie. I hadn’t seen the movie at that point, but thought it sounded like a good cry and planned to check it out.
The movie is a good heartbreaking kind of watch. Not to mention there is a young Robert Redford in it who I still contend is one of the most gorgeous and charismatic actors of modern film. The story is a typical one as boy and girl are from different places but it is unique in that while there is a lot of love between then, Redford (Hubbell) cannot reconcile how difficult it is to be with Streisand (Katie). She pushes him and pushes him demanding more. There are also elements to her personality that don’t lend to a relaxed atmosphere like her expecting the world to know she is smart and driven and taking most everything seriously. She also has no appreciation for many of the things he loves like taking it easy and taking life as it comes along. She’s uptight, serious, driven and very much in love with Redford.
The famous last scene is years after their divorce, she runs into him and his new wife who is seemingly opposite of her (straight hair, proper, good manners) she says, “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.”
There is a similar scene between Carrie and Mr. Big. Big chooses to marry the “easy” girl as in the girl who adores him and their love takes little effort versus the train wreck that is dating Carrie Bradshaw. She even says to Big a al The Way We Were: “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell,” and walks away from a rightly confused Big.
I was also struck at how much Sex and the City draws from The Way We Were (Not just it’s also horse faced heroine).
The Streisand character is really funny in the context of Washington, DC type girls, too. I recently had an interesting post-coitus chat about “DC girls.” This is said to be “that girl” who wants everyone to know she’s smart and awesome, but actually comes across at bitchy and pushy. Also these girls are not attractive enough to act like this as it is only the models among us that can act awful and still keep their lover.
I don’t think the point here was girls need to be more like the sedate Hubbell girl, but rather there is a balance between wanting the world to know you know it all and being confident enough not to throw it in every guy you meet at the bars face. In the end, that’s sort of what breaks up Streisand-Redford and Big-Carrie, both men conclude it just “got too hard” and they leave these wonderful girls behind for the low maintenance “pretty girls.”
“You hold on and I don't know how. And I wish I did. Maybe you were born committed... I can't get negative enough. I can't get angry enough. And I can't get positive enough.”
--Hubbell Gardner, The Way We Were