No laughing. No smiling. All for the lamest and vainest of reasons.
Tess Christian’s female friends look the picture of merriment when they get together for their frequent Friday nights out in a local restaurant.
Champagne flows, the conversation gets steadily more raucous and peals of laughter hang over their table.
But there’s always an odd one out in the happy scene: Tess, 50, who sits stony-faced while her friends giggle around her. Not even a flicker of a smile, let alone a laugh, escapes her lips.
Tess isn’t devoid of humour, but for nearly 40 years she has made a conscious decision not to laugh or smile — even at the birth of her daughter. This is because Tess says that maintaining a perennial poker face is a crucial way to keeping her — admittedly, impressive — youthful looks.
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