Blog | Saturday, April 25, 2009

The goiter: the Botox lip pout of 1622?

Marie de Medici had a goiter, and Rubens painted her with it in 1622. According to Dr. Susan Mandel, who spoke on thryoid nodules at a session today, this painting made goiters all the rage. Other women of the period would actually ask their painters to add goiters to their portraits--even if they didn't have one--in order to be a little bit more like Marie.

Sounds crazy... but is it any worse than injecting yourself with botulinum toxin to get lips as fat as Angelina Jolie?

(Image courtesy of Olga's Gallery at