michelle obama

Michelle Obama will be celebrating her 50th birthday later this week, which means it’s an opportune time for People magazine to ask her about plastic surgery.

Here’s a lesson they won’t teach you in journalism school: When a famous person turns 30, she should be asked about marriage. When she turns 40, she should be asked about babies. If she turns 50 without babies, she should be asked if she’s really sad about the baby thing. If she does have babies, default to asking about plastic surgery.

According to the Huffington Post, Obama says she hasn’t gone the plastic surgery route and doesn’t see herself opting for surgery in the future, but says she wouldn’t rule it out. When people get older, they often change their minds about things.

“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves,” she said. “Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route. But I’ve also learned to never say never.”

We’d love it if nobody ever felt the need to get plastic surgery, but we’d also love it if women weren’t judged on their appearance at all times, regardless of its relevance to their accomplishments. We’d especially love it if women were allowed to age like normal people without being judged as though somehow they had “let themselves go.” Time passes. It’s not like a person can slack off at the gym and put on 5 years. But that’s not the world we live in, and we’re certainly not going to blame someone if they decide some fillers or a facelift would improve their lives.

In fact I’m pretty much on the exact same page. I don’t think I will want plastic surgery, and I hope I won’t ever think I “need” it, but I have no idea how I will feel about it in 20 or 30 years.