The paparazzi always want someone glamorous to photograph, and Maria Shriver apparently fell short of their expectations on Saturday. Considering what she has been through, it isn't surprising that she isn't looking her best.
Reports from the Daily Mail state that Maria looked drawn, thinner and older than her normally glamorous self as she spent time with two of her kids and their friends. First of all, she was hiking, not going to a fancy ball. She wasn't wearing any makeup and her hair was down. Even the most stunning super models can look surprisingly plain without all that heavy makeup they wear on the catwalk. Is it any surprise that the same applies to Maria?
She is dealing with a husband who has a long history of cheating. He fathered a child with a long-term household staff member. He might even have two more children. He had affairs with cast mates and harassed women whenever he could. Most women would crumple over in humiliation, hiding at home behind drawn curtains. And yet, Shriver is out and about, showing the world she is a survivor. Her appearance is the least of anyone's worries.
It's not uncommon for people, men and women alike, to go through periods of mourning during times like this. Shriver needs to time to get back up, dust herself off, and move on to bigger and better things. Spending time with her children, Katherine, 21, and Christopher, 13, is just what she needs to put her life back into perspective. While Arnold struggles with a sullied image and misguided attempts to help his mistress maintain a non-existent reputation, Maria Shriver is finding herself again.