Now that George Washington has had his makeover, it’s Martha’s turn. Forensic anthropologists have done an age regression on Martha Washington based on a 1796 portrait, and the news media are all aflutter at the results. (In fact they seem unable to report this story without using the words “hottie,” “babe,” or “fox.” How nice.) The unlovely implication that Martha is somehow more interesting now that we have a visual of her as an attractive young woman is unavoidable; on the other hand, if I were Martha I would be most pleased that people bothered to figure out what I looked like in my younger years instead of thinking of me as perpetually 65 years old and wearing the most unflattering headgear known to man. Besides, everybody loves a good age regression and I’m no exception.
But wait, maybe this isn’t so hot off the press – I thought I saw this portrait on a book published 3 years ago!