By Tom McKay
If you could know today what you'll look like in the year 2080, would you want to?
A twentysomething couple, Tavis and Kristie, took that challenge for The Cut's "100 Years of Beauty" series, letting a makeup and prosthetics team age them into their 50s, then their 70s and finally their 90s. The makeup work is pretty over-the-top, turning the duo into a convincing pair of senior citizens.
But what begins as a simple experiment turns into an emotional rollercoaster with each transformation as the couple contemplates how they will remember their marriage in the coming decades:
"I can't help but think about what the potential last 50 years were," Tavis says, viewing himself as a 70-year-old. "To see her look like this I just think of where we have gone to be looking like this."
"We'll have kids and grandkids and so many stories," Kristie responds.
The couple is similarly overwhelmed when the team, at age 90, asks them, "What would be your last words to each other?"
"I would want to make sure he knew how much I loved him and how important he has been to me," says Kristie, to which Tavis responds, "You made me a better person. There are so many things I couldn't be without you and will never be without you."
OK, we just lost it. Apparently, aging doesn't seem nearly so scary when you have a good partner along for the ride -- here's hoping the next 70 years are as magical for Tavis and Kristie as they say the last few have been.