Where are all the women over 40, who still look like woman who are over 40? When I turn on the TV, all I see are women who are 35. All of them. Every one of them has begun to look 35, even the ones that have been around for a long, long time. Has anyone else noticed this? The news anchors look 35 (not counting the meteorologists who look younger). All the Housewives look to be about 35. Our morning show hosts are freshly, glowingly 35 in HD. Is that what we’re going for here, because I’m not on that bandwagon.
It’s insane to have a whole country full of women who are told by the media that they aren’t allowed to age, at all. All the products are labeled anti-aging, wrinkle erasing, age-defying, plumping, firming, blah, blah, blah. Instead we’re supposed to slather, inject, laser, nip and tuck until we have a facsimile of a face from ten years ago. So, what’s a girl (ahem, woman) with yet another birthday coming up supposed to do? Not sure yet. Grab some sunscreen and cram another candle on the cake, I guess.
One thing that makes me feel infinitely better about lighting up another cake is to look at these gorgeous non-American women who seem to embrace their age with verve and joie de vivre. These are high-profile women who work in the fashion industry, who look like real women to me. Their relative ages span the decades from 40s – 60s and that is a very beautiful thing. When I see their pictures pop up in the media from time to time, they always makes me smile.
Even though Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia despises fashion bloggers, I won’t hold that against her. Read her rant about how vile we are and why we won’t last. I’d love to sit next to her at dinner and discuss.
I should probably go and count my blessing now. The good things in life far outnumber the candles on a cake. And that, is a beautiful thing.
Who’s your role model(s) for aging gracefully and with verve?
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