Why is Everyone 35?

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.

Franca Sozzani (Photo: Marc Dimov/PatrickMcMullan)

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.

Carine Roitfeld (style.com)

Emmanuelle Alt (Style.com)

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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9 responses to “Why is Everyone 35?

  1. Hi I’m a bookie friend of Michele’s (and a neighbor). Really like your new blog and will pass it around.

    I have to say, I’m fighting aging. I’m fighting it with gusto! As long as you still look like yourself, I’m all for it. Let’s discuss…..

  2. Hi
    Funny you should ask about eye cream because last week I found the best I have ever used. First sell all of your jewelry, then go to sephora and buy Flaws NoMore r3p cream. It’s made with 3 peptides and is incredible. It is also way too much money so I only use it around my eyes and mouth so it will last months and months.

    I’m reading The Bros Karamozov again. It feels like a philosophical soap opera this time thru and I keep wanting to skim but am afraid I’ll miss a brilliant passage. The book club is doing hateful Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint. I’m waiting for Michele’s copy.

    • Thank god for Sephora’s free samples. It sounds like a little pot of gold! I’ll let you know what I think. I take rec’d seriously. Dostoyevsky is some heavy reading. I only know it from references to the text, but not the book itself. Impressive!

  3. Ps. Alt needs some r3p

  4. Love this post. I feel completely overshadowed by these wrinkle free and peppy women in their 40’s and 50’s. Like the competition isn’t enough when it’s just against your own age group.. I don’t even know if there are age groups anymore.. we are all competing against each other..the 31 yr old against the 59 yr old. they must feel the same way-which is why they’re desperate to stay looking young i guess. i hope this starts to change.. women should feel confident in their own skin! i know i would like to see more “older” (older than me) women aging gracefully..

    thanks for the ‘welcome back’ comment on my blog by the way! I had a baby 6 weeks ago and have had no time! I am determined tho to make blogging fit into my new schedule!!

    sarah
    http://www.speakmylanguages.blogspot.com

    • Hi Sarah!
      I read on your blog last Sept. that you were expecting. Congrats on your new baby! I’m a mother too and know how busy new mothers are. Crazy busy (and tired and overwhelmed – at least I was). I’m so glad to see you back to blogging and I smiled when you popped up on my Bloglovin’ reader today.

      I’d like to think we can find some balance in aging. Keeping up appearances without going overboard. I’m all for coloring those gray hairs, but probably not for the rest of my life. I with you in the notion that I hope this starts to change. We can all use some positive older (looking) role models.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment today!

  5. I’ve really enjoyed reading portions of your blog. Hope to see more of it.

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