As baby boomers are approaching 65 more and more every day, I saw a quote that there would 600,000 centinarians by mid-century with there already being 70,000 centinarians in our country currently. http://voices.yahoo.com/senior-population-grows-extends-8380805.html?cat=12
Where does that leave the American woman in a culture pre-occupied with youth? Well, don't watch the movie, "Snow White and the Huntsman," for starters. Charlize Theron's evil Ravenna literally sucks the youth out of every young woman who crosses her path as a means
to retain her own beauty. Ultimately, (spoiler alert -- oh, you haven't seen Disney's version already?) she is undone by a younger, more beautiful woman.
As I approach my 60's -- quick to add, its still a few years away -- I wonder how well I'll take becoming "older." Even now, after seeing unflattering photos my cousin keeps tagging me in on "facebook" I want to believe that its because of bad lighting or weird angles.
But just in case I am growing my bangs 1/2" longer to hide those weird wrinkles between my eyebrows. I've also started growing my hair out. In my youth I didn't have the patience to wait for my hair to grow out before getting bored and finding a cute hair cut I wanted to try.
The beauty of growing your hair out as you get older is, its the one thing that improves with the passing of time, while everything else takes a turn for the worse (achey joints, weight gain, wrinkles, diminished vision, do I need to go on?).
However, do I truly think I am young any more? No, but I'm not elderly either. That means there needs to be a new ideology for middle aged women that makes them feel relevant and attractive, and truly, there are more and more older women who are beautiful. Check out Ari Seth Cohen's fashion blog, "Advanced Style" here: http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/
Lynn Dell Cohen (I guess no relation to Ari Seth)
I have always heard the French laud their older beauties with respect and worship. Do they age better than we Americans? Arguably they are more stylish. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/fashion/15French.html?pagewanted=all
But as I read the above mentioned article, " Aging Gracefully, the French Way," I find that French women pamper themselves. Oddly, it is another Charlize Theron movie "Young Adult" where Ms. Theron's character, being the epitome of a narcissist does just that. She applied her make-up like an art form, and a manicure and pedicure were practically a daily occupation.
Her dog was the only one not getting pampered between the two of them.
So is the secret as we get older in this country to not view pampering as a vanity but rather a necessity? I'm sure pampering comes with mixed results. As beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor was in her youth, no amount of pampering or plastic surgery could stave off the ravages of alcohol, smoking, and drugs. But really, she put up a good fight for a long time.
As a contrast to a life lived hard and fast, is one taking a slower pace. Helen Mirren is a good example. She married her one and only husband at the age of 52. They had met when she was 42 as he was going to direct her in a movie.
Well, Helen Mirren isn't an American beauty, but I think we should claim her all the same.