Can't sleep? Science says it could be down to our age as we find it harder to know when we're sleepy as we get older.
Shot by photographer, Harry Were, the beautiful images feature 57-year-old model, Mercy Brewer, as the star of the labels autum/winter 2017 campaign. “Perceptions of beauty have and always will change, therefore I think we can conclude its standard is not set in stone, and new beauty is always waiting to be discovered,” she said of the campaign. “I believe we are in a moment in time where older women’s beauty has been a startling revelation.
From the 89-year-old still performing up to 4 surgical procedures a day, to the 95-year-old style icon who gives women a quarter her age a run for their money in the cool stakes, meet the age-positive women breaking down elderly barriers, blazing a trail for the younger generation and proving that life begins at 80! Having worked as a model in her earlier years, Daphne Selfe returned to modelling aged 70 after the death of her husband and is now thought to be the world’s oldest supermodel. Since being signed to a leading agency in her 70s, the 88-year-old has appeared in countless advertising campaigns for leading designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren, has been photographed by the likes of Mario Testino and David Bailey and is now the go-to poster girl for older women.
The ageing process is a scary thing for most of us. Any sign of a wrinkle or line will swiftly be followed with incessant Googling of the latest beauty treatments designed to act as the elixir of youth.
It used to be that the fashion industry was relatively ageist when it comes to the sartorial choices of ladies enjoying their golden years. “Mutton dressed as lamb,” were the whispers when a sixty-something star dared to don a mini-skirt. From body-skimming dresses to barely there bra-lets, females in the 40, 50, 60 plus club are flaunting their body confidence for all to see.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Dame Julia Peyton-Jones, the former co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, had swapped retirement for motherhood, having welcomed her first child, a daughter called Pia, at the ripe age of 64. Janet Jackson recently gave birth to her first child, a son Eissa, at 50, while Mick Jagger is back in the sleep-deprived haze of babyhood, having welcomed his eighth child, Deveraux Octavian Basil, back in December. Nicole Kidman has also revealed that she may not be done with the whole giving birth thing and is still hoping for another baby at the age of 49.
For most of us, the very thought of posting a nude selfie to Instagram would bring us out in a cold sweat and have us diving for the nearest cover-up. But not Yazemeenah Rossi. The model, visual artist, and self-portrait photographer has been busy sharing beautiful yet tasteful naked pictures of herself in stunning locations with only a strategically placed scarf to hide her modesty. And boy does she look amazing.
Good news for women looking to fix their ‘flaws’, there’s a new product you can fritter your money away on: Nexsey. What is it? Surgical grade tape that promises to temporarily tighten saggy neck skin. Keep it in the bathroom cabinet next to the hair dye, anti wrinkle cream and self loathing.
From wrinkle woes and grey-hair grumbles, to sagging skin sorrow, the thought of growing older gives us all the fears. Meet the women who have taken a sip from the fountain of youth to prove that age is no boundary to beauty.
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With her hair falling suggestively in loose waves over one of her eyes and clad in nothing but a sexy, sheer lace bralette, Salma Hayek is proving that age certainly doesn’t have to be a barrier to beauty as she appears looking absolutely smokin’ on the cover of GQ Mexico. Obviously proud of being chosen to front the 10th birthday anniversary issue of the fashion mag, Salma recently shared an image of the sensational cover shot with her 2.1m followers on Instagram.
Let’s make things clear for a second - no one would wish acne upon their worst enemy. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has found that women with acne are actually more likely to live longer than those with clear skin, and look better as they age, too. Scientists from King’s College London looked at the white blood cells of 1,205 female twins - a quarter of whom said they suffered from acne - and found that those with acne had greater protection against the effects of ageing built into their cells.
The image is of Gerry, 75, and Darwin, 70, who have been in love for over 20 years, cuddled-up and completely naked. Photographer, Jade Beall, shared the image to social media to announce the launch of a new series on beloveds over 60, which aims to challenge perceptions of beauty, particularly when it comes to ageing. “I refuse to accept the wide spread (mostly western) human belief system in regards to what is beautiful, especially when it comes to the sacred vessel we call our bodies,” she wrote on Facebook and Instagram.
This a recent snapshot of 64-year-old grandmother and fitspo, Wendy Ida (pronounced ee’da). The grandmother and mum to 41-year-old, Sky, credits her youthful looks to a full-on fitness regime. A photo posted by Wendy Ida (@wendyidafitness) on Mar 7, 2016 at 11:30am PST Wendy first started working out when she was 43, after coming out of an abusive relationship which according to her website left her in “poor shape, bad health and with low self-esteem” Now she puts in one-and-a-half to two hours gym time every day with intense cardio and weight workouts. It happens so often.” A photo posted by Wendy Ida (@wendyidafitness) on Mar 10, 2016 at 10:26am PST Not only has she dropped 80 lbs in the two decades she’s been working out, but Wendy also credits fitness for kick-starting an incredible journey of self-empowerment.