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.
73-year-old Italian icon Benedetta Barzini walked along with 70-year-old British face Jan de Villeneuve. Both worked alongside renowned photographers such as Irving Penn and David Bailey to capture the beauty of the 1960s. Other older faces appeared including 80s star Marie Sophie Wilson and industry stalwart Cecilia Chancellor.
It wasn’t just animal rights that were being fought for this morning at London Fashion Week. The protest brought up some worrying facts surrounding the fashion world. The average age of a catwalk model is now 17 with older models coming few and far between.
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.
‘Diversity’ was a real buzzword in fashion this year. In a recent panel orchestrated by The Business of Fashion on the topic of diversity and inclusion, model Joan Smalls used a term that sums up the whole problem with the current focus on diversity: “Sometimes, people jump on bandwagons and do things because it’s cool for the season.
Madonna has come in for a lot of flack of late. “I loved Madonna when she acted her age,” he said on Good Morning Britain. The attack could well have been a sexist, ageist and misogynist move too far for the pop superstar and she decided to use her Billboard acceptance speech to speak out about the issue and offer an insight into her experiences as a woman in the music industry.
This time, Madonna has been targeted by the Daily Mail for her “ageing wrinkled” hands that shockingly reveal her real age. Daring to lift her hands to the camera, Madonna showed that she is ageing naturally – and gracefully – with a few lines and wrinkles seen. Google ‘Madonna age’ and you get 785,000 news results.
Emma Watson isn’t one to shy away from saying what she thinks, particularly when defending women’s rights – just one of the reasons why she makes such a brilliant UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. The actress has spoken numerous times about gender equality, most notably in her game-changing speeches for the UN, and she’s now calling out sexism in Hollywood in a way that everyone understands. As part of a larger piece by The Guardian on the industry’s sexist practices, the “Perks Of Being A Wallflower” star has used hard-hitting figures to show how few women are key players in the film world.
The actress has something to say about men who sling their arms around their partner’s shoulders. Dame Helen Mirren isn’t one to mince her words. The 70-year-old actress has taken aim at men who put their arm around their partner’s shoulders – because it looks like “ownership”.