Recently I’ve been attending quite a few launches for anti-ageing products where the generally promoted view is how awful ageing is; we’re shown images and graphs detailing signs of ageing and how ‘terrible’ women can look if they don’t act immediately (men are fine to age freely) and I’ve found it a little de-pressing. Don’t get me wrong, I will absolutely be fighting the signs of ageing when they start to really take hold (I’m already aware of my fine forehead lines and crinkly outer eyes) as I’m insanely vain and I want to try and hold on to the things that I think make me attractive (it’s all very relative, I know) but I hope that I’ll also be okay with showing a bit of a life; for example, crinkly skin around my eyes shows that I’ve done a lot of laughing, and lines on the outer side of my lips show I smile regularly. Whilst some would see these are signs of ageing, I’m hoping to try my best to see them as signs of living…don’t quote me though as you know how fickle I am.
In the meantime, here’s some inspiration from some beautiful women, all of whom are over the age of 60 and looking amazing. They’ve all been rumoured to have plastic surgery but nothing concrete has been stated, so hopefully they are the very definition of ageing gracefully with just the occasional, minor tweak. All the pictures below are taken in 2014…
I’ll start with the one I know least about, Christie Brinkley, but I’ll just point out that this woman is 60 and I’m sure most would agree she looks younger than 30 year old me. Doesn’t she look amazing?
Now on to the woman who inspired this post for me, Sandra Howard, who looks absolutely beautiful at 73. I will be absolutely thrilled if I hit 50 and look like this, so cross your fingers for me please.
I have such a soft spot for Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver thanks to the Alien films which I absolutely love, but also because she’s one of those women who manages to stay both sexy and classy without putting in much effort. Check out Heartbreakers to give you an idea of what she’s capable of; it’s another film love of mine! She’s 64.
Everyone loves Meryl don’t they? I especially loved her in The Devil Wears Prada but I don’t think she’s done a film that isn’t fab, has she? She’s also 64 and looking amazing.
I think Joanna Lumley will always be someone we all love due to her Ab Fab fabulousness, but also check out her brief stint as a high-class prostitute in Shirley Valentine. Joanna is looking sensational at 68.
Arguably saving the best ’til last, here’s the amazing Helen Mirren who’s apparently – according to the many males I spoke to about this – still as sexy as she was 30 years ago. This amazing, British Beauty is 68 and as beautiful as ever.
I’m sure there are loads I’ve missed, but I thought it’d be nice to have a little look at some of the wonderfully inspirational women we are lucky to have representing women over 60.
Nice post. As women we always live under constant threat of being old aka unattractive/out of market etc. These women and many like them prove the contrary.
Thanks Andreea, that’s so true and I think we should appreciate women like this who are sticking a proverbial finger up at those who insist that only youth is attractive xx
I stumbled on this post & I’m glad I did.
I so admire Helen Mirren- she looks alive & gorgeous and glowing with natural health.
Thank you, an uplifting post x
Thanks Minty! These women are so inspirational xx
I was googling beautiful older women hoping to see examples of how women can age with grace instead of fighting the clock. I clicked this link excitedly, but I’m disappointed every single woman pictured here is white. I was hoping to see more inclusivity and maybe someone I could look up or relate to on this topic.
Thanks for your comment and you’re absolutely right. I will edit the post soon to include Khandi Alexander, Michelle Yeoh (not quite sixty but almost there!) and the awesome Angela Bassett.