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Lauren Hutton inspires

Reviewed by Marta March 4, 2011 13 Comments
It is hard to believe that Lauren Hutton is 67. Shall I spell that out for you – sixty seven. I am awed by her. Lauren Hutton seems to be aging so naturally and gracefully, but also with spirit and vigor. My kind of woman.

The Women’s Wear Daily group at Condé Nast recently launched a new magazine for the cosmetics industry called Beauty Inc. Hutton is on the cover with Ashley Smith, a newbie model almost 50 years her junior. The feature is called Gap, What Gap (which is cute considering they share a wide-toothed smile).

Hutton is candid in her Beauty Inc interview about being fired by Revlon at age 41 after a 10-year relationship - she was told women over 40 don’t wear makeup.

But what really resonated with me was when talked about reentering modeling at 46, after opening up a magazine for the first time in five years. “I couldn’t find anyone who looked like me,” she says. “My generation had become invisible.”

That’s worth repeating: “My generation had become invisible…..” I think that was sadly so true once.  Rather than disappear, so many women (at least if they had the means) felt compelled to have invasive procedures to keep them young looking. For those of us who didn’t want to be frozen in time, there didn’t seem to be much of an alternative but to get older. A Hobson’s Choice if ever there was one.

But what struck me was that we women over 40, into our 50s (in my case) and in our 60s and beyond are no longer invisible. We are living in the moment, embarking on new careers, reinventing ourselves and appreciating our own beauty as we never did before. We are growing older feeling better than ever and with a little help from a healthy diet, exercise and the best potions and lotions that we can find.

I reread the Beauty Inc interview with Lauren this morning and had the sudden realization that this is what underpins Truth In Aging and our fantastic community of inspiring women (and men!). We are not invisible and we damn well never will be.
  • October 19, 2013

    by Vicki

    Like "oxpictus" said on 2/12, I too would love to see a REGULAR Column on skin care and make-up tips for us over-60 ladies. Since there's so many of us baby-boomers out there that still use make-up, and that are (still) concerned with keeping our skin looking "as young as possible", a REGULAR column for us mature ladies would be greatly appreciated !

  • February 9, 2012

    by oxpictus

    I would like to see a regular column about skin care and makeup tips for those of us 65+. Some of us have taken good care of our skin, but don't want to use makeup the same way we did when we were in our 20s-40s.

  • March 14, 2011

    by marta

    Good for you Julie Kay! What amazes me is that with the right exercise and diet it is completely possible to change your body shape whatever your age. There used to be this assumption that after 45 we were stuck with ourselves. It so isn't true. Onwards and upwards.

  • March 14, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Now that I've crested the decade mark, I'm settling in and really believe the 60s are going to ROCK! I love shocking people when they learn my age. I'm at the Y now, as well, so my body is also shaping up. Late Bloomer, me. ~jk

  • March 14, 2011

    by JustD

    Shame on me Marta, RIGHT ON!!!! Tell it like it is, gurl you preachin' to the choir and it is what it is!

    Thank you Marta, for shaking those apples from the tree; we may have fallen and hit the ground for a moment and even be bruised a little, but we can still make a damned good apple pie when given the chance :D

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