As I get closer to another birthday I am always looking around for positive stories or images of other women who are older and embracing their age. Recently I was in the windy city and I sat in a taxi cab looking out at all the different billboards and I was pleasantly surprised and inspired with all of the midlife women that I saw. Halle Berry was plastered all over a wall, not sure what she was selling but she looked fabulous at 48. From Cindy Crawford (49) to Lauren Hutton (71) forty and beyond seems to be a hot trend and I like it! The women look natural, they look strong and they are flaunting the new sexy, that midlife and beyond is marvelous. Makes me happy to be where I am in life and inspires me to continue to take good care of myself inside and out. The way I see it is if over 40 super models are still in the mainstream and all the rage. That means it's the rage for all of us, 40 is the new 20 and 50 must be the new 30! Wooohooo!
Inside and out... beauty should be timeless. You can have wrinkles and streaks of gray and still hold a beauty of your own. I know we all complain about the skin sagging around our knees or our crows feet around our eyes. But most of the time when I go out with all my girlfriends and I sit back and look around the table I think two things. One, how blessed I am to have such wonderful women to surround myself with and two, how uniquely beautiful we all are in our own way. I have small freckles on my cheek that seem to be getting bigger much to my dismay and a woman in the restroom at a restaurant told me she loved my angel kisses. Never heard of freckles called that before, but what a nice thing to say. I see them as a negative and someone else embraced them. Made me realize I needed to change my thinking. With Father Time comes some natural aging transformations we all need to accept. Don't get me wrong, I can't really say anything positive about the muffin top hanging over my jeans but the age spots forming on my hands I need to face. Yes it's a sign of aging but that doesn't mean it's bad. I guess we all have to draw the line on what we are going to accept and what we aren't. I can gladly give you the list of what I refuse to accept. Bunions, gray hair (until the entire head is white), and jacked up teeth that move due to hormones. I draw the line at those three things. I don't care how vain it sounds. Here are some quick fixes to the nine worst signs of aging. As of now I am a NO for plastic surgery. But I guess you can never say never.
The television medium is also bursting with power house middle aged women entertaining us and looking great at 40+. You gotta love it! What a great time to be middle aged. Some of my favorites are Mariska Hargitay (51) Sergeant Olivia Benson on Law and Order. Bridget Moynahan (44) Erin Reagan in Blue Bloods. My absolute favorite power house character is Julianna Margulies (48) as Alicia Florrik in The Good Wife. Then we have one of the funniest and entertaining women I know and she does not even come close to looking her age, Ellen Degeneres (57) on ELLEN! I bet if you stop and think of one of your favorite shows, chances are there is a midlife woman rocking her character. Please don't think reality show. In my opinion those are the worst looking women on television, regardless of their age. I am referring to true actresses, entertainers, journalists, & artists. It's a great time to be 40 something and beyond. We are so very lucky that these women are aging gracefully and proud of it, even in Hollywood. From beauty products, to clothing designers and the entertainment industry we are a generation that demands to stay fashionable and in the fore front. Don't count us out yet. As I tip ever so closely to 50 I believe the best is yet to come. Here are some fabulous actresses over 50. Many looking better than they ever have!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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