How was your weekend? We relaxed Friday night, cleaned the house and did yard work Saturday, and I took my niece to see Daniel Tiger Live Sunday afternoon. It was the most gorgeous weekend and I was grateful to get some things done around the house and spend time with my mom, sister, and niece!
I was listening to the “You Must Remember This” podcast last week (thanks for the recommendation, Rachel!) and the particular episode featured an interview with Isabella Rossellini. I won’t go into her lineage or her entire biography, but, among other things, she became a model late in life (by model standards). She was the face of Lancome for years, finally being ousted at age 44 for being “too old.” She argued that women her age didn’t want to see 20-something models selling anti-aging products and eventually started her own cosmetic company featuring models of varying ages and races.
I found myself cheering for her as I listened. Lately I’ve felt frustrated that I don’t feel represented in the beauty industry. I’m sure many of you feel the same. I see numerous tweets/magazine covers with headlines such as “This is the product Kylie Jenner uses to achieve youthful skin!” and “Check out how Gigi Hadid gets her glow!” Um. They’re 18 and 21 respectively (thanks, Google). I think I know how they get flawless, glowing skin. It’s called youth (and a few nip/tucks for Jenner).
I get that they’re the “it” girls of the moment. But what for the rest of us? Is our only hope to travel back in time or locate a magic potion that will give me eternal youth, a la Death Becomes Her? Because I can’t imagine another way I’d look 18 again.
And I know it goes much, much deeper than this. Not to make light, but there are so many races, body types, and lifestyles that are not represented in the beauty industry. It’s discouraging. Everyone shits all over Susan Sarandon for sporting “saggy” cleavage (hello, she’s 69!) at an awards show and then gives us a 20-year-old and says “you can look this good if you buy this product!” It’s garbage. And if I looked as good as Sarandon at nearly 70, I’d be delighted.
So – where’s the advice on aging gracefully? It comes for us all, God willing. We’re going to get wrinkles and age spots and go through menopause. Our breasts and butts will sag. It is part of life, and it can be really beautiful if we’re around to experience it, because there’s a lot of beauty in making it that far. And at the end of the day, it’d be nice to be reminded that you don’t have to be 20 to be beautiful.
What are your thoughts on this? Is there a company who does a good job representing all types of women?