Fittysomething? "W" AND "M", please.

Along with many other people, and even from a young age, I have always thought it deeply unfair and unjust that people have traditionally said that men age better than women! It has been my belief that this observation has been made with a false perception of what IS attractive. I strongly believe that confdence in your whole appearance is what makes a person attractive, and part of your appearance is the way you move, the way you hold yourself and so on.

 

Along with many other people, and even from a young age, I have always thought it deeply unfair and unjust that people have traditionally said that men age better than women! It has been my belief that this observation has been made with a false perception of what IS attractive. I strongly believe that confdence in your whole appearance is what makes a person attractive, and part of your appearance is the way you move, the way you hold yourself and so on.

 

Saying how wrinkles on a man add character and yet not on a woman, that grey hair looks distinguished on a man but looks ageing on a woman seems to me to be an example of double standards rather than a real judgement. When accepted wisdom rolls out cliches such as these, it is no wonder that women start to lose confidence on the arrival of wrinkles and grey hair and turn to products that promise to reverse “the signs of ageing”.

 

Nowadays, it is disappointingly difficult to find role models of famous women over the age of 50 who have not resorted to the knife or at least botox in order to - in their view - stay attractive. These women seem to believe that only by aiming to look “younger” do they still look beautiful.

 

What inspires me is a strong and confident woman such as the women featured by SGSC. These women use sport and exercise to keep themselves in great shape and look vibrant and beautiful because of this. These women have not automatically and inevitably turned to surgery to alter themselves, their challenges are to achieve results in their chosen sport, eat healthily to aid their ambition and they look FANTASTIC as a result.

 

I was so disappointed therefore when I glanced at a fun item that appears weekly in the Sunday Times Style Magazine. The item lists people and trends “Going Up” and “Going Down”. I got very excited when I saw item one on the list of Going Up – "Fittysomethings ... people looking better than ever in their fifties". Yes, I thought at first, at last we folk past the age of 50 are considered cool. However, as examples, the two photographs of the ‘fit’ people shown were  famous  men – groan, I then thought. OK, Sean Penn and Gary Lineker do look great but but I’d like to have seen both men and women used as shining examples!

 

 

They are not famous - but how about

 

mary 1 crop

Mary Goodacre
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and Francoise Kassenberg
both featured on SGSC.
 
Don’t misunderstand me, I was very happy to see that the over 50’s are at last being noticed, but next time, Style Magazine, how about including some ‘fittysomething’ women alongside those ‘fit’ men.