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Are we beautiful after age 60? Most Liked Hot Conversation

I’m taking a time out from my eight-part caregiving series to blow off some serious steam about a big center-fold spread in the May 7, 2012 issue of People Magazine titled “Beauty at Every Age.” It features 80 pictures of female celebrities aged 20 to 59.  EXCUSE ME?  Does this mean the People staff believes there are no beautiful women over the age of 59 because that’s sure what it seems like to me?  Maybe if they had titled it “Beauty from 20 to 59″ I might not have been as offended. But I’m still angry about it today, so I know it’s time for me to tell the Vibrant Nation world how I feel about this nasty affront from a magazine I have always read every week, from cover to cover, for 38 years. People has offered us another prime example of ageism in the media.

We all know there are beautiful women over the age of 60.  People could have picked a few of them and featured their photos.

Some beautiful women celebrities in their 60′s:  Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Phylicia Rashad, Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Cybill Shepherd, Candice Bergen, Jane Seymour, Blythe Danner, Kirstie Alley

And in their 70′s:  Sophia Loren, Julie Andrews, Diahann Carroll, Faye Dunaway, Florence Henderson

I’m sure there are some in their 80′s but I don’t have time to go find them right now. I have to go get my hair colored.

And of course, my personal favorite for timeless beauty:  BETTY WHITE

I’m no longer relying on People for my pop culture fix.  I’ve switched to TMZ and Us Magazine for my daily and weekly dose of holy crapola.

What do you think?

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  1. Generic Image Vibrant Nation Guest says

    You’ve read People magazine for 38 yrs and this surprises you?  I admire your optimism!  My candidate is Queen Elizabeth II. At 86, she still has one of the sweetest faces on the planet.

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    • Shannon Ingram Shannon Ingram says

      LOL! Love this guest post! I have always followed pop culture via “People,” and should NOT be surprised that pop culture pooh-pooh’s older people, except maybe Queen Elizabeth II, Clint Eastwood and Betty White. I expect that ageist attitude may change with the Boomers’ $3.5 trillion plus in combined spending power, compared to Gen Y’s less than $800 million.

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  2. SilverFoxyBlog.org SilverFoxyBlog.org says

    How about Helen Mirren?

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  3. Shannon Ingram Shannon Ingram says

    @SilverFoxy – YES, I can’t believe I forgot to mention the FABULOUS and beautiful Helen Mirren!  Thanks!

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  4. Eularee Eularee says

    My MIL is 91 and still colors her hair red. I have come to love my grey hair and although 30 years younger than her, she nags me to color the grey! At this point, that would mean every hair on my head. No thanks! Is there really a defining moment when we feel beautiful rather than worry about looking beautiful? I don’t know if it is skin deep or in the eye of the beholder but I do know that candlelight is your friend!

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    • Shannon Ingram Shannon Ingram says

      Love that question about a “defining moment” when we feel beautiful, Eularee. Hmmm.  Some days I feel absolutely beautiful, especially BECAUSE I am 60, not in spite of it. And of course there are others when…not so much!  Ah, but yes, candlelight is always my friend!!!  Thanks!!!

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  5. Sienna Jae Fein Sienna Jae Fein says

    I, too, like Eularee’s “defining moment” — but in my case, those moments come and go. Some days you can believe you’re a goddess, but other times you pass the mirror and say “Who can that old lady be?” :-)  

    One has to look at aging with humor and gratitude, and a belief in one’s capacity for ”beautifulness”. 

    Healthy long term relationships flourish because lovers continue to seem beautiful to each other as time goes by. On my mother’s 84th birthday, my father turned to me and said in an earnest voice that could have come from a besotted college boy, “Isn’t she just beautiful?” 

    When a woman has that kind of loving support, what People mag says is manifestly irrelevant.    

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  6. Generic Image wonderwoman says

    I just today decided to stop dying my hair and let the gray come. I’ll soon be 66 yrs. old. One friend told me I should never let the grays be seen, but I think I’m willing to go ‘au natural’. I’m on vacation the entire month of August, so it seems a perfect time. How did others of you do this? I feel quite perplexed about all of this.

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    • SilverFoxyBlog.org SilverFoxyBlog.org says

      Definitely go gray, look for my blog Grey or Silver…..Who Makes The Choice, here on vibrant nation. I gave the method that worked the best for me. I have had gray hair now for 15 years and I have never regretted the decision to stop coloring my hair. Let me know how it works for you. Good luck!

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      • Shannon Ingram Shannon Ingram says

        @SilverFoxy…I will definitely go gray sometime. My mom did it in her 70′s and she looked so beautiful. And look at both Helen Mirren and Queen Elizabeth II – they carry off gray with style. I’m not quite ready yet…but soon.

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  7. Generic Image Darcy09 says

    Generally speaking, no.  It is in my eyes and I just keep on keeping on.  There “ain’t no cure” for old age and it hurts mostly.  I am with Betty Davis who said “old age is not for sissies”.  After a certain age (mine is 66) it seems I am just doing “end of life” planning.  Purge the fabric, yarn, closet, etc.  Not enough time left to finish all projects.  Not enough places to go to necessitate purchase of shoes, tops, etc.  Too much make-up for years left.  Ratios are not in my favor.  I do have time for politics and religion and continue to care about that and love my family and swimming.  Blond hair that is lighter and lighter, cannot imagine gray, can imagine white.  Funny how the mind works, breat cancer surgery in 1995 and in 2012 finally bought a fake boob. Go figure — not where was I planning to wear it???   Have 15 years experience with a t-shirt only.  Had the ever-increasing boob reduced, still no bra — now a have a boob and the bra for it — whatever was I thinking??

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    • Shannon Ingram Shannon Ingram says

      @thricedivorced, I love the humor in your post. And I bet there are others who can relate to everything you say about “end of life” planning, the boob(s) and too much make-up.  Honestly, my dad, who passed away two weeks shy of his 90th birthday, woke up every morning and loudly proclaimed from his bed, “OLD AGE SUCKS!” He made us laugh and then he laughed too.  Humor is so important. Glad you have your sense intact!  Hang in there!

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  8. Eularee Eularee says

    For me it was always about the time, money and aggravation of having to keep up the ritual. It seemed so much easier to embrace my new hair color, no muss, no fuss.

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  9. Generic Image lorele says

    I just turned 63 on Jun 23 2012 and my party coincided with my first granddaughter’s high school graduation. I love this process of aging and every time I look at myself in the mirror, I see some wrinkles here and there, and my skin sags a little bit, but I feel beautiful and my husband and friends tells me so. If I have the source and guts to do some surgery, I’d like it to be my under eye skin that starts to sag. Otherwise, I love my looks and will continue to grow old gracefully…..

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  10. Catalina031 Catalina031 says

    Did you miss the memo?  Women over age 59 are supposed to just throw on the 2 piece jogging suit, head to their CVS to pick up their denture cream and then home to the rocker!  NOT!  Regardless of what the media would like us to think with MAC including Iris Apfel in their ad campaign and a seriously over photoshopped Cyndi Lauper women over a “certain age” continue to be ignored by cosmetics companies and retail.  At 61 I have given up on finding a publication geared toward my demographic and have started my own YouTube channel for beauty over 60.  I have yet to be plumped, phloofed, filled or cut to look younger than my biological age and would adore to have anyone who is interested to subscribe and join me in my craziness :) I have wrinkles (face, knees and elbows LOL) and I have worked to deserve every one of them.  I do what I think is reasonable to take care of my skin, take care of my health, stay in shape and try to look my best but life is too darn short to spend it stuck in a med spa, gym, plastic surgeons office or mirror. Women absolutely can be beautiful over age 59!   Love your post but please don’t be angry anymore. Stress raises cortisol levels which is not good for our skin nor our health and the PEOPLE staff are just not worth it :)

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