Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Being a 51-Year-Old Runway Model

Women in suburbs all across America, like those on the reality shows "The Real Housewives of Orange County," "Atlanta" or "New York," are probably calling agents right now to see if they too can be the next 50ish runway model in the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week next year. The women above are already on stage 24/7 and often appear to be in competition with their teenage daughters. Anorexia in middle-aged women is increasing.

Yes, this runway model, Inès de la Fressange, is indeed beautiful, as are many women of her age and beyond are with more or less body mass or wrinkles. I have known them all of my entire life. But really, do we want to perpetuate the image of the pubescent runway model indefinitely? Although the picture below is hardly that, more than a few of the women in the aforementioned reality shows appear to be just blossoming into womanhood. What a contorted image, eh?

There is no hating here. This is a beautiful woman for sure. The question for me still remains if we want to focus on the exterior all of our lives, not that we have to let go of ourselves at a certain age either. This I am most certainly not advocating for women or men. Perhaps just the image of beauty and health alone are inspiring for some. This I could not knock.

Who wants to be a 51-year-old runway model? Do you?

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