Gray Matters

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By Emili Vesilind Special to the Los Angeles Times The brighter side of gray hair A movement is underway as everyday women forgo hair dyes and let their locks go gray. Washing that gray right out of your hair (to borrow from the famous song) is no longer a mandatory part of getting older. So asserts a growing cadre of … [Read more...]

Going Gray: Not a Black and White Matter

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Courtesy of genetics, my hair started graying in my late teens. At that point, I had already been initiated into the world of coloring my hair. At 14, I experimented with Sun-In that transformed my bangs brassy orange. Then, I used facial bleach to whiten a thick strip of my shoulder-length hair … [Read more...]

Face It! What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change, The Book

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Appreciating Your Value as You Age by Catherine Saint Louis at the NY Times Aging is an indiscriminate leveler. You might have been a shapely bombshell who made heads turn. You might have honed your intellect and résumé and let looks take a backseat. Still, most of us will pass a mirror one day and wonder who is that … [Read more...]

Hollywood Now Seeks Authenticity

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A Little Too Ready for Her Close-Up? by Laura M. Holson at The New York Times   It took years for Hollywood to create the perfect woman. Now it wants the old one back. In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood's attitude toward breast implants, Botox, … [Read more...]

Is “Bo-Tax” Unfair to Women Who Want Their Looks to Compete?

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Feminism's Face-Lift Alexandra Suich, The Nation Can a tax on breast enhancements and liposuction be channeled to benefit the public good? During the Senate's debates over who should bear the cost of the nearly $900 billion healthcare bill, there emerged a surprising suggestion: plastic surgery patients. A proposed … [Read more...]

Cougars: Unfortunately Coming to a Town Near You

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Today in reference to Demi Moore, someone jokingly asked me, "What do you have against cougars?" My response? "I'm all for cougars, but let's just call them what they are, grown ass women who own their sexuality, are comfortable in their skin and deserve to be celebrated and not demonized as desperate predators." … [Read more...]

Meet the Real Woman on Glamour’s p. 194

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What happens when the editor-in-chief of a woman's magazine actually shows a real woman as she really is? She gets nearly 1000 comments on her blog that express joy and relief. Unlike Lucy Danziger from Self Magazine, let's hope that Cindi Leive, Glamour Magazine's editor takes heed to what her readers (not her advertisers) really … [Read more...]

The Old and Tired

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I love this letter from an LA Times reader about the representation of older folks in the media in general, and specifically in Disney's latest film UP. Just like jokes about fat people, those who are older always seem to be the target of bad writers who have have to rely on stereotypes to get easy laughs. So uninspired and tired! … [Read more...]

Huff Post Highlights Beautiful Older Women

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It's soooo refreshing to see older women appear in the media, and be celebrated for their beauty as well. If more older women were shown on TV and in film, maybe we all wouldn't be so terrified of aging gracefully. Thanks Leslie M. M. Blume for your timely Huffington post. 6 Of The World's Most Beautiful Older Women I just saw … [Read more...]