Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

Elderly couple on beach

By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

Older Leading Ladies and the Evolution of Hollywood

Photograph by: Handout, Disney via the Montreal Gazette

Between 2003 and 2009, the number of roles for older women in film and on television more than doubled. Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times wrote: According to the Screen Actors Guild, in 2003 women older than 40 accounted for 11 percent of the female film and TV roles (excluding reality shows); by 2009 that number was up to … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on Aging

Taken from the Dove Pro-Age Campaign

By Cherry Woodburn at The Mother Load These days, and for many years now, I can say with ease: • I’m smart. • I'm confident in my abilities. • I’m a good problem solver. • I say no. • I make friends easily. • I’m willing to take risks. • I’m worth showering myself with self-care. • I’ve learned to tame my inner … [Read more...]

View Your Body As If You Were 80

Irene Sinclair models for the Dove Campaign for Real Beuaty

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “What would your 80-year-old self say if she saw you right now?” I love this question. I thank Julie M. Green for posing it in her piece at Real Zest. Do you believe when you reach 80 that you’ll look back of photos of yourself at 20, 30, 40 or even 50 and think: … [Read more...]

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


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

Photo by Matthew Richardson, The NY Times

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?

AP Images

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


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...]