Plastic Wrap–Turning Against Cosmetic Surgery

  Trend Line is Clear: Decline since 2004 By Margaret Morganroth Gullette It was a shock to find after I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from the side of my nose that I needed cosmetic surgery. I trusted my surgeon, and I trust she did as good a job as she could. But as I feared, the repair didn’t go well: the … [Read more...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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...]