Did anyone notice how stunning the over-50 crowd looked at the 2013 Golden Globes?
Even with Meryl Streep out with the flu (yes, she is no longer the only gracefully aging woman in Hollywood!) there were many others — Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Kathryn Bigelow and Julianne Moore — to name just a few. And whatever people thought of Jodie Foster's speech, no one would argue she glowed as she declared, "I am 50!" These women not only looked great, but they looked great for their age.
And I'm not referring to their glamorous clothes or chic hairstyles (no doubt a lot goes into being 'camera-ready' for this or any award ceremony), but rather it was their confidence and vitality that caught my eye. More importantly, it was the noteworthy absence of those distorted, frozen faces that we have become so accustomed to seeing among celebrities. For that alone, they deserve an award!
Refreshingly, everyday women appear to be following suit. Your average midlife female — once so anxious about looking old or too discouraged to care — is coming to grips with aging in a youth-obsessed culture. Something fundamental is shifting; anti-aging seems out, while looking great for one's age is in. Here are some reasons that explain this welcome trend:
Which is all to say, rather than fighting the aging process, more women seem to be coming to terms with it. They are redefining what it means to be beautiful — at age 50, 60 and beyond — and are wearing that new definition proudly on their faces. What a relief. What a positive outlook for future generations of women to come. It's about time!
What do you think midlife women are feeling and thinking about their appearance these days?
Join me in a panel discussion about "Healthy Aging; Inside and Out" with dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day and gynecologist, Dr. Rebecca Brightman at 6:30 PM on February 12th at the 92nd Street Y in N.Y.C.
Vivian Diller, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in New York City. She serves as a media expert on various psychological topics and as a consultant to companies promoting health, beauty and cosmetic products. Her book, "Face It: What Women Really Feel As Their Looks Change" (2010), edited by Michele Willens, is a psychological guide to help women deal with the emotions brought on by their changing appearances. For more information, please visit my website at www.VivianDiller.com; and continue the conversation on Twitter @ DrVDiller.
Follow Vivian Diller, Ph.D. on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DrVDiller