AgingOrganic Video Essay:
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
I’ve pondered the beauty and grace of people growing old. It occurs to me that in the process of aging, older people often begin to radiate in mystical and magical ways. The character, attitudes and charm of older generations illuminate an artistry that is as seductive as it is entrancing. Simply stated, old people rock.
How would you describe these ageless beauties? I see the intrigue and magnetism glowing from their faces and from their body language as well.
I begin to think of all the celebrated adjectives that come to mind when I look at people growing old: radiant, spirited, sexy, confident, sassy, stylish, wise, electric, colorful, chic, vibrant, coordinated, feisty, bold, seasoned and oh so cool. The list goes on. No need to wax poetic. Ageless beauty is a standalone marvel.
Case in point. Meet Bo Gilbert, 100 year-old model from Vogue’s May 2016 Centenary Edition. Vogue wants to challenge ageism in the fashion industry and prove that, ‘the older generation can be fearlessly stylish.’ We couldn’t agree more.
Vogue selected Gilbert because of her grace, poise and flair for fashion. “I just suit myself. I certainly don’t dress up for boys.” Gilbert wears heels and make-up everyday whether she’s going out or not. When asked about her style, she said: ‘I do things that I think a lot of people wouldn’t do at my age. I always like to keep myself looking quite decent, even if I wasn’t going out. I try to keep the standards up’. Bravo!
With so many people growing old, where has society gone astray? When did we start to believe that beauty and allure become elusive as people age? What explains our cultural obsession with youthfulness? Why are we so enamored with weapons of anti-aging? How can we learn to embrace ourselves and the glory of old age?
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
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