According to Jess Cartner-Morley in The Guardian earlier this week, older models are coming back into fashion. Not that they really left, you understand, but now they appear to be getting much more high-profile work than ever before. Once where we’d guffaw at the idea of a 17-year-old model advertising a brand like Louis Vuitton – not exactly their target market – now we can look at the likes of Elle Macpherson and Christy Turlington and wonder why it took the fashion industry so long to do the right thing. Why did they spend years telling us that youth was so very important when a) it’s not, and b) only older women have the money required to buy a lot of that stuff anyway?
The really surprising thing about this article for me, was Cartner-Morley claiming that people started to look right through her on the street once she hit 34. I’m glad I’m not the sort of person who spends their time wondering if and why people are admiring them in public. If other people don’t appreciate my fabulous hair and shoes, why should I care? If other people think I’m too old… well, too old for what, exactly? I can pretty much guarantee that I’m having a lot more fun, plus getting a lot more sex and love, than anyone who would dare suggest that I should stay out of their line of sight now I’m in my mid 30s.
As Depeche Mode once said, people are people. What they should have said after that was, deal with it.