JLo. Madonna. Cher.
What do they have in common? Besides being known by one name? These celebs are in fabulous shape at age 40. And 50. And 60+.
It got us thinking, maybe to look good we need to launch a world concert tour.
The very idea of parading around in fishnets and a leather jacket before millions of people may be what it takes to inspire us to hit the gym.
Then there’s country singer Faith Hill, who posed in a bikini on the cover of Shape magazine to celebrate her 41st birthday. Good for you, girlfriend. We don’t know anyone that age who would wear a bikini to the mailbox, let alone have her picture taken in a skimpy suit. Not even for Cellulite Monthly.
Aging gracefully isn’t easy. Some days just walking gracefully isn’t easy. But there are plenty of QuirkOut ideas for embracing the aging process before it embraces you.
GRAY, GRAY, GO AWAY
The incident happened while Julianne was picking up her son after elementary school. “Bobby! Your grandma’s here to take you home,” shouted her boy’s classmate (whom we’ll call Dennis the Menace to protect his identity).
Exasperated, she immediately called her hairdresser to make an appointment for color. “Honey,” he said, “It’s a recession. Save your money. Call it tinsel and call it a day.”
Julianne realized he was right. There’s so much maintenance time and expense involved, and she just wasn’t ready to commit. Besides, going natural clearly works for Betty White, one of the hippest actresses around.
Today, Julianne holds steadfast to her QuirkOut resolution to stop fighting nature and accept her silver strands – and keep fighting her temptation to kick Dennis the Menace in the shins.
Comedian Kathy Griffin, 51, is not one to mince words. In an article in The Huffington Post, Griffin said, “Ageism in Hollywood is getting worse. At this rate, a woman is going to be considered over-the-hill if she’s not a fetus.”
Her advice to age-conscious women? Don’t lie about your age. Be proud.
Easy for you to be “proud” Kathy, especially when your Hollywood plastic surgeon did such a great job “freshening” your look with a nose job, brow lift, teeth veneers, Botox, facial peel and liposuction.
Sorry Kathy, but we’re going to keep our age private.
Whether you’ve “had work” done or you just work hard to look good, what do you say when someone is uncouth enough to ask your age? Try this QuirkOut reply: “Only my mother and my trophy husband know.” That ought to fend off any follow-up questions.
HEAD IT OFF
A woman goes through a phase when her face has a midlife crisis. Wrinkles have firmly established themselves in prime real estate, but PMS-induced pimples still rear their ugly heads.
Chelsea, at 40-something, was tired of dragging her toddlers into the benzoyl peroxide aisle to buy the same zit zapping cream she used more than two decades ago. And she doesn’t appreciate the looks from teens with their flat tummies and skinny jeans buying the exact same Clearasil.
One day she saw the beginning of a Guinness Record-sized pimple, smack dab in the middle of her forehead. It was the day of her high school reunion. Chelsea made a QuirkOut choice to camouflage it, but not with the skin-toned concealer you’d expect. Instead, she applied liquid eyeliner to disguise it as a mole.
“If Cindy Crawford can be so gorgeous with a mole on her face, so can I,” Chelsea said. Which is true, of course.