I recently began selling Avon again and someone said to me, “You may have a hard time. Only old people buy Avon and they don’t really buy makeup anymore.” I couldn’t let it go…I just had to ask. “What’s old?” The person said very calmly, “People over 40.” I had to work hard to keep my hands to my side. In my mind, I saw one hand rising up and leaving five red marks across that young lady’s cheek!
Someone get the shovel and dig the hole! I’m 48 so I guess I’ll be in my final resting place soon.”
At age 40, you have just begun to live! You are wiser, more confident, have a better understanding of your own personal style, and can clearly communicate your likes and dislikes. Those of us over 40 have a sexiness…a sassiness…in us that didn’t exist 20 years ago. Can I get an amen?
To prove my point, let’s take a look at some “old” celebrities and see how they’ve aged. Each of these ageless elegant beauties is exceptionally attractive and wears…(get ready)…makeup!
Candace Cameron has been in many other roles, but to me, she’ll always be DJ Tanner from “Full House”. Yes, DJ Tanner is 40 now and looks great.
ANTM creator Tyra Banks still looks like a top model herself at age 43.
Did anyone else know that Cosby kid Vanessa Huxtable was over 40 now? Tempest Bledsoe is glowing!
Being “Mary Jane” star Gabrielle Union should also enjoy just being herself as well. At 44, she is stunning!
Now Fish Mooney on “Gotham”, Jada Pinkett Smith looks as good today at 45 as she did on the Cosby hit “A Different World” where she was cast as the sassy Lena James.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is flawless at 46.
Has this woman aged? Rapper/Singer/Actress/Producer/Model/Talk Show Host Queen Latifah is exceptionally talented and simply gorgeous at age 46. In fact, she has become more attractive over the years.
Jenny from the Block, aka J. Lo, looks wonderful at 46. I’m sure running after her adorable twins keeps her fit and feeling young!
Leah Remini, J. Lo’s bestie, is a young-looking 46. Some people remember her from “The King of Queens” but I remember has as Zack’s girlfriend on “Saved by the Bell”…and she looks the same!
Everyone knows Kelly Ripa from “Live With Kelly” (nee Michael and Regis). Does anyone else remember Kelly from “All My Children” as Haley Vaughn in the 1990s? Haley…er…Kelly, hasn’t changed much.
“Friends” star Jennifer Aniston is drop dead gorgeous at 47. She has been through so much and still smiles. I cannot be the only one routing and cheering for this woman!
Vanessa Marcil was always beautiful to me and has not aged since her days on “General Hospital” or “Beverly Hills 90210.” I can’t believe she’s 48!
No way! Actress Ashley Judd is 48 and is as pretty as she was when I first saw her in the movie “Kiss the Girls.”
Cosby kid Lisa Bonet is 49. The former Denise Huxtable has perfect cheek bones!
How does Halle Berry manage to look as fabulous at 50 as she did in her “Cat Woman” costume?
Another supermodel and ageless beauty…the beautiful Cindy Crawford at age 50 who still looks fabulous with her signature beauty mark/mole.
Salma Hayak looks exactly as she did when I first saw her in the movie “Fools Rush In.” However that was 20 YEARS AGO…she is now 50! That is hard to believe.
I was a HUGE fan of “The Facts of Life”. In fact, I wanted to be Blair! Lisa Whelchel is still as pretty as ever at 53.
I don’t care how many roles she has had since “A Different World,” Jasmine Guy will always be the rich, spoiled, annoying, Whitley Gilbert to me. Oh, how I loved that character! The southern belle is now 54.
Ageless TV and movie star Michelle Pfieffer is now 58. I will never forget her roles in “Scarface” and “Married to the Mob”. She is still lovely…and those eyes!
Supermodel and Uptown Girl Christie Brinkley makes 62 look sexy, doesn’t she? How does she manage to look this gorgeous? Wow!
Huh? Bern Nadette Stanis of “Good Times” fame is 63? Unbelievable! J.J.’s little sister Thelma still looks DYN-O-MITE!
How does Patti Labelle manage to have such flawless skin at age 72? She looks at least 20 years younger.
This is a bonus three-for-one! Who was not a “Charlie’s Angel” fan in the 70s? Here are the three original angels pictured together. Jaclyn Smith (left) is now 70 and hasn’t changed a bit. Kate Smith (right) is looking great at 68. (Sadly, Farrah Fawcett in the center died in 2009 at age 62.)
If Tina Turner has been rolling on the river, the fountain of youth must empty into it. The “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” singer is 77 and looks as if she still has those “Proud Mary” moves!
The always classy Diahann Caroll is unbelievably 81. She starred in Julia, the first weekly series to depict a Black woman in a nonsterotypical role. She continued in this vein, defying stereotypes, as Dominque Deveraux, Blake Carrington’s long-lost, black, half-sister on nighttime soap “Dynasty.” I’ll bet she still looks amazing in those gowns!
Lastly, how can we forget the lovely Betty White who will be 95 in just over a week? She is as witty and charming as ever and is wearing that stuff old people don’t wear…makeup!
To those of you who think ages 40 and over are old, you are sadly mistaken! We are living wonderful lives and there’s a market out there for fabulous women from their 40s through their 90s who want to continue to look and feel good! My Grandma Irene died in 2011 at age 91. She attended church regularly well into her late 80s, wearing her lipstick each Sunday.
My guess is that most women want to look and feel pretty. Over 40 doesn’t mean old. In fact some people say 40 is the new 20! If so, then 50 is the new 30, 60 is the new 40, etc. God, I love being 28!
Ponder this quote from a Huffington Post article titled “40 is the New 20”: “When you’re twenty, you live life without regrets. When you’re thirty, you have a lot of regrets. When you’re forty, you just live life.”
Gotta go now…I’m going to live life.