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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.