The last couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least. The buzz around town is that 40+ women are becoming more vocal about ageism. Hollywood A-listers are ditching their dye jobs in favor of silver tresses, while some have been busy creating skincare lines.
Three weeks ago Ellen De Generes launched her skincare line, Kind Science which is all about aging positively. The sixty three year old talk show host decided to develop her own line after trying numerous brands. De Generes said, “Kind Science isn’t about anti-aging because aging is a good thing, it shows you’ve lived a lot, learned a lot, and hopefully laughed a lot. I want to keep laughing, just with fewer laugh lines and wrinkles!”
Andie Mac Dowell was seen sporting her grey mane on the red carpet during the 2021 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. In a recent interview with InStyle Magazine Mac Dowell spoke candidly about her red carpet look, “I really liked my last look at the Cannes Film Festival in July, when I debuted my silver hair. It was really important to me because my transformation helped me accept my authentic, true self.”
The actress has been the longest serving spokesperson for the cosmetic conglomerate L’Oréal, with just over thirty five years of service. I find it wonderful that she is using her platform to promote age positivity, and open the door to inclusivity for 40+ women.
In other news, Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted by paparazzi while incognito on a lunch date last week. The internet was in an uproar, because SJP was ‘au natural’ with a head full of grey hair. People had a hard time digesting that their beloved Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica parker) was indeed grey.
Sarah just featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine wearing her signature blond highlights. Her new show, And Just Like That is scheduled to debut December 9, 2021 on HBO Max.
Sarah unlike Andie Mac Dowell, had not chosen to reveal her silver locks under the watchful eye of the camera. But instead chose to go ‘au natural’ on a casual lunch date with friends. Either way, it does not excuse the negative comments she received for her personal choices.
Too much pressure has been placed on women to remain perfect, and we are constantly placed under scrutiny. Women aren’t allowed to age, and are sometimes looked down upon because of it. I can only imagine what it must be like for women in Hollywood. It must be extremely difficult keeping up the image of staying ‘youthful’, when your under the watchful gaze of the camera.
I am happy that celebrities are choosing to be their authentic selves. We need more women in Hollywood to embrace aging in order to successfully change the narrative. Once more celebrities wear their silver tresses or speak out against ageism then we’ll gain more ground. And no, I’m not saying that there hasn't been any other age-positive actresses in the past. What I am saying is that we need to normalize grey hair, wrinkles, and the aging process in general. The more women that use their platform to speak out, the better. So when Sarah Jessica Parker discreetly comes out of her home for an afternoon lunch, they’ll talk about what she's wearing as opposed to her grey hair.
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