Monday, July 27, 2015

Women Over 50 or 60 or 70 or....Part 4

While still of the subject of aging gracefully, I came across this article about the

What can we learn from this amazing lady?
Her modeling career has literally spanned seven decades. Selfe appears in the new ad campaign for TK Maxx (the UK's answer to TJ Maxx). 
Selfe began modeling in the 1950s and after a lengthy period out of the business returned in 1998 at the age of 70.
She is still modeling for various magazines at the age of 87.
She is undoubtedly the poster child for aging gracefully.
"I've never had anything done to my face.  Not that poison, not a face-lift.  I think it's a waste of money. Anyway, I couldn't afford it!"

So how on earth does she do it, remain so fit, so amazing!
Ms. Selfe's "secret" to success and longevity?
‘I think it’s partly down to good genes. My mother was a livewire, she lived until she was 95. I’ve never really bothered with skin cream or anything like that.  I walk, do yoga, eat well and stay active."
 "I did dye my hair at home for a while when I started to go grey in my early 40s, but it became too much of a bother." 
For a woman who has spent a lifetime in front of the camera, Daphne is surprisingly without vanity. 

"My hair is long now because it’s cheaper, I don’t have to do anything, but put it in a topknot or a French pleat. It avoids that old lady permed look, lengthens the neck and lifts the face. I’ve got so many friends who don’t touch the make-up pot. You should keep looking nice, it makes you feel so much better."
“I think I have been curious, positive, and am lucky to have good genes.  I have always tried new things and never been afraid to experiment.  I have been taught to have a professional attitude and good work ethic. I'm always genuinely interested in every person I work with and I think that helps too.”

"Keep learning new things, never be bored, read books and see films outside your favorites, travel when you can, pick up a new (or old) hobby. These habits make us feel engaged and more alive."

'Women are too sloppy these days, they simply don't look in the mirror. Leggings and skinny jeans — just dreadful!'

 You might enjoy seeing this interview with Daphne Selfe from a few days ago regarding her new book, The Way We Wore.
What can you take from this beautiful older woman to enrich your aging years?


  1. Goodness, wish I had the guts to try out her philosophy of grey hair but doubt that's going to happen and no skin care. My goodness, how much easier our lives would be. Interesting!

  2. Well this was certainly very interesting....sometimes I think way more of it then we would like comes down to genes....I've seen women who wrinkled VERY early even though they have always taken very careful care of their skin, and women who don't do much and hardly wrinkle at all. My mom was a perfect example....NEVER....looked her age...people were always amazed at her age. But then she kept her hair modern [I think it takes a super model to be able to pull of long grey hair and look soo good....goodness I'd look a fright! lol] and she watched her weight and kept in shape and dressed SOOO nice. She was beautiful....I on the other hand have few wrinkles [inherited that as I don't do much] color and do my hair regularly, have regular mani's and pedi's, and TRY to dress appropriately, and never leave my house anyway without my make-up on, but sadly that'a where it ends...I am much more interested in comfort, and really just can't be too bothered with fashion and clothes and jewelry and accessories and the like. I am too lazy to exercise much [and hurt too bad truthfully] and do the most I can which isn't too much beyond stretching..I did ALOT before arthritis..but truthfully because I sincerely enjoyed it not because I was thinking I'd benefit from it, lol [does that count? lol] I guess What I am trying to say is I DO care, but not enough I suppose, lol. My weight for sure is bad NOT so much because of how it looks [which is bad!] but because it is soo unhealthy...but its hard because I need to exercise more and some days I am lucky I get around, and my wardrobe could use some serious sprucing up....any minute, lol....but! I did just find a wonderful under eye cream, and a new eye shadow I love, and love love love watching and looking at other women who care about it more then I do. Hopefully they will inspire me! lol Have a good week!

  3. Beautiful photos and great inspirations!

  4. Thank You, Elizabeth for posting this. I read about her the other day and she sure made me smile. I wish I could be brave like her, what a what Debbie said: I do not leave the house without makeup (in breaded, I think, smiles), hair not done, and so on. I do not wear leggings (ewww gross!! not at my age, wink) and so on.

    Again, thank you for posting such a inspirational post. It sure made me smile. Have a beautiful Monday.

  5. My husband won't let me go gray. I am curious to see how I would look with my natural gray. Also, I wear makeup when I go out, but around the house only sometimes. My husband is fine with that. He said he loves me no matter how I look, but I still shower every day, dress nice, fix my hair and sometimes wear makeup. It does make you feel better. I worked for 45 years and had to do all those things every day, and so it feels freeing not to "have to"! No leggings here. And I do care about my weight. I feel better at my proper weight.

  6. What wonderful lessons for us all! That's how to age in a beautiful way.

  7. She is beautiful and I like her attitude! I think eating healthy and staying active are very important, and something I need to work on more!


I do love reading your comments, so please share your thoughts with me.