On the blog The Online Stylist, blogger Amanda Start is responding to an article in which some magazine fashion guy named John Januzzi questions how long people should people should continue style blogging. Januzzi is quoted as saying:
“Everyone out there has some kind of expiration date. What happens when a personal-style blogger wakes up and she’s 35 and not the cute 20-year-old girl in Brooklyn anymore?”Granted, Januzzi was talking specifically about blogging. And mine is not really a style blog. But his remarks struck me as extremely age-ist and frankly, ignorant. I wrote this comment on Amanda's post (and by the way, Amanda took issue with Januzzi's comments as well):
"Expiration date"? Absolutely not!
That cute 20 year old is not going to "wake up one day" and be 35...she's going to evolve in the space of 15 years, and most probably be better and more beautiful at 35 than she was at 20. (Unless she takes the route of excessive alcohol, tobacco and tanning and makes herself old before her time, of course.)
I'm in my 50s, and determined to be the best "woman of a certain age" that I can be. I'm one of MANY over 40 bloggers who still care about beauty and fashion.
My friend Patti writes a blog called Not Dead Yet Style, and she hosts a blog link-up called "Visible Monday," so titled because women of our age often think we have to accept being invisible.
Does that guy really think women should stop caring about these things because they're maturing? Hogwash!
That sounds like a bunch of age-ist nonsense to me.
Even the most gorgeous 20 year old is getting older by the minute. At some point she'll have to decide if she wants to just let herself go, or make a conscious decision to be the best woman of ANY age that she can be.
Yes, it means accepting flaws that aren't going to go away. But it also means putting equal focus on inner beauty as you do outer beauty.
What do you think?
Again, Januzzi was talking about style blogging. But I'd love to know what you think. Should women put themselves on the shelf, beauty and fashion-wise, when they get older? I'm still boggled that he implied that 35 is in any way old, by the way. Sheeesh.