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Nancy Dell’Olio says she looks 30 at 50- Would You Want to Turn the Clock back?

Article by Fabafterfifty

In today’s Sunday Times Nancy Dell’Olio talks about how as she approaches 50 she looks 30, and intends to stay that way until she’s 70!  Hardly a wallflower,  in the article, Nancy  talks about how others have always found her ‘fascinating’.

Whilst admiring Nancy’s self confidence ( by the bucket load!) I can’t help but think that it’s sad that someone feels they need 48 hours a day just to take care of how they look!

Surely at 50 or 60  or 70 we should be aiming to be the best we can be at 50 (or 60 or 70) not trying to relive how we were at 30!

I’m all for taking care of my skin , hair and general appearance –  although even my husband would agree that I’m low maintenance in that respect. I eat healthily (don’t exercise as much as I should!)  but  I’m far too busy living my life to dwell on trying to look 20 years younger that my age. I think its enthusiasm and constantly embracing new things which helps keep us ‘young’.

If anyone else read the original  article in the Times  I’d love to hear your views!


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  1. SisterSnogger

    June 12, 2011

    Totally agree! Why not simply embrace the age you are. After all life’s too short to spend that much time on my appearance. Don’t get me wrong I’m totally pro looking after yourself. I exercise regularly, eat well and like to look my best wherever possible. However like you I’m far too busy enjoying life to be that high maintenance.

  2. Julie C

    June 15, 2011

    Nancy D has a very high opinion of herself and clearly doesn’t see herself as others do, She is in great shape and is always well groomed and well dressed. However, to say she looks 30 years old is complete nonesense, she looks her age, infact I am 51 years old and I thought she was older than me.

  3. Andy OC

    June 17, 2011

    I think the whole article was faintly disgusting. Nancy Dell’Olio came across as a vile, self-obsessed fool. Utterly vapid and self-absorbed.

    • amanda

      June 22, 2011

      I live in Italy…have done for the last 20 years. Believe me there area an awful lot of Nancy dell’Olios here. Blowing your own trumpet is par for the course in Italian culture, as is being obsessed with the body beautiful. Any self-ironic comment is met with blank stares. You can imagine how well a British sense of humour goes down here (right down the tube).
      I agree with Andy’s comments. Don’t find Nancy a very pleasant person at all…a bit manipulative, definitely self-absorbed and molto attenta alla forma non la sostanza….
      Amanda x

  4. John

    September 26, 2011

    She’s clearly gone to town on “the image”. With very little effort you can find many images of her where she looks far older than in the latest images being pushed at us. I don’t deny she looks good in the publicity shots for strictly, but it’s clearly not down to a simple case of slowing down the clock. She’s been taking some serious steps to wind it backwards, whether with botox or other wrinkle hiders. BTW, anyone else think her bust is looking somewhat fuller than in the first pics we used to see of her with Sven?

  5. Jo Carroll

    November 23, 2011

    So agree – there’s so much to celebrate about being older, she would serve the cause of older people better by being proud of her age and energy, rather than buying into the youth-worshipping culture.

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      November 23, 2011

      Jo, I think its a sad refection that she needs to be valued for how she looks from a ‘youthful’ perspective- I agree that she should be celebrating what she has. As you so rightly say, Nancy has so much energy, which she could be channelling into something positive!

  6. TD Margaret

    July 10, 2012

    A presenter on my fave radio station calls her Nancy delusional and I think it’s a great and apt name. I didn’t see the article but agree with what you and others say. We owe it to ourselves to look as good as we can but at 65 I have far too many things to do and still want to do, to spend hours trying to look younger. All ages have advantages.
    Keep busy, have some younger friends and live life to the full is my advice.

  7. Monica

    September 10, 2013

    A sad woman indeed. I sat near her in a restaurant once. She was with two other women friends who she practically ignored whilst she text & tweeted throughout the meal. Something rather desperate about her. Not good.

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