Welcome to Fab after Fifty

At Fab after Fifty we are passionate about women over fifty making the best of their lives. There has never been a better time to be 50! We'd love you to join in the conversation. Be Seen. Be Heard. Don’t be invisible. Be Fab after Fifty!

Join Free Today!

Join Our Community Today

Join a community of like-minded women making the second half of life the best half! The Fab after Fifty community is all about informing, sharing and inspiring.

It’s always good to share with friends- old and new, so why not make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and join in the conversation.

Get Started!

Style

Check out our latest style tips and picks to look fabulous over 50!

It’s always good to share with friends- old and new, so why not make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and join in the conversation.

Style

Diet and Fitness

The latest in nutrition and fitness to be healthy over 50!

Diet & Fitness

Beauty

Tips to look best possible fabulous YOU!

Beauty

Career

Whether you're setting up a business or looking for employment, make sure you're marketable over 50

Career

Does Madonna posing topless at 56 make her a good bad role model for women over 50?


Article by Ceri Wheeldon

madonna image

Does Madonna posing topless at 56 make her a good or  bad role model for women over 50?

This is the question I was asked to address as part of a discussion on BBC Radio Tees earlier today. Madonna posed in various states of undress in a series of photos for Interview magazine as she was interviewed by David Blaine.

The photos have been hugely discussed in the press and have certainly gained Madonna the attention she so obviously craves – but in terms of being a role model – well here’s my personal take on this.

Madonna could have tried to gain column inches for making a great new record or giving a stunning film performance – instead she chose to pose topless. For me this is a far easier route for her to take. It would have been far more positive had she demonstrated that she can deliver something through talent – so many women over 50 are setting up businesses, travelling the world, writing books, creating events for charities – all far more constructive than posing topless.

Madonna is not typical of most 56 year olds

The photos themselves appear to have been heavily photoshopped – if Madonna had truly wanted to be a positive role model then surely she could have insisted that the images NOT be photoshopped. Also, given the rumoured amount of ‘work’ Madonna is rumoured to have had done, she is not typical of many 56 year olds. The fact that Madonna has been happy to promote similar images earlier in her career does not enable her to present this set as something new – she’s done it before. To me is comes across as being desperate for attention. Interestingly in this et of photos she is wearing gloves in most of them and she has often received comments in the past for having ‘older’ looking hands – perhaps Madonna is sensitive about her hands showing her true age.

We do need to challenge and change perceptions of women over 50 in the media, I’m just not sure that this is the way to go about it .

Overall I’m not sure that in posing for these photos at 56 Madonna is embracing her age or trying to deny it. What do you think – positive or negative?

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterGoogle PlusYouTube

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Add a comment

Skip to toolbar