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What does 50 look like?

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

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There has been some discussion on this topic over on the Fab after Fifty Facebook page. It started when I posted a quote ‘ The difference between being invisible over 50 and Fabulous over 50 is mindset’. Very simple, and I had not foreseen anything controversial in the statement. What did cause the controversy however, was the image I had posted. I had selected an image of a vibrant woman running on a beach.

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The first comment on this post was somebody criticising the image – saying ‘Any chance you could use photos etc that are more representative of women over 50 ? The woman in this picture looks around 35 to me.’

To me the image selected was a fair representation of what a woman over 50 looks like today.

I always try to choose images that reflect my own friendship circle – I have friends ranging from their early 50s to their 70s (I’m 60). I am very aware that when selecting images women at 50 are a decade younger than I am.

What happened next ?

Individual women started to post images of themselves proudly stating their ages. I have embedded the full post . How fabulous that women can share their age proudly .

With A list celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock all now in their 50s, does this help to challenge outdated perceptions?

When you think of a woman over 50- whose image comes to mind?


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.

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