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  1. Style over 50: Are we in the Golden Age of Fashion as models over 50 hit the catwalk?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When I first started Fab after Fifty one of the biggest gripes from people reading my posts was that there were no 50plus models –  with models wearing clothes deemed ‘appropriate’ for our age group being worn on the catwalk and advertising features by young, stick thin models. They would look very different if we were to wear them. But is that finally starting to change? A number of brands are starting to listen – and recognise our spending power.  There are campaigns for ‘real women’ to model collections, and at New York Fashion Week a number of 50plus models took the catwalk by storm- and they all looked fabulous. High profile designers used models ranging in age up to...
  2. As Jennifer Aniston turns 50, will this help change perceptions of age ?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Happy 50th birthday to Jennifer Aniston. Welcome to the Fan after Fifty club! As Jen celebrates her half century, there are a number of other high profile starts who will also turn 50 this year, including Cate Blanchet, Jennifer Lopez, Rene Zellweger and Gwen Stefani. I’m sure none of them are intending to fade into the background and adopt the invisibility cloak any time soon!! With so many  vibrant  ‘A listers’ reaching this landmark birthday, will this help challenge perceptions of what women over 50 today are really like?  Julia Roberts , Sarah Jessica Parker and Sandra Bullock are all over 50.  Will the media and society start to see us as we see ourselves? When...
  3. Going outside of my comfort zone to be an extra in the film ‘Great in Britain’

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Sometimes you get an invitation that places you completely out of your comfort zone. I am always saying that we should be open to trying new things over 50, and so when I was asked by friend in the film industry if I would be an extra in a film he was shooting in London I found myself saying yes. All I had to do was show up at a jazz club in London at 8am dressed in a cocktail dress and then follow direction!! It was a fascinating day seeing how much effort went into a relatively short piece of footage.  After having my make up done I was asked to sit at a table with one of...
  4. What are your biggest fears when it comes to getting older?

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    What are your biggest fears when it comes to getting older? This is a discussion I was having recently, and what became apparent was that although some of the things we may worry about are inevitable – other aspects are within our control to manage or change. These are just some of the fears of ageing that came up , which do you have, and which others would you add to the list? Fears of getting older Fear of ill health – particularly dementia. Feeling that life was passing by but not knowing where to start to make changes Worrying about money and not being able to afford to retire Worried about ageism in the workplace – especially with the increase in pension age and having to work for...
  5. What are the Life Lessons we learn by the time we reach our 50s?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was asked a series of questions on this topic as part of a ‘Your Lifetime Lessons’ campaign. FiftyLife asked the UK’s over 50s to name their proudest lifetime achievements, learnings, and their hopes for future generations. From their survey of 2,000 people, they collected the most common regrets as well as ambitions for what people are still hoping to achieve in later life. 60% said they have regrets in life, many also named what they think are the best things to achieve. Most of the regrets centred around things that they hadn’t done, such as travelling more, as opposed to results of actions they had taken. What are the lessons I have learned at this stage in my life? ...
  6. Was Marilyn Monroe ahead of her time? Up Close with Marilyn : Portraits by Milton H. Greene review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon © The Archives LLC / Iconic Images We are in the age of selfies and personal branding, but the world in the 1950s was very different, and within the Hollywood studio system actresses were expected to have the studio determine their profile, and manage their public image. I was invited to an exhibition in London by Proud Galleries where photographs of Marilyn by photographer Milton H. Greene were on display. Marilyn Monroe met celebrity photographer Milton Greene at a photo shoot in 1953. Unhappy with her dumb blonde image being cultivated within the studio system, Marilyn extricated herself from her contract, and set up a production company with Greene. With more than 50 photo sessions (and two films) together, some of the most iconic...
  7. Are women over 50 pressured to lie or hide their age in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I realise that the image that I have chosen is a bit extreme – but with all the changes in pension legislation, and with women in Europe on average accumulating 40% less pension than their male counterparts –  it is quite possible that some of us will never be able to retire ! So, can we be open about our age at work – and does it make a difference as to whether we are employed or self-employed? I took part in a discussion yesterday on the topic of the impact of the menopause on women in the workplace.  It was suggested that if women in senior positions in corporates would be open to being interviewed on this topic, and those interviews...
  8. Do the 2018 Oscars show that Hollywood has grown up?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon How fabulous to see fabulous women over 50 being acknowledged at the Oscars. I loved Allison Janney’s interview on the red carpet, ahead of the awards ceremony where she acknowledged being a late bloomer, and said how she was excited about the number of great roles coming through for older actresses. As  Allison gained her first  Oscar nomination (and win) at the age of 58, she is a symbol of why it is never too late to succeed and excel in your career – and she is certainly not invisible over 50. I loved her as C.J.  Cregg in the West Wing – and am thrilled that she now has the recognition she deserves. Frances McDormand won her second Oscar for her role...
  9. What are the worst gifts you can give a woman over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon What are the best and worst Christmas presents to but a woman over 50? I was invited to participate in a BBC  radio programme where the topic was what  Christmas presents to buy  for women over 50. I decided to post the question about what people thought of as best and worst presents on social media ahead of going onto the programme – let’s just say that a pattern emerged – and it became apparent as to why some of the gift givers are now exes!! Most of those gifts on the ‘worst’ list seemed to be related to domestic chores  –  it seems that in some relationships the role of women is well defined! So what items made the ‘worst’ gifts list? The ‘misses’: A...
  10. Why I set up Fab after Fifty: a quick video

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    Article and video by Ceri Wheeldon It is hard to believe that I launched Fab after Fifty 8 years ago, not having a clue about websites, social media, seo, but armed with a passion to take a stand and make a difference. To create a community where like-minded women over 50 could come together to inform, inspire and share and be both fabulous AND visible. I was so frustrated at the media portrayal of women over 50 being so far removed at the way we see ourselves, and as a headhunter, the way that women over 50 were being discriminated against in the workplace. Over the 8 years the time I have had to invest in Fab after Fifty has been inconsistent , with various life events and activities taking priority over my computer screen, but my passion for highlighting the power and...
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