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  1. Do you agree that women are most confident about their bodies at the age of 52?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Women are the most confident about their bodies aged exactly 52 and two months, according to a new study. A poll of 3,000 adult women by myspecialk.co.uk found this was the age at which women said they felt most confident about their bodies, inside and out. It means 52 year olds such as actress Emma Thompson, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson may currently be feeling better about their looks and body than they did when they were younger. Speaking as someone who is 52 years and 3 months old, I can honestly say I am far more comfortable within myself than when I was younger- although if I’m totally honest, I was probably more confident about my body 10...
  2. The ‘Duct Tape Dummy’ woman takes about ‘Mary Queen of Frocks’ and clothes for curvy women

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    Interview by Fabafterfifty Penelope Else is finding fame as the ‘Duct Tape Dummy Woman’ on Mary Queen of Frocks. We caught up with Penny for her thoughts and insights on issues raised by Mary Portas’ latest TV series What prompted you to get involved in Mary Portas’ programme? A friend sent me the link, and I was excited that someone with some fashion retail clout was inviting me to get involved in what I interpreted as being a fashion revolution. I’m trained in pattern-cutting and draping on the stand (amateur, not professional!), and was getting more and more into designing my own clothes. I’d had visions of debating with professional designers, poring over fashion sketches, analyzing fit & fabric – really getting into the nub. What do you feel about the choice of...
  3. Helen Mirren voted ‘best body’ in her 60s.

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Good news for the over 50s as  Helen Mirren at 66 comes top in a poll conducted by L.A. Fitness for having the ‘best body’, beating Cheyl Cole, Kelly Brook and Elle MacPherson (who at 48 came second). Flying the flag for women over 50 as we refuse to become invisible, it’s great to see that a real woman with curves who does not hide her age was voted in to the top spot. We all applauded Helen Mirren  when THAT photo of her in THAT bikini made headlines for showing that bikinis were not exclusively for the young, and that women with  body confidence can wear them at any age ( I was recently on the French Riviera, where a friend’s mother wore hers proudly at 82- and looked great!). We also warmed to ...
  4. Menopausal Wobble – a poem

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    Poem by  Lesley- Anne Hornbogen This menopausal midriff has a life and structure of its own It wobbles and grows inch by inch indicative of passing years Gone are the days of cinched in waists, see through crop tops  et al Suck in as much as I try – It’s not apparently shy! It protrudes in its own particular way Infuriatingly bold and wide There isn’t much this wobble won’t fight Aerobics, stretches, elastane pants and tights I could get upset, shout and cry Plead  with all – it’s just a lie! Don’t ask me how, when or why This menopausal wobble came by At the end of the day I’ve learnt to accept  It’s just another phase I’ve slowly come to realise I’m growing older, wiser and wider! No matter how I protest to all, It’s clear we’ll never part...
  5. New study on Mid-Life Mirror Angst- is this a new syndrome?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Women over 50 and body image is a topic we have frequently discussed on Fabafterfifty. A new study finds that middle aged women dislike what they see in the mirror four times more than teenage girls! Until now teenage girls were typically the group with the most physical hang-ups but, according to new research, it is actually 40 and 50-plus year old women who are the most disenchanted with their bodies and suffering from a negative self image. The latest findings from the Invisible Women Study, by online retailer isme.com, reveals that middle-aged women dislike what they see in the mirror four times more than teenage girls.  A meagre nine per cent of women over-50 say they feel proud of what they see in the mirror – a...
  6. ‘Killing Us Softly’ the media and women’s confidence

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    Article by Fabafterfifty

    Women’s self confidence midlife and how it is affected by images portrayed in the media is a topic we have covered previously . It is not new. We are constantly bombarded with unrealistic images which no woman could actually attain.

    Jean Kilbourne has been campaigning on this issue for decades. In her words she describes the portrayal of unrealistic images of women in the media as ‘Killing Us Softly’.

    Her thought provoking video is not to be missed.

    As real women over 50 we can walk tall, be strong and be fabulous!…

  7. Is the media contributing to womens’ lack of confidence mid-life?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty “How can I be happy with my ageing self when the world around me has raised the bar to unattainable heights?  So unfair” this is a question in recent guest post by Beth Havey. Is the media contributing to women’s lack of confidence midlife? As women in our fifties we are bombarded daily with images of women in the media which are unattainable in real life. Airbrushing has long been used to create the ‘perfect’ image of generally young models used to sell everything from clothes and cosmetics to cars and household cleaning materials . It is so important to remember that with airbrushing • Arms are slimmed • Legs are made thinner and longer • Waists are pulled in significantly • Stray hairs smoothed an tidied • Skin tone is changed and smoothed • Wrinkles are...
  8. How shopping for lingerie helped me accept my midlife body

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    Article by Beth Havey A subject all midlife women can relate to in our guest post from Beth Havey as she shares how a trip for new lingerie helped her come to terms with her midlife body or ‘A Real Dressing Down at Victoria Secret’ You might learn about my health searching my medicine cabinet, but to unlock the secrets of my self-esteem, try looking in my lingerie drawer.   We all have a time-line when it comes to panties and bras—they say volumes about how we love our bodies.  Or not. I wore cotton Spanky pants when I was in high school and, I hate to admit, college.  They cover everything.  No Frederick’s of Hollywood for me. When my two daughters reached the teen years, their lingerie time-line was far advanced.  Babysitting money bought them underwear at Victoria...
  9. Thank you for Giving me my Waist back! Review of ‘Fat around the Middle’

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     Article by Fabafterfifty I was a fat baby, chubby teenager, relatively slim adult.  Over the past few years it seemed that I have been sliding back in the direction of chubbiness in mid-life. My mother even said ‘I suppose it’s good that you’re content rather than slim like you used to be’. Thanks Mum!! (I had recently remarried). In truth, I had no idea why my weight was creeping up, or why in particular it was all settling round my middle- I could only put in down to the inevitable ‘middle aged spread’ I’d heard so much about. Looking at my older female relatives they did all seem to be the same shape (my OH with his warped sense of humour calls them the ‘cubes’), and as much as I tried to resist, I had resigned myself to the same...
  10. Why do we Hate having our Photo taken?

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    Article by Lorraine Brooks It’s funny how all women have issues with their bodies.   There’s always something about our bodies that make us cringeNo matter what actual shape our bodies are in, we all harbor some ill feelings about how we look – whether it’s our bodies as a whole, or individual parts – there’s always something about our bodies that make us cringe.   And I thought it was just me.   Just this morning I was talking to a colleague who used to be a model.  I like this person very much, but I really don’t think we have much in common, as far as being “women” is concerned, other than the plumbing.  She’s tall, I’m short.  She’s thin, I’m not.  (I refuse to use the “F” word, or any other euphemism for size.)  She’s young, well, 40-ish (yes, that’s...
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