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  1. Olga, from shopper to model at 62 as she takes part in a national TV campaign

    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon We often comment on Fab after Fifty about the fact that so many brands ignore women over 50 in their marketing campaigns, or use 20 something models to convince us that we want to buy something- why do they not use real women? Olga Nicole Taylor, our latest ‘Fabwoman’ who is not a professional model, has found herself at 62 , being cast in the TK Maxx advertising campaign representing ‘real women’. Olga shares her story with Fab after Fifty of how she went from shopping at her local high street store- to modelling for them in a...
  2. Interview with Gail Federici – an inspirational leader in the beauty industry

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I am very fortunate to meet some truly inspirational women in the course of my work with Fab after FIfty.  We all associate the Frizz Ease hair products with celebrity hairdresser John Frieda, but of equal importance behind the brand was a remarkable woman, Gail Federici. I caught up with Gail when she was in London recently . The Frizz Ease Company was sold several years ago  but rather that sit back and enjoy the fruits of her success, Gail has since gone on to  launch the Time Bomb range with Lulu, and also Color Wow – the revolutionary hair root cover product and hair care range. What prompted you to move into skincare having been so successful in haircare? Gail: I always say that necessity is the mother of invention. I have always suffered from frizzy hair – before we...
  3. Dr Carol Cooper talks about publishing her first novel- One Night at the Jacaranda

    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Dr Carol Cooper is a familiar face on news bulletins and medical programmes – and has written a number of health and parenting books. Her Carol shares with Fab after Fifty the events which led her to finally write the novel she had always wanted to write, One Night at the Jacaranda. Carol discusses how she was able to find the time to write in her extremely busy life, how she developed her characters, and why she wanted to write the type of book that she herself would want to read. Carol offers her tips for others wanting to follow their writing dreams. I’ve read the book – it’s fabulous. Will Carol be the next Jilly Cooper? You decide 🙂   One Night at the Jacaranda is available from Amazon ...
  4. Janet tackles her 50s blues with a bucket list (although she doesn’t call it that)

    Article by Janet O’Kane This is me on 19th July 2008, my 50th birthday. We were holidaying in America and I’d just been handed a glass of pink champagne by my husband as I came out of the shower. Despite those happy circumstances and the smile on my face, I felt miserable. This made no sense: hitting 50 wasn’t that bad, surely? My second marriage had brought me contentment and my work as a freelance copywriter was going well. But I couldn’t shake off the realisation that my life was definitely at least half over. What did I have to show for it? And more to the point, what could I look forward to? One thing I’ve learnt in middle age: in order to stay happy, I must keep busy and...
  5. Video : Inspirational over 50 Annabel Davis – reinvented her life in retirement to become a model

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The first in our video series of Inspirational Women who have reinvented their lives. Annabel Davis shares her reinvention over 50 story, as she talks through how she started her new career as a mature model and actress following her retirement from the police force. Annabel shares her experience of how she started and gives tips for others looking to do the same. Not once when she was working as a policewoman did Annabel think that she would be spending the day with Dustin Hoffman once she retired! Watch the video to learn more about Annabel’s reinvention story. For Annabel becoming a classic model and actress is her third career. Although on the surface her 3 careers are all very different – from airline stewardess, to...
  6. Christyne updates us on her new career as she approaches her 69th birthday

    Article by Christyne Remnant Christyne was one of the first of the ‘Fabwomen’ to be featured on Fab after Fifty. From going to Oxford University in her 60s and winning a beauty competition, she really does show that attitude is everything when it comes to living life to the full! Christyne updates us on her latest news: I am now coming up to my 69th birthday and still keeping  firmly in my mind that “Age is just a Number”. When I last caught up with you I had just started in an acting  direction and have now done several more small films to date which have  been lots of fun to do and  now have become quite good at  learning my lines, something I never thought I could do. The last film...
  7. Jane, takes up belly dancing in her 50s and transforms her health and her confidence

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon. Jane shares her experience of how taking up belly dancing in her 50s transformed her fitness, confidence and social life. Jane is from  Sawley Notts, married to Steve for 28 years, and has one daughter Luisa aged 24. Jane, centre in purple What prompted you to start belly dancing? I Wanted some form of exercise for a condition I have called spondylosis which is a form of arthritis. I’ve always loved to dance, i.e. ballet, tap. I went on holiday to Turkey and saw a belly dancing show which I loved. When I got back home I decided to join a belly dancing class in Derbys. Did you go with friends or did you make new friends from the class? I have made some wonderful...
  8. 10 Inspirational Women over 50.

    Pauline – setting up a breast cancer charity Article by Ceri Wheeldon On Fab after Fifty we love to highlight real women over 50 who have reinvented their lives and inspire others. I have been incredibly privileged to meet, either online, or in person, some incredible women for this section of the website. Just to show that women over 50 are far from invisible, and not sitting in rocking chairs, I have pulled together a list of 10 of the inspirational women we have featured so far.  If you think you, or someone you know, should be featured as a ‘Fabwoman’, please get in touch ! (email: editor@fabafterfifty.com) Meanwhile, here are 10 inspirational women changing perceptions of women over 50. ...
  9. Debi – inspirational over 50 as she transforms her life and climbs Ben Nevis for charity

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We love to profile women on Fab after Fifty who epitomise what life and living over 50 can be at this time in our lives. I caught up with Debi Ireland , who at 51 certainly knows how to inspire and live fabulously. Why did you decide to climb Ben Nevis? Every year I set myself a physical challenge and try to combine it with raising money for a children’s charity (I work as a children’s entertainer). I normally decide on the challenge in October/November, start training in January and complete the challenge in August. By setting myself an annual challenge I find it keeps me motivated. Previous challenges have included cycle rides, triathlons and climbing Scafell. I have arthritis in...
  10. A life changing experience after divorce – helping Tibetan children

    Article by Lesley Freeman After divorcing from my “childhood sweetheart” in 1994, I began to consider my future.  I had felt “empty” and “lost”, without direction for a long time. In 1998 I became a full time student, training to be a Counsellor.  Yet, I still felt empty and lost.  It was during this time I became interested in Buddhism and the Tibetan culture and began reading books about the people and the culture.  I decided I wanted to travel to India to work with Tibetan refugee children.  After making enquiries through an e-mail on volunteering that I found at the back of one of these books, I found a post as a secretary teacher in a Vocational Training Centre in Northern India, applied and...
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