(Photo Credit: Mac Premo/TueNight)
I cringe at our theme name this week. It’s a term I’ve never liked and one that magazines and tabloids continue to foist on us.
When is it still ok to wear hot pink lipstick? A mini skirt? Pigtails? Ride a skateboard? Do a cartwheel at a fancy fashion event… in your 70s?
As 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel says in the film Iris, “I don’t have any rules because I would only be breaking them, so it’s a waste of time.”
We give lip service to the idea of age-inclusivity, but we don’t always believe it or practice it. In our hearts we question, am I too old to do this? I don’t give a crap if Madonna’s arms are too veiny for that dress — and you can bet she doesn’t either.
The genesis for TueNight was in part a backlash against the ageist attitude that defines a particular attitude or ideal haircut in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s. The most authentic way to live is to chart your own course, loud and proud.
Let us be…. awesome.
- Susan Linney lives like she’s 25.
- Suzan Bond flies over Manhattan.
- Val Medina embarrasses her kids.
- Judy McGuire holds off the Mrs. Roper caftan.
- Juli Cola hides her Barbies.
- Cecily Kellogg defends dark lipstick.
- And I put on a wig and dance this mess around.
Here’s to aging inappropriately,
p.s. That’s our own Adrianna Dufay rolling along on her skateboard, her daughter by her side.