Have you seen this video yet? As part of The Beauty Project series, director Kathryn Ferguson filmed five women, all over age 80, on the subject of beauty. The short (three minute) film feels very fresh and honest, and not a papering-over of the real changes of aging.
The theme of the the film, per its site, is: “What does beauty look like after eighty? From keeping your thoughts young to facial aerobics, five older women discuss what beauty means to them.”
Here are some of the questions Ms. Ferguson asked of the women, and their answers, and my own answers (I would love to hear yours):
“What do you see when you look in the mirror?”
It’s changed over the years.
I see myself.
My answer: Myself, changing ever so gradually but still me.
“Do you feel beautiful?”
I feel attractive, not beautiful, no.
I do if I take care of myself.
Looking beautiful . . . it’s a little shallow, maybe?
“What is your beauty secret?”
Keep your thoughts young.
Eat well and take care of your skin.
My answer: No secrets. Move a lot and laugh a lot.
“At what age did you feel most beautiful?”
My early 20’s.
Around age 40, I became confident.
My answer: Mid 30’s. A great time for my physical self.
“Does beauty fade?”
You have to keep working at being alive. If you don’t, everything fades.
You have to be in love with change; change is a beautiful thing.
Stay fabulous, as you already are,
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A small fashion round-up inspired by the stars of the film:
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