Saturday, 28 April 2012
Beauty at any age: Isabella Rossellini
Any publication that offers the secret of ageless style or the chance to improve with age, pulls me in like a politician at a News International pyjama party. Even though I know it'll be the usual, same old, same old, I just can't resist. So, on a recent flight back from New York, I noticed the woman next to me reading the April issue of American Harper's Bazaar with a 'Fabulous at every age' cover line. There's so little space in global traveller, I was practically turning the pages for her, and a feature on an up-coming documentary, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, caught my (red) eye. Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has filmed some of the 20th century's biggest models - Beverley Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs, Patti Hansen, Christie Brinkley - discussing their careers and 'surviving in a tough business.' The documentary is out on HBO this summer, and you can read more about it here.
Let's just say, considering their age, some of these girls look surprisingly taut-skinned. So, I was pleased to see this photo of the fabulous Isabella Rossellini, 59, (can't quite believe this is her first appearance on That's Not My Age, I can only apologise) talking about the pressure to stay looking young and the use of plastic surgery and Botox:
'I don't think I'll do it. It's too late. My mother once told me that growing older was the only way to have a long life. So my attitude is, of course we are ageing. And it's natural, and it's beautiful.'
In an industry obsessed with youth, there's an admirable courage (er, sounds a bit like a pub) in resisting the pressure to iron out wrinkles and re-shape your face. Growing old naturally and with confidence is what That's Not My Age is all about.
And when my neighbour in the aisle seat left her magazine behind, it swiftly found its way into the TNMA hand luggage. Not caring what other people think is one of the best age-related improvements, don't you think?