Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Beauty at any age: Maryam d'Abo



After posting pictures of myself all over the internet like a street-style blogger on speed, last week, I'm now back behind the dashboard where I belong. Having said that, this image of former Bond girl Maryam d'Abo reminds me to add soft focus (Vaseline on the camera lens?) to my modelling repertoire, currently limited to standing sulkily in the distance, wearing sunglasses or - the preferred option - chopping my head off. Blogging is so much easier when you don't have to worry about a double chin and wonky teeth. Anyhow. A couple of weeks ago the Telegraph ran a feature on the beauty secrets of three glamorous women over 50, which I chucked onto my ceiling-grazing to-do pile and rediscovered whilst doing a spot of long-overdue housekeeping last night. My favourite tips came from 51-year-old d'Abo:

'I'm not bothered about the lines - I can't see them as clearly now, thanks to long-sightedness, which increased after a brain aneurysm five years ago. I am too vain to have Botox; what if it went wrong?
Lines show expression. I think of gorgeous actresses - Simone Signoret, Jeanne Moreau - there was no Botox then. A holistic approach to ageing interests me more than surgery.'




What kind of approach to ageing do you have?



19 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Great approach and she looks fabulous! I totally agree with the botox thing: I'd be far too scared of it going wrong and - to be honest - most "shining examples" (literally) of botox users don't look younger, just strange... My approach: facial oil, dark chocolate and red wine! xo

That's Not My Age said...

I'm a fan of the dark chocolate and red wine approach too!

Patti said...

She is gorgeous, hard to believe she's 51. I won't rule out medical intervention at some point, but here's a third vote for good wine : >

Une Femme said...

Lovely woman! I'm with her on the Botox. I see actresses who can hardly move their faces anymore, and there's no life in that. I've done IPL laser in the past (and probably will in the future) to help zap some of the sun spots, but I think that's as far as I'll go.

michellebeth said...

I will continue to trip through life (perhaps not literally) thinking of myself as a young old person.

Kathy said...

She's totally gorgeous, and I think particularly when you've lived through a life threatening illness, your approach to aging changes. Something we should all remember, and have gratitude for being alive.

Angele Style said...

Oh I love what Michellebeth said...I too just think of myself as a young old person and all au'natural. I do think aging is like the Olympics....99% mental and 1% physical.

the gardener's cottage said...

i am in complete agreement with her style of aging and i that is the way i'm going out of this world. with every wrinkle and gray hair i've earned! not covered up. i see SO many women on my treatment bed that go the other way and i'm telling you it is not good.

MrsLittleJeans said...

She is incredibly beautiful and I agree with her...thank you for sharing.

Chicatanyage said...

Maryam D'Abo looks fantastic. She always was lovely. I am of the philosophy of ageing naturally and gracefully. However I do spend money on a good hair cut and recently on skincare, which I am amazed to say is really producing results.

Kathy said...

Here's the thing though - every actress/model etc. says they don't believe in Botox, however, I don't necessarily believe that they don't use it. If you look at her forehead, she has zero lines, and between her eyes, very shallow lines, which is a sign of having some Botox. I'm not saying she's had it, but I'm not totally believing she hasn't either. I think we all have to take these proclamations with a grain of salt. Yes, you can tell someone who's way over Botoxed (like Nicole Kidman), but someone who's had it done well, and sparingly, you can not tell and their face isn't frozen.

Victoria said...

She is a natural beauty to begin with, so has a head start on most of us trying to age gracefully! Anyhow, keeping active, laughing lots, drinking wine and eating well is the way I'm going. Plus lots of moisturiser!

Veshoevius said...

What a beautiful woman! Lines show expression - Amen to that!

That's Not My Age said...

Kathy - oh I know. I'd just like to think that not every woman in the public eye is Botoxed to the max. And that staying youthful doesn't have to mean having a smooth, shiny, wind tunnel face.

materfamilias said...

Running, Pilates, Colouring my Hair (for now at least), Skin/Eye cream night and day . . . and staying connected with young people through work and family. That's my aging regime, and beyond that, I'm just rather fascinated watching the changes in the mirror (and some days more discomfitted with what I see than others).

mette said...

I see a beautiful woman here. Obviously blessed with great genes.
Therefore, it is easy for her to share her thoughts.
Botox used or not, I will never know, nor do I care.

Alexa von Canisius said...

ageing is hard to accept...but we have to. not much can be done to stop it.
But what i love about it, is that you become more confident with age, and wiser, and stronger !!

www.alexavoncanisius.com/blog/

LPC said...

At 56 I have recently begun to feel that I am actually aging, not just fading. I would be fine with everything about aging if it didn't mean that death gets closer.

Alexandra Singer said...

Wow!! She is gorgeous!! I'd be happy to look like her at 50 (or 45!).

Thank you for the inspiration!
xo,
Ali