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An extremely talented woman was denied a film role because of her age, AGAIN. What the f*ck, Hollywood?! In a recent interview with TheWrap, Maggie Gyllenahaal spoke about this absurdity, stating, “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55.” That’s an eighteen-year age difference. Ageism is alive and well, people, and we don’t like it one bit. Gyllenhaal declined to reveal the name of the film, ... Read More
Yes, we certainly agree that Madonna looked great at the Grammys Sunday night—but can we please quit it with all the qualifiers? Adding "for her age" to the statement only bolsters society's treatment of women's aging as a disease. It's hard enough that female pop stars are judged so strongly for their appearances, but responses to Madonna's show remind us that when it comes to talking about lady performers out of their 20s, we'll be getting a large ... Read More
Back when Olive Kitteridge premiered on HBO, Frances McDormand, who acted in and produced the miniseries that spans 25 years of an abrasive New England math teacher’s life, reigned in her ranting and gave an eloquent interview about aging with Katie Couric. The 57-year-old actor-producer explained to the 57-year-old anchor why she feels rage and sadness when women doggedly pursue eternal youth. It was a little awkward, given that with the thick schmear of ... Read More
On My Way - the new film featuring Catherine Deneuve - tells the story of an older woman struggling to keep her life together as she juggles a restaurant, a nagging elderly mother, and a mostly tumultuous relationship with a moody daughter. Under the pressure of keeping it all together, she snaps, and embarks on an unanticipated road trip that turns her life upside down. As she journeys down this new and unexpected road of life, she meets many zany strangers, ... Read More
  Qozop, an Asia-based photographer who describes himself as "nothing special...just an artist who has caught a picture-making sickness," rocked the fashion world this week when he styled a photo series concerning the intersection of age and fashion. His collection, aptly called "Spring - Autumn," first showcases hipster (grand)children standing besides their (grand)parents — then, in a sequential image, the artist has his subjects exchange clothes. ... Read More
Jean “I don’t give a damn of what people think of me or the way I dress, I dress for myself because I love style and design and color.” This statement may sound like the devil-may-care attitude of a stylish twenty-something, but this sentiment actually comes from the mouth of Bridget, a seventy-five year old Brit, one of six older women featured in the TV documentary Fabulous Fashionistas, which recently aired on Britain’s UK Channel ... Read More
The fashion photographer Tim Walker is known for his work with young ladies like Kate Moss; in his new book, he explores the nature of the photographic eye as it pertains to old age. In The Granny Alphabet, he views “the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane” with awe and curiosity.  Inspired by his childhood memories of his own grandmothers, he somehow aims to make sense of both old age and infancy: “children and the ... Read More
  Annie Lennox has made it a point throughout her long career with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist never to compromise herself or her integrity. And she’s succeeded. In discussion with BBC News on her recent music industry trust award, she discusses her own personal journey, women in pop, and growing up.    As she receives recognition for charity work and her innovations in British music, her face wells with emotion, and she tells ... Read More
  Fashion photographer Billy Kidd is used to the airbrushed, youthful aesthetic of editorial work, but his personal fine-art work isn’t what you might expect. In Transience, his upcoming solo show at Masters & Pelavin Gallery, he aims to challenge the way we think about beauty, womanhood, and age. He tells New York’s Julie Ma, "Life changes, beauty changes. That’s what I want to say here. Beauty isn’t always a constant. It’s not always one ... Read More
The New Republic’s Laura Bennett has something important to say about Betty White’s recent roles in her essay “Betty White Is Not a Sex Machine: Our Cruel Obsession with Dirty Old Women.” While she acknowledges that elderly women in the media have gained traction, ceasing to be mostly “sexless [...] prudish nags,” she sees an increase in sexual exploitation of older women. From Betty White’s role in Hot in Cleveland to ... Read More
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