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A few months ago, I stumbled across photos on a street style site of women in my age group (70...ish 😁) and was pleasantly surprised at how "real" they looked.

I mean, how often do you see unfiltered close-ups of older women...women like me, for example...with laugh lines, wrinkles, 11's on their foreheads, disappearing jowls, sagging necks, receding hairlines, bags under their eyes, uneven teeth that aren't blinding white chiclets, and no botoxed lips or frozen faces?!? It was almost like catching a glimpse of a nearly extinct species, the invisible older woman.

These beautiful women are keeping it real...




#4(a)  Boss Lady...don't mess with her!





#7  I'm going with quirky thrifter in Rotterdam 😂


#9  I bet she's a lot of fun




#12  I want to be her!  LOVE the outfit.


#14  Off to the opera.





#18(a)  Love the vintage outfit

#18(b)  You go girl!!

So, ladies, I say we smile even though our teeth aren't perfect, we muster up some joie de vivre and let it shine, we flip the bird to plastic surgery and botox, we buy the red lipstick, we hold our gray thinning hair heads up high, and we wear what we da## well please! Who's with me?

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I'm with you!! @MacDuFF . I think they all look great. All their faces have character.


I've always loved the faces of Diana Vreeland and Iris Apfel and the stunning older model Carmen. They all rock. Strong women.Woman Wink

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Carmen is one of my all time faves, love the glam!  Carmen.jpg

While looking at your pics many thoughts went through my mind:


Did Dr. Ruth have a demure sister?

Mrs. Roper no longer wears caftans....

So that's what Mrs. Claus wears the rest of the year.

Morticia Adams is a gray haired sister!

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I love them all. They're having fun with fashion and putting themselves out there for all to see. Well done.


These powerful ladies are proving that getting older doesn't mean we should hide out from life and the joys it can bring -- at ALL ages. 

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@MacDuFF :  Love these lovely ladies... they are beautiful ~ each and every one.

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Oh, thank you!  That was lovely!  So great to see all these beauties celebrating themselves and celebrating life!  This is so refreshing to see these real women.  They still care about what they look like but they are embracing themselves for what they currently are.  They all have a twinkle in their eyes and their own particular style that seems to say -- Here I am and proud of it!  I am in this age group, too, and I admit that I don't always embrace the aging process and don't always feel positive about it.  Your post has been very encouraging to me!  

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin
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To me, I just think so much emphasis is put on how someone looks,

whether having surgery or cosmetic procedures or none;


having fun with fashion or never very interested; 


always obtaining or interested in make-up or skin care, or has other things they are concerned with or interested in.


I have always felt that to me a person's character is what can be beautiful. I see in these women perhaps a grandmother so loved by her grandkids or children or friends,

or someone who has contributed much perhaps to a career or just giving time to others; maybe who has endured much and come out still grateful.


I admire women who always look put together but also admire women who don't just because they offer beauty in other ways then how they look. Both can have something much more than what they look like. And to me that is what is most important-what they have in themselves and give to others.


Some of the women I admired the most-my mother who always looked elegant and was proud of how she dressed and looked but also was so beautiful to me no matter how she looked because of how she loved.


One of my neighbors who had dementia after several mini strokes and an accident but still had humor and spirit and the kindest heart.

She would tell the same stories over and over but I loved to hear them over and over.She always wore an old red coat even in the summer because she

couldn't stand to wear a bra.


And a friend from church who was another of my idols in life-she was always dressed to the nines-her hair, the latest shoes always colorful, her nails always done in a bright color. She was in her eighties, very petite and I always wanted to sit with her. She would call me and became someone I will always be grateful to have loved and known.

When she came in and sat down, everyone came up to give her a hug from the littlest person only 4 years old to the oldest. Everyone called her friend because of her caring and love and making each person feel like they were the most important and loved person and they really were to her.


When I think of Mother Teresa, another example. And yes Iris Apfel, who showed you can go to the beat of your own drum and love it. One who probably never thought much of how she looked but will be remembered as an example of love for and giving for years and the other who loved fashion and used it to make her own gorgeous statement to herself and the world.  So many probably wishing they could know her and how she felt about herself and life.


So many have an inside that can and does shine right through whatever they are wearing or look like. I enjoy looking at fashions and make-up too but I like to think of what makes a person beautiful in how they think and treat everyone and everything, or interesting, or full of life, and how to love others the most of all.



"If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew. Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains? can you paint with all the colors of the wind?"
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@MacDuFF THANK YOU for posting these photos! All women are gorgeous in their own way--I just wish we would all realize that.

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Love the women that have given up the hair color and let their grey flag fly. I kind of think bright red hair at 75 looks kind of silly but it is their choice, afterall

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive what could go right.
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Re: Keeping it Real...

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@persiflage   I'm fairly sure that Carmen has had surgery, Being a famous model, she needs to look younger for the camera