THIS week Kate Beckinsale hit the press spouting about not feeling attractive until she was 29 – she’s now in her late 30s and looks smashing.
This is partly rhetoric though, as she’s promoting her new movie, Total Recall (cynical as ever). However, what she said struck a chord.
Last year, at Glastonbury, I was sitting with a group of my younger, early 20-something mates when I said I was delighted to have finally hit 30. They were shocked, oh the innocence of youth. I proceeded to say there was nothing that would make me want to be younger again – all that insecurity, confusion over who you want to be and where you want to go.
They were shocked again, their young brains clearly not following. I am considered the eternal Peter Pan within my group of friends; so perhaps their surprise was not simply about what I was saying, but that it was me who was saying it. However, it was, and is, entirely genuine.
Youth – dewy skin, bambi-like limbs and glossy hair – may be coveted as the perception of beauty and health. But the truth is, ageing just ain’t what it used to be thanks to a number of factors: better cosmetics, greater equality (perhaps) and, hopefully, an evolved sense of older not necessarily meaning less lovely.
But it’s not just me and Kate, there’s also some research to back it up. Studies have shown that women feel at their most gorgeous around the age of 32 and in fact continue to feel more beautiful as they get older. Increased confidence and greater life experience have an authenticity that is undeniably alluring.
And it seems the media is taking note. Make-up brand MAC used 90-year-old Iris Apfel as its muse for a new line of cosmetics (which sold out within days).
So it seems older is becoming hip. Having said all of the above, I do still get ID’d for lottery tickets. But I’m proclaiming a new age of beauty: wrinkles and all.
Pressure building for sunshine
I WROTE a few weeks ago about my recent trip to the Azores and how sometimes this lovely little island can affect our weather systems. And I don’t want to speak too soon, but it looks as though the jet stream that has brought the recent downpours may change course next week and pressure will build from the south – the Azores high.
This means more traditional summer weather for the UK (no… hopefully, not rain!). Just the thought of sunshine is making me giddy!
QB’s Corner – 5 things I’m loving this week
1. JUST MY CUP OF TEA: This week I went for afternoon tea with my mum. It was lovely to spend some time having a natter. And of course cupcakes. Plenty of cupcakes.
2. DA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA: Batman! I said last week Batman was my caped crusader of choice… and here he is! Ah, like a dashing dark knight on a trusty stead. This week I went to The Dark Knight Rises premiere. Excited. Much?!
3. AUTUMN FALL: I love the sales but they’re full of summer brights so I’m excited about the autumn collections hitting the shops. But I’m not putting my summer clobber away just yet. The sun will come out. I’m willing it to ...
4. REEL GOOD: Every year I have to make a new showreel. It’s always fun to see what you’ve been up to, all squashed together in about 2 minutes!
5. ONCE YOU POP: You’ve probably guessed, but I’m an avid cinema-goer. Not least, because I LOVE popcorn.The eternal question, though, is sweet or salty? Why not mix it up and have a bite of both!