Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number: Modeling’s Newest Superstars

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 6:23 pm
  • July 13, 2011

Kristen McMenemy for ID

More news from the modeling industry trenches – and this time it’s a trend that we here at PoshBeauty.com are more than happy to get behind. Holding firm to the belief that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and AGES (*gasp) we were pleased with this mornings Huffington Post article celebrating the resurgence of a gorgeous bevy of the supermodels from the 80′s and 90′s reigniting their career from covers to campaigns – some sporting a trend-setting full head of gray!

Once considered nearly crone-like after the age of 25, models (or should I say ‘super’ models) of a ‘certain age’ are proving that looking fabulous well into middle-age isn’t all just smoke and mirrors via photoshop – it’s a very attainable reality. Take, for instance, one of my own favorite models-of-the-moment Kristen McMenemy, who at 46 has been making news with not one, but two Vogue Italia issues (summer 2010 and summer 2011) sporting a long, long head full of gray hair (and let’s not forget rockin’ a bikini – 2011).

Kristen McMenamy for Vogue Italia

And while McMenamy has certainly made news for her unabashedly embracing her time-turned locks, she’s not the only model over 35 working it!

Christy Turlington for Elle 2011

Christy Turlington made the cover of Elle (France), looking stunning at 42, joining her iconic fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford who also posed for a recent Elle’s cover (China) at 45.

Cindy Crawford for Elle (China)

Other models embracing their age include Iman (55), Linda Evangelista (46), Yasmin LeBon (46), Helena Christensen (42) and Naomi Campbell (41) – all who continue to work (it) both in print and on the runway. Iconic beauties well-into their 60′s and beyond are even disrupting the model-age-barrier, like Lauren Hutton (67) who recently starred in Alexis Bittar’s campaign and Carmen dell’Orefice (80) – who pretty much appears in (and at) everything.

Lauren Hutton for Alexis Bittar

Carmen dell'Orefice for More

If the proof truly is in the pudding – then it could very well be possible that women over the age of 20 are sick of not being able to identify with the uber-young models designers have for ages been asking them to relate too. It’s high time the fashion industry got on board with celebrating the thought of embracing the skin that you’re in – whether that skin is 20, 30, 40 or beyond!

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