40+ and Fabulous Moving Foward, Fierce, Focused and Full of Life by Sondra Wright

Moving forward fierce, focused and full of life!

40+ and Fabulous Moving Foward, Fierce, Focused and Full of Life by Sondra Wright - Moving forward fierce, focused and full of life!

Is Hollywood Hoping to End the Stigma Around Aging?

This was the question posed by co-hosts, Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur, of Australia TV’s Morning Show

With the TV and movie culture playing such a huge role in the way women see themselves this is a societal shift and a huge win for women that can not come to soon.

Not only do we need to address the physical aspects of aging but I long to hear celebs speak out about the mental, spiritual, social and emotional midlife transitions they’re experiencing as well.

Exactly the reason I squealed with delight when I heard Liz Hurly comment on aging at the Fabulous At Every Age Gala in New York.

I think we really have to learn to get what we can out of every decade we go through; really get the benefits of each one. I’m in my mid-forties and I’ve never been happier.”

Kate Halfpenny, Executive Director of Who Magazine admits that a few years ago they would not have put a 40 year old woman on the cover of their magazine.

Fashion Commentator, Melissa Hoyer, had this to say, “With women over forty there’s an experience that comes with them that I think Hollywood has suddenly got and I think we’re all getting as well. That obsession that so many people had with 20-something year olds is sort of waning.”

Celebrities mentioned during the segment include 46 year old Sandra Bullock, Susan Sarandon “all woman” at 64, and 41 year old Jennifer Lopez, who was just named People Magazines most beautiful woman in the world. Congratulations J-Lo!

View the full 4 minute segment online at The Morning Show.


Blowing Steam: Real Women Don’t Look Like This

I need to blow a little steam about yesterdays ABC News Entertainment segment called Fabulous Over 40; a slide show of “sexy” over 40 Hollywood celebrities. I’m very aware that a woman’s self confidence in midlife is largely affected by the images she sees in the media – images no real woman could live up to.

The ABC news slide show tells us nothing of the powerful transitions these women are making in midlife but instead emphasizes the physical perfection these starlets have maintained through the years. A physical perfection undoubtedly enhanced by cosmetic surgery, computer retouching, airbrushing or any combination of the aforementioned. What’s fabulous about that?

Yes, we want Hollywood to stop putting actresses out to pasture at 40. Yes, we want Hollywood to stop placing higher value on aging male actors than females. But, we also want the media to realize the role you play in a woman’s self esteem. When you flash these images of women like Bo Derek, Iman, Jennifer Lopez, Elle McPherson, Sarah Jessica Parker as the ideal 40+ female beauties, they should come with a disclaimer “The images you see are not real. They have been digitally enhanced to achieve our idea of perfection.” C’mon, no one looks like this! Even Cindy Crawford once said “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.”

I can’t compete with the Photoshop woman and I don’t want to. Instead, I choose to be me; strong, tall, imperfect, and FABULOUS!