My April edition of the great British Magazine, Woman and Home, arrived in the mail. Every time I read it, I ask myself, “How come there is nothing like this in the US?”
It is specifically aimed at woman over 35 and always features real women who are not only over 35 but many times are over 60!
Above is a photo from the most recent edition, featuring a Clare Balding, a writer, who is 44, and obviously not a skinny-mini.
I actually asked Mr. Not So Curious Mellow what he thought might be the reason. He thought it might have something to do with the social safety net in the UK. Interesting, I hadn’t considered that.
Here’s his reasoning. With a social safety net (better pensions and universal health care) there is less stigma to becoming old. Being old is not associated with poverty and poor health as it is in this country. Nobody here wants to see an image of an older woman because it makes them think, “poor and ill”.
Not sure if I see this reasoning, but it sure is interesting.
I also thought it might be a cultural thing. I mean the Queen is 89 and the British public have watched her age (as Queen) from the time she was 26 until now. And, say what you will about her sense of style, I think she is a very attractive woman and has been all her life.
Maybe seeing a woman aging gracefully, looking attractive (and obviously not in poor health or lacking for money) makes the British accept the “normality” of aging.
[And talk about wearing bright colors. LOVE the pink outfit with the red feather.]
And don’t forget, Queen Elizabeth’s mother (also Queen Elizabeth) lived to be 101. And Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, lived to be 85. And they all were in the public eye practically their entire lives.
This all seems far fetched, but isn’t there something about when all other explanations fail?
I know I have some readers who are British. What do you think?