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When we think of braids we usually think of schoolgirl pigtails. Perhaps Cindy Brady, Pippi Longstocking or Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz come to mind. Braids long have been the exclusive domain of youth, but the truth is, if done right, braids are an interesting-and free-hair accessory, even for women over 50 and especially in summer. Many women have grown tired of boring buns and predictable ponytails, and are looking for chic and hip ways to style hair to look cool …
Inspired by the 2003 Helen Mirren movie Calendar Girls, a dozen women of Riderwood Village retirement community in Maryland have bared (almost) all to raise money for fellow residents struggling financially.
While anorexia, bulimia and other disordered eating habits disproportionately vex the young, older women — and men — aren’t excluded. A new study found 13 percent of women over 50 currently exhibit at least one core eating disorder symptom. The most common was “purging” (throwing up food) without binge eating (7.8 percent), followed by binge eating (3.5 percent). Overall, nearly three-quarters of all the women said they were currently trying to lose weight.
Three California sisters who became Internet Famous earlier this year for discussing Kim Kardashian’s sex tape on YouTube are back with a review of steamy/silly bestseller 50 Shades of Grey. The verdict? Neither Mary Bartnicki, 81, nor her 72-year-old twin sisters–all working hairdressers–would recommend it.
Fashion may be fleeting, but style isn’t””as a new crop of digitally and sartorially savvy older women have been proving. Whether starting their own personal style blogs or appearing on blogs curated (and usually featuring) those decades younger, these women aim to show that aging doesn’t have to bring muumuus and orthopedic shoes.
Hungarian songstress and performer Marta Eggerth got her show-biz start as a child opera prodigy and went on to Broadway and film fame. These days, Eggerth””who will celebrate her 100th birthday April 17″”still performs the occasional one-woman show at New York’s Cafe Sabarsky, which hosts a series of ‘upscale, unconventional’ cabaret evenings.