Kathy Lette with celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita
Kathy Lette with celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita

Australian-born author Lette looking good at 60

IN AUSTRALIA to promote her latest book Best Laid Plans, Australian born British author Kathy Lette made sure her lipstick was perfect, her hair smooth and her smile in place as she entertained large audiences all over the country.

A passionate feminist, she peppered her talk with jokes about women and their role in life (mostly putting up with men), and didn't hold back on the bawdy humour. Her audiences loved it.

At 58 Kathy looks as young as she did on her previous Australian tour in 2003. She says she is 'not glamorous' and loves nothing more than to live in her Birkinstocks, but it certainly belied the vision of her strutting in front of the microphone in a tight mini dress with hot pink heels.

We asked her some questions about ageing so energetically and she replied in her peerless style.

You are a passionate feminist and yet love make-up, perfume, bling - thoughts on the two going together hand-in-hand?

There is nothing wrong with being a feminist who likes to stand on her own two stilettos. Feminism can also be about being feminine - if that floats your style boat. My fashion tends to be a little tongue in chic though. 

What do you think is ahead for today's women of a certain age? 

For women, life is in two acts. The trick is to survive the interval. For the first time, women have their own money, own independence, plus HRT. Now that the president of France, Macron is married to his former school teacher, well, older women have come into our own. 

What should the mature women be aware of, for example, like your daughter said, skirt (length) should match the face.

Don't use Botox or have face lifts - men should just learn to read between our lines. I'm against cosmetic surgery. My mother told me never to pick my nose, especially from a catalogue. Just get a dimmer switch - greatest beauty aid known to woman kind. 

Any tips to keep us relevant into our 60s, 70s, 80s and well beyond?

Walk on the wild side occasionally - and by that I don't just mean bush walking. Yes, exercise is important, but I also mean swinging from a chandelier occasionally with a toy boy in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Fun is the best beauty aid. 

And laugh a lot. Laugh and the world laughs with you - cry and you get salt in your martini. 


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