Stateswomen bring new definition to ageing

WATCH out - I can see you.

The absolutely fabulous you, the you that around 50 years of age disappeared from the global radar, is making a comeback. Thanks to the silver haired, 71-year-old Helen Mirren, the Absolutely Fabulous characters, Legendary New Yorker and 96-year-old Iris Apfel, and the 86-year-old Jane Fonda, together with a host of other post 50-year-old women - a whole new social message has been invented.

Forget the sad old days when there seemed little contrast to characters such as Hycinth Bucket and Mrs Brown, who humerously re-inforced an out-of-touch, socially inept and over the hill view of ageing.

This month at the Saks Potts show at Copenhagen Fashion Week, Countess Catherine (Cath) Alexandrine Danneskiold-Samsoe landed another blow to the adage that women of a certain age are invisible, as she joined the ever-increasing flow of eye-catching older women showing off their distinctive style. Just as she did as a high profile model in the 1970s and 80s, she strutted her stuff on the catwalk. Despite a more than 30 year modelling hiatus, Danneskiold-Samsoe has remained in the limelight as a socialite and career woman. She now works as an art curator and is editor in chief of a local publication Beredskab, dedicated to articles on Danish security and defense.

While we're all not up to Danneskiold-Samsoe international style, she clearly has the older woman's confidence that she's far more than a pretty face.

"I was aware that Saks Potts approached me because of my personality, my image, and my attitude," Danneskiold-Samsøe told Vogue. "We agreed that I would remain myself without being styled like the other models, so I wore my hair and makeup like I would on any ordinary day."

She added, "I am not afraid of being on the stage in the spotlight, but if my look didn't fit my personality and age, I would have felt ridiculous and uncomfortable. The big fox fur coat certainly matched my personality!"

These are the sort of words that give meaning to new definitions of ageing, that embody the new woman in the mirror.


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