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Middle-Aged Women Strip Down To Reclaim ‘Sexy’ On Their Own Terms

Sometimes, to be a woman over 50 is to feel invisible. It’s walking into a bar or restaurant and no longer being on the receiving end of an admiring glance. It’s feeling like people on the street are looking past you, as if you aren’t even there. Ask a middle-aged woman, and she might say these slights have whittled away at her self-confidence, tricking her into believing the best years are behind her.

We live in a culture that often equates beauty and energy with youth. But we’d like to turn that way of thinking on its head. We believe women can be smart and sassy, beautiful and confident — and that they can continue to shake things up in the world around them — whether they’re 50 or 75 or 100.

With that idea in mind, Huff/Post50 photographed 11 very sexy women between the ages of 48 and 67. A few are cancer survivors. A few are grandmothers. A few are single and a few are married. But what they all have in common is that not one is a shrinking violet. They feel better about themselves today than they ever have. We asked each woman to wear whatever makes them feel sexy, and to talk about what being sexy means to them now compared to when they were, say, 21. The resulting photos are stunning — and entirely un-retouched.

“When I was in my 20s and modeling, I was insecure and a follower. I had no identity. I wore whatever was trendy, did what other girls my age did and really tried to be well liked. I had no concept of my own power or sexuality. The biggest difference between the girl I was at 20 and the woman I am now at 48, is now I really could care less about what people that don’t know me think about me. Other people’s perception is not my reality. I don’t want to blend and fit in. That is why I love selling vintage through my business IndigoStyle Vintage. It is the ultimate in personal style and expression. Sexiness exudes from my confidence, smile and acceptance of myself. Not being fearful of exploring, I know I am perfectly imperfect, flaws and all.”

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 25: Sheryl Roberts poses for a portrait in New York on Thursday Feb. 25, 2016. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

“So maybe as a child of the 1960s I should have been more, well, of a hippie … but somehow I never got that memo. I was focused on academics and the rest of my time was filled with riding my horse and doing barn work. My standard attire was a flannel shirt, overalls and boots. It seemed as though sexuality was for others. I was sort of a ‘neuter’ and whatever feelings burned deep within had to stay there. And now I chuckle to myself to realize that at 20, when the world would have been comfortable with me being sexual and sexy, I was closeted, and now when the world is having a hard time with sexy older women I am blossoming. For me now, sexy is alluring and creative. It is amazing.”

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 22: Anne Rosenberg poses for a portrait in New York on Monday Feb. 22, 2016. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

Mary Ann Holand, 58 — “No one but me dictates my sexiness.”

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28: Mary Ann Holand poses for a portrait in New York on Thursday Jan. 28, 2016. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

“I don’t think women truly appreciate their beauty and sexiness until they are older. After turning 50 I felt much sexier than I did in my 20s. In my 20s, I compared myself to others and the standards fashion and beauty magazines dictated. That’s a lot of pressure! With maturity comes confidence and the knowledge that our brain is our sexiest organ, not our body! No one but me dictates my sexiness. The journey in getting here shaped how I feel. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and breast cancer survivor (including a mastectomy). This self-awareness of being sexy in my 50s is a gift and one I will cherish in every decade going forward! Wheeeeee — I’m free to be me!!!”
Source: Huff Post



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