Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fabulous Women over Forty

I thought Fab over Forty was my friend Kari's blog! Tonight, Access Hollywood used Kari's title to point out that some of Hollywood's most successful actresses are over 40 years of age, wowing crowds and gracing magazine covers!

Julia Roberts, the star of Eat, Pray, Love, appeared at the movie's premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on August 10 - rocking her short skirt and long legs.

The September fashion magazine covers have proven the power of women over 40. September is the year's biggest month for women's magazines, from many perspectives (ad revenue, new fall fashion, you name it). This September belongs to women over 40 - they dominate the covers! Look at the line-up as your magazines arrive or grace the newsstand. Julia Roberts graces the cover of Elle, Jennifer Aniston landed Harper's Bazaar, and Halle Berry beautifies Vogue.

The Hollywood Reporter broke a recent story about how "older women," like 40-year-old Gwen Stefani, Sarah Jessica Parker (45), and Demi Moore (47), have all been big magazine sellers - outselling many younger stars. Sarah Jessica Parker’s May Vogue cover sold 325,000 newsstand issues, beating out 22-year-old Blake Lively, whose June Vogue cover sold 248,000 in comparison. Aside my reaction to the term "older women" to reference these celebrities, that's pretty cool!

Some quotes from Access Hollywood and The Hollywood Reporter...

“You don’t become an icon going to jail or getting arrested,” says Janice Min, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter. “As a magazine buyer, you might be interested in Snooki, you might think it’s funny when Snooki screws up, or you might think it’s funny that Lindsay Lohan is in jail, that would be your entertainment, but in terms of wanting to be like them, probably not so much,” Janice says.

“When you look at some of these women in their '40s and how much they’ve accomplished and managed to persevere through different personal trials and career ups and downs, that’s what women really like,” Janice says. They like to see someone succeed against the odds, and yes they have a lot of money and they’re gorgeous, but there’s still a relatability to them.”

“We’re not defining Julia by her age, we’re defining her by all the reasons women want to read about her, because they find her inspiring,” says ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers, who put Roberts on the cover. Readers can relate to her. She isn't defined by her age. She's defined by her beauty, talent, and "mother-of-three" lifestyle. Head over to Kari's Fab over Forty to see Julia's premiere look.

What do you think? Can Lindsay Lohan or Kristen Stewart compete with her? Not in my opinion! Kristen Stewart or Julia Roberts? Lindsay Lohan or Sanda Bullock? Who would you rather see on your magazine covers?

Photo courtesy of ABC news


Eileen said...

And these same incredibly talented, confident women will go on to be "Foxy Over Fifty", "Sexy Over Sixty", "Stunning Over Seventy", and "Eligent Over Eighty"! :-)

Charlestongirl said...

Nicely said, Eileen! I love it! Elegant over Eighty ought to be a book title. Want to write it?

Eileen said...

I'm still working on the sixties, but when I make it to the eighties, I'll let you know about that book! Lol !