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My New Style Role Models

Ari Seth Cohen, flanked by two of his models. -Image courtesy of Huffington Post/Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Ari Seth Cohen, flanked by two of his models. -Image courtesy of Huffington Post/Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

In my last post, I shared my delight at discovering the modeling industry is experiencing somewhat of a….well…makeover.

In a nutshell, women ages 50-90+ are suddenly everywhere.

I LOVE it.

The more I researched, the more I discovered that there is a backbone, a foundation, to this sudden surge of interest in the over-50 set.

His name is Ari Seth Cohen, and he runs the blog (and now book and now movie) Advanced Style.

Cohen says the inspiration to create Advanced Style came from his closeness with his two grandmothers. He wanted to share their wisdom and beauty with others through photography.

When I popped onto his blog this morning, I was delighted to notice he is now photographing fashionable men of the same age as well.

All I can say to this whole movement is – it’s about time. 

I watched the Advanced Style documentary last night. I literally smiled from start to finish (so about 1 hour and 22 minutes worth of smiles).

Watch the film trailer!
Watch the film trailer!

These women – they are so COLORFUL – and not just on the outside.

Their insides are equally colorful, vibrant, full of life and ideas and creativity.

As some of you may remember, I blogged about my fear of death not too long ago.

Watching Advanced Style and listening to these women talk about growing older and segueing into their final days – somehow it eased some of those fears.

Everything seems so immediate in their lives. At one point in the film two of the women were invited to participate in a filming for a murder mystery series. Their main concern was to make sure the taping dates were set – and soon.

“Now” was a recurrent theme – do it now, experience it now, live it now, try it now, say it now.

A few of the women also commented on how they felt more comfortable in their own skin in their advanced years than they ever had before.

But now I ramble. And I risk giving away more of the gems this film has to offer before you get the chance to experience their joy for yourself!

In conclusion, these women are now officially my new style mentors and role models. Their confidence, their flair, their creative joy – who wouldn’t want that?

I want that.

Today’s Takeaway: Have you watched Advanced Style? What did you think of the film and its stars? Who are your personal style mentors and role models – and why? What in them inspires you and kindles your admiration and respect?

My New Style Role Models

Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering.

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Cutts, S. (2015). My New Style Role Models. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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