Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Golden Globes: Is this the Year of the Woman Over 40?

Golden Globes
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It's no news that the fashion industry continues to largely ignore women over 50. However, I like to think our age group is starting to get noticed here and there. Every so often, a designer, such as Lanvin, or a clothing brand, like Talbots, Uniglo or Chico (to name a few), celebrates the older woman by either using models or spokeswomen of a certain age.

At the same time, I get excited when I notice women over 40, 50 and beyond being recognized in other industries and professions. I like to think changes in other fields will encourage change in the fashion world. Case in point: The 2014 Golden Globe Awards.


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Judi Dench, age 79
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We've all heard how the movie industry ignores the actress over 40. Her career is basically over. However, this year's Golden Globe Awards has already proven that the old stereotype may be changing. Tonight, the Golden Globe Awards will be honoring two actresses in motion pictures (one for a role in a drama and the other for a role for a comedy). Seven of the 10 nominees are women over 40. Here's the list of nominees...

Best Actress in a Drama
Cate Blanchett, 44, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, 49, Gravity
Judi Dench, 79, Philomena
Emma Thompson, 54, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, 38, Labor Day

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, age 52
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Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, 39, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, 44, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, 30, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 52, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, 64, August: Osage County

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Meryl Streep, age 64
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Isn't it fantastic that all these women have been recognized with nominations? I hope it's a sign that times are changing. I'll be watching to see who wins and (of course) what all the lovely women are wearing. Naturally, I'd like all the women over 40 to take home the award. However, if I had to pick one: Judi Dench.

Which Actresses Are You Hoping Will Take Home The Award?

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Emma Thompson, age 54
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