Victoria Beckham Also Turned 50; The Complications Of Women Entering Their 50s In The New Era

Victoria Beckham: We live in an era of “aspirational aging,” when getting older means entering the second act of a new life and glamor show.

Happy 50th birthday, Victoria Beckham! I want to be among the first to welcome this pop star turned beauty and fashion giant into my decade. She is said to have thrown the biggest parties and is sure to love this new phase of her life.

I’m 54, and while I’m by no means as successful, rich, or attractive as her, it’s an interesting time to be a woman of a certain age.

Victoria Beckham, It can be said that it is the best period in history to be a woman over 50 years old. Now that many of the icons of our youth are approaching this milestone in the 1990s, aging has undergone the greatest transformation.

Little by little, but surely, respect has increased. Middle-aged women such as Davina McCall, Lisa Snowden and Mariella Frostrup, who are considered to be prominent media figures, are loudly encouraging us all to celebrate the “second act” of our lives.

And we have more freedom than ever to do so. Our children no longer bind us. The mortgage bond has also become looser.

Victoria Beckham Also Turned 50

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Victoria Beckham, We agree with Olivia Colman, who turned 50 in January, when she said that “Don’t Call It That Place” has some delightfully useful moments because we’ve reached an age where we don’t really care what you think about what we say and do. This kind of freedom would astound our 20- and 30-year-old counterparts who always wanted to please others.

There was a time when if you saw a woman over 40 in a movie or on TV, she was probably one of the “golden girls” of silver hair, spouting black humor about being close to death. At the age of 55.

Come back to see today, when women over 50 are on screen as Sarah Jessica Parker and her co-stars flaunt their glamor around town. At 50, my grandmother wore Hush Puppies and baggy pants and curled her hair, while my friend Sarah and I shopped shoulder-to-shoulder at Zara for the same sequined shirts and skirts as teenagers.

Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and her daughter Lila look more like sisters in their new ad campaign for Calvin Klein. Likewise, Naomi Watts, 55, and her 15-year-old daughter, Kai, sat in the front row of the Dior show earlier this week.

But the reality is that the issue can be a little more complicated than the “ideal aging” messages we are bombarded with. For me, seeing Beckham limping around in that chunky medical boot is the most apt metaphor I can think of for this stage of life: the glamorous high heel on one foot, the other broken from falling. The yin and yang [plural of opposites] of middle age is crystallized right there in a human being.

No matter how big a smile we put on our faces and “embrace” the fifties with open arms, if you scratch the surface, you’ll find difficult emotions underneath. I can’t imagine that Moss, once the face of Generation X, never had a moment of regret when he looked at Leila’s firm, youthful skin.

Victoria Beckham, If we were all sincerely and honestly happy and satisfied with being a certain age, my friend who turns 51 this year wouldn’t be going under the surgeon’s knife today to make her breasts (as she says) “freshen up a little”.

Another friend of mine, who is 54 years old, did not think so much about the fact that the coffee shop of “Costa Coffee” last week mistakenly thought that she was the grandmother of his children. And when I received the National Health Service colon cancer screening package last Saturday, I probably wasn’t so worried about my own death.

But in this new age of glorified storytelling, are we even allowed to admit that we’re actually a little worried about getting old? With all the fuss about how incredibly empowered we all are supposed to feel in our fifties and beyond, what if you really don’t feel good?

Victoria Beckham, Is it still possible that there’s room for real honesty about all the vacillations that naturally come as you enter the midlife decade?

The problem is that we may not have it all figured out yet. If so, are we simply replacing negative ageism with another scary kind of “toxic positivism” that silences anyone who might need a moment to say they hate the new bum staring back at them in the mirror??

Or just feel a little confused: as my daughter honestly told me, “No, you don’t look old, but you don’t look young either.” And it is this period, the gateway between youth and old age, which can make many people feel a little aimless. What should we do before we get really old?

Victoria Beckham, When I interviewed Davina McCall late last year, it was a moment that stayed in my mind. We were there to talk about her new lingerie collection, Sessi, which aims to give middle-aged women a sense of confidence and glamor back when they put on their bras and panties.

I love Davina’s infectious energy and it was there when she explained how the collections are designed for everything you might need – the best underwear for working out, the ones for when you want to feel really empowered and ready for work. Be, the others are suitable for date nights.

When I jokingly asked, “Do you have anything for when you just want to sit on the couch and eat cookies and watch Netflix?” He looked me straight in the eye and said, “I would never do that. Never.” With this, he put me in my place.

Victoria Beckham, But I am 54 years old. You know, sometimes I just want to sit on the couch. And probably my worst gray pants are my body. Because as much as I like to think I’m dynamic and energetic and dress fashionably—and present myself to the world that way—sometimes my arthritic knees really hurt and don’t help. Because I am 54 years old.

And like the good woman that I am, middle-aged, I want the benefits of both: all the positives of ideal aging, yes. Of course, along with enough healthy honesty about its less glamorous realities.

Victoria Beckham, So Victoria, I know you want to tell the world how wonderful you feel to have reached your fifties – “the age where you’re taking the world for granted” – please know it’s not a betrayal of the age positivity movement if you put your foot in that big boot. Put the sofa and admit that it hurts a little.

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