The Race to Stay Young: Ageism
With the 22nd SAG Awards coming to an end this weekend, there has been a lot of social buzz around Susan Sarandon's (age 69) appearance on the red carpet. She was given the honor to pay tribute to the late David Bowie and Alan Rickman and was also nominated for her role in "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe". However, there has been little talk about her moving speech or professional achievements; instead everyone can't seem to stop talking about her wardrobe choice for this event. Sarandon arrived in a tailored ivory powersuit by Max Mara sans top revealing a black contrasting bra and what I might call her trademark look. Posing side-by-side daughter Eva Amurri who is wearing an Electric Blue mid-drift baring long sleeve gown.
So why is it after countless other women who walked the red carpet that day (showing far more and wearing much less) do we spend so much time scrutinized Susan Sarandon's choice for exposing some cleavage at 69 years old. I am not here to talk about whether you like the look or not - that's a personal opinion but I will not stand for others turning their noses up at a beautiful women and calling her tacky just because she is 69 years old (thanks Piers Morgan). I can only hope to have the confidence she has at any age.
'She may be drawing attention to herself and some may find that uncomfortable but I think it's for all the right reasons. Sarandon has always dressed this way.'
After reviewing countless images of Sarandon I can honestly say she has always been a women who has shown a little skin. Being confident with her body and age throughout her entire life is quite an achievement. This is not something I would consider to be tacky. "If she wants to show it off, so be it." Just because she is almost 70 does not mean she should be ashamed of how she looks and be required to cover up.
When I was a young girl, I can remember anxiously counting down every birthday until I was 18 years old. And now that I am 29 and wishing I could be 29 forever - I think to myself when did the scale tip? When did I stop wishing I could be older and wiser and start dreading the coming year ahead? When did we all start obsessing over being young and decide that it was no longer ok to age. The answer is I don't know. But I can say this, beauty is only how we define it and currently our culture defines beauty with youth and sex appeal. If you don't fit into those standards than you can expect a certain amount of scrutiny from the masses.
Susan Sarandon says it best herself, "I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point."
Well said Susan, well said.