Christie Brinkley has lived a life quite different to most of ours. But her words on ageism in an interview with Daily Life this week are likely to resonate with every baby boomer around.
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The 61 year old is a model. Not a former model, not an ex-model. She is a model and is still modelling today. She celebrated her 61st Birthday by appearing in a turquoise swimsuit on the cover of American People magazine. She admits openly and honestly that yes, she receives help in the form of hidden bras, hair extensions and flattering lighting but she’s proud she’s still able to do what she loves.
In the interview when asked about the changes within the modelling industry she said, “Right now, I think we’re seeing the opening up of the last frontier, which is ageism.”
“They always said the baby boomers would change the numbers, instead of allowing the numbers to dictate to them. I think we’re the first generation that literally is saying, ‘A number doesn’t define us any more.’ And we’re not just going to …” she pauses to smile and drop into a “scary” voice, “fade to grey.”
Do you feel like the baby boomer generation more than any others has kicked the age stereotype bucket? Do you see baby boomers doing things that break the mould every single day? Do you feel like you’ve achieved more in your life – so far – because you’re a baby boomer who isn’t going to let age define you?