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It’s Not How Old, But How You Are Old That Matters


Penny McCormick finds there’s a correlation between beauty and busyness when it comes to ageing well

“I once heard someone say, ‘I shall die very young. How young? I don’t know. Maybe 70, maybe 80, maybe 90. But I shall be very young,” so said the venerable fashion editor Diana Vreeland who, over 50 years before Emile Ratelband was making headlines about self-identification, was defining the difference between getting old and ageing.

Emily Ratelband, you may recall, is the 69-year-old Dutch motivational speaker and positivity coach, who fought (and lost) to legally change his age so that he might fare better on the dating scene. “Self-identifying” as 49, Ratelband is undiminished and has vowed to appeal the judgement. There is no word yet on his success with finding a partner.

But I digress. Many of my own muses, including actress Diane Keaton, 72, beauty entrepreneur Olivia Chantecaille, 72, and editor and writer Diane Althill, 101, are proof of the adage it’s not how old, but how you are old that matters.

So which celebrities are ageing naturally and which are reaching for the Botox? Find out below.


Rosita Missoni, 86
The Italian designer credits a passion for work and gardening as the key to her beauty. She is a fan of colour, pattern and statement jewels.

Dame Judi Dench, 84
Had a “Carpe Diem” tattoo inked on her wrist to celebrate her 81st birthday. She is still acting although she suffers from macular degeneration.

Lauren Hutton, 74
The model refused to fix her nose and gap teeth when younger and was Vogue Italia’s cover star for its “Timelessness” issue in 2017.


Jane Fonda, 80
Fonda has said she regrets her two facelifts but claims they gave her an extra ten years. And a contract with L’Oréal. Was it worth it?

Sophia Loren, 84
La Loren once said “everything you see I owe to spaghetti,” but we think she should add “scalpel” to that. Her jawline looks too taut …

Priscilla Presley, 72
Presley is the victim of Dr Serrano, her plastic surgeon, who is in prison serving time for injecting her face with industrial silicone.

What’s her secret?

Dame Joan Collins, 85
Has starred in Kurt Geiger’s Characterful Style campaign, starred in American Horror Story season 8 and launched her own Timeless Beauty range on QVC.
Believes in: Everything in moderation – with the possible exception of husbands. She’s on to number five.


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