“Half a dozen global studies, conducted by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Columbia University, have found that companies employing women in large numbers outperform their competitors on every measure of profitability.” — The Atlantic
Recently cosmetics brand NARS announced that the gorgeous Charlotte Rampling is the face of its 20th Anniversary campaign. Ms. Rampling is 68 and says she's never had any cosmetic surgery. I believe her. Judge for yourself.
Even more recently, fashion brand Marc Jacobs announced it's named the gorgeous in her own right Jessica Lange the face of the brand's beauty line. Ms. Lange is 64. If she's had any work done on her face it was very little. She looks like a sixty-ish-year-old woman.
It wasn't bad enough that Lululemon's founder blamed the company's too-sheer yoga pants on "women's rubbing thighs," a Lululemon store in Bethesda, Maryland, celebrated the holiday season with a window that says:
Cups of Chai Apple Pie Rubbing Thighs?
The Internet called them out on it and Lululemon has since taken down the offending window advertising.
On the most recent cover of the AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) magazine you'll find my new idol, long distance swimmer and defier of age stereotypes, Diana Nyad.
Can we stop for a moment and think about what she did?
The fact that she even once attempted to swim the 100+ miles between Cuba and Havana is remarkable.
Her first attempt was in 1978, at the age of 28. She didn't make it. So she tried it again. About 30 years later at the age of 60. SIXTY!
Unfortunately, she again didn't make it. Because of jellyfish stings and asthma, she had to stop after swimming "only" 25 miles. She went home. Continued to train. And tried again. And again.
On her fourth try she swam 100+ miles and was about 10 miles from shore when those damn jellyfish got the best of her. She came so close. But close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. So she tried again.
The fifth time was the charm. Yesterday Diana Nyad became the only person who's been able to conquer the swim between Cuba and Florida.
You may have heard about the controversy surrounding this image of Beyonce. It was distributed by Roberto Cavalli in a press release. Cavalli designed the above stage costume for the singer.
The controversy surrounds the freakish photoshopping that makes Beyonce look like a fashion sketch. And fashion sketches depict women as emaciated, elongated human clothes hangers whose only purpose is to make clothes look appealing.
Reportedly, Beyonce is not happy.
The whole thing reminded me of this anorexia-awareness ad campaign from Brazilian modeling agency, Star Models.