When I was asked to represent AARPs #DisruptAging to support their efforts and bring to light the important topic of ageism, women, and empowerment, I knew this was meant to be. What is interesting, or interesting timing is that some very specific words downloaded to me last week when I was writing, right before I got the call about this project. And it really struck a cord for me. I cried actually. Here’s what came flowing out: “Being able to use style to change lives is my speciality and the ability to share that information with more women is my calling.” My calling? Where did that come from? Well apparently that was hiding deep down in my soul all along and it was the perfect moment and what perfect timing as that continues to align me with the Disrupt Aging conversation.
Leading up to an opportunity to meet and interview the absolutely ageless and inspiring Beverly Johnson (watch our video interview here!) I really took the time to marinate what does Disrupt Aging mean to me? And it hit me – my whole business IS Disrupting Aging. When women come to me for personal styling there tends to be a commonality in their challenges that led them to reach out to me. As we have gotten older and our bodies have changed, we have seemed to equate that rising age and size number with the lowering of our worth. It’s almost as if women view aging as something that diminishes who they are. It’s a glaring issue that arrises year after year. Birthday after birthday. And I even have caught myself doing it. Saying things like: “I’m old!”, “I’m irrelevant!”, or “Why would anyone hire me, I look too old?”
But that ends today! And the conversation starts now. One thing (among many) that I learned from Beverly Johnson was that your mind will manifest. And if you continue to negative self talk, you’ll eventually begin to believe those words and surround yourself with that kind of energy attracting more of that negativity. You reap what you sow, so to speak. But if you make the conscious choice to battle that (because we all do it!) with self-love, compassion, appreciation, pride, confidence and never taking no for an answer (something Beverly’s career was built on), imagine the possibilities?
We women don’t diminish with time. We are more defined with time. It’s our lives and our stories that make us the incredibly strong, powerful and beautiful women that we are. But what does it takes to truly Disrupt Aging? It takes acceptance. It takes owning it! It takes wearing what makes you feel like your best self. It takes that inner core of confidence from within and sharing that powerful energy with the world around you.
At the Icons of style: Fashion Models in Photography Panel at the Getty Museum featuring Beverly Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs, and Patricia Velasquez and moderated by Booth Moore of the Hollywood Reporter, Beverly said something that really stuck out to me. She said, “We NEED disruption in order for change to come about.” This conversation is that disruption. Beverly is that Disruption. I am that disruption. And you can be too! The more we talk about it, the more we shed a bright shining light to the topic and the challenges women face as they age, (And yes we will ALL have to age.) the more we can open minds, open hearts and make way for women to continue to step into their personal power.
As the great prophet Beyonce said: “Who run the world?”
Love this shot of our #DisruptAging team!
Here are more photos and behind the scenes from the fabulous Icons of Style Exhibit at the Getty Museum!
**This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own.