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Journalists Accidentally Confuse A 63-Year-Old Teacher With A Fashion Icon And It Ends Up Changing Her Life
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Journalists Accidentally Confuse A 63-Year-Old Teacher With A Fashion Icon And It Ends Up Changing Her Life

When Fordham University professor Lyn Slater went to meet a friend for lunch outside the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week, she had no idea her life was about to be forever changed. Foreign journalists suddenly surrounded her, mistaking her for a fashion icon and attracting a crowd of spectators. It was a defining moment that turned Lyn into an Accidental Icon – and made her personal style blog of the same name shoot to the skies.

At 63 years old, Lyn Slater is not exactly a typical haute couture model, but that’s part of her style icon appeal. She decries age-based discrimination in both the fashion trends and in everyday life, including the tired notion of ‘dressing for one’s age.’ “I think, if you are comfortable in what you’re wearing, no matter how old you are and you’re owning it, you’re going to look completely fine,” Slater told Refinery29 in a 2016 interview. She is currently signed to Elite London, the world’s leading modeling company, and has worked as a fashion model with brands such as Mango and Uniqlo.

Lyn is admirable not only for her unstoppable attitude, but for her edgy and decidedly fashionable style, and her Instagram page now boasts over 132 thousand followers. A happy accident, indeed!

More info: Accidental Icon, Instagram (h/t: DYT | Bright Side)

Meet 63-year-old Lyn Slater, who has, until recently, been an ordinary professor at Fordham University

One day she went to meet a friend for lunch outside the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week

Foreign journalists suddenly surrounded her, mistaking her for a fashion icon and attracting spectators

It was a defining moment that turned Lyn into an Accidental Icon

Her blog of the same name, inspired by the experience, soon began making international waves

She is now a public voice against ageism in the fashion industry and the world

“Fashion and my style help me struggle against that invisibility that comes with age,” Lyn told Bright Side

She was once asked by Refinery29 about the old notion of ‘dressing for one’s age,’ and her response was clear

“…We use language to control people’s behavior… This phrase is a way of putting older women in their place”

“I’m certain that if you feel comfortable in your own clothes, it’s completely irrelevant how old you are”

Lyn is now signed with Elite, the world’s leading modeling agency, and is working with several brands

We love this lady’s edgy style and fearless attitude. Tell us what you think below!

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Vervelende Panda
Community Member
5 years ago

Really Bored Panda? "Just an ordinary professor"? As if that's not an accomplishment in itself!

Iulia Falcan
Community Member
5 years ago

Am thinking the same :). Thumbs up for the stance against ageism, but this glorification of the transition from "ordinary" UNIVERSITY professor to model doesn't sit well with me - and I'm surprised it does with BP :(

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Sabina Sagmeister
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5 years ago

There's nothing ordinary about being a university professor. ☺

ya2nm
Community Member
5 years ago

True 😎👍

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Daria B
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5 years ago

I understand that what I'm going to say is not the point of this article, neither of her words. I also agree that one should be able to wear whatever s/he wants too. However, I still do see her as "dresses for her age". How so? Because this kind of elegance with a pinch of extravagance is universal for every adult woman who can afford to dress up.

Bettina FIsher
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5 years ago

That's why she looks so stylish!

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Tofutti Klein
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5 years ago

I'm blown away right now. Lyn was my grad school professor at Fordham 10 years ago and I had no idea she was this fierce. She looks amazing, but more importantly, she's also whip-smart and a great educator!

Megan Naomi
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5 years ago

How dare you call this woman ordinary.. fuck the hierarchy

DancingToMyself
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5 years ago

"Just ordinary " - even worse

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Victoria Oettershagen
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5 years ago

How come the title talks about her being a teacher? She's a professor at a university!!! Kind of downgrading her accomplishments here

Walter Smith
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm a teacher, and being a professor isn't much better than me. She teaches adults, and I teach the ones that grow up to be her students... :/ Don't take away my accomplishments either...

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Trace Baker
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5 years ago

Good for her!! But really WHY do we pay more attention to her fashion than her being a Professor?!! No wonder Women are second class citizens - We are TRAPPED by the BEAUTY INDUSTRY!!

Michi Bothamley
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5 years ago

It's all about vanity isn't it :(

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Kewpie
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5 years ago

"Mistaken for a fashion idol"? She IS a fashion icon.

Dana Gabriela
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5 years ago

She is now. Maybe then wasn't.

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Ildiko S.
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5 years ago

"She was just blah, a boring professor, but finally someone discovered that she also dresses well! Yeah, now she's worth something!"

Thomas Martinet
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5 years ago

Funny!

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Daisy Darlington
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5 years ago

I'm more impressed that she's a scholar and professor at Fordham. I think her fashion sense is delightful but, perhaps, on occasion tries a little too hard.

Lev Pavlovski
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5 years ago

She looks GORGEOUS! <3

Lisa Lisa
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5 years ago

nothing about being a professor at Fordham university is "ordinary"...someone please slap the writer of this article....Nothing is "ordinary" about being 63 and a professor...being a "model" does not make you "extra" ordinary....if she never graced a magazine in cool hip clothes...she would still yet be EXTRAORDINARY for being a mother, grandmother and professor....I think its great to try to abolish AGEISM just be careful how you drive this article with Pathos and Fallacies on how to arrive at the eradication of Ageism...Eradication of Ageism is not through the methods of wearing fashionable clothes or magazine spreads(not all can do this)....Eradication of Ageism is changing the narrative on how we view older individuals and what they have to offer beyond the assimilation of looking younger, hip and being a model...ijs

Mario Savioni
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5 years ago

Yes, being a Fordham Professor is profound!

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Lulu Girard
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5 years ago

Okay, what about large older women? They are much more invisible than these slender ones that get all the attention!

Katie J.
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree with Sarah -- that's a great idea for a blog. There aren't many plus-sized fashion ones geared towards young women, let alone older ones, yet the few that exist are very popular. The fashion world treats us like so much garbage, but for some of us, that's actually made us unusually determined and skilled when it comes to developing great personal style.

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John L
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5 years ago

As the Baby Boomer age, they will bring style and chic with them. They have numbers and buying power. ;D

Sarah Rogers
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5 years ago

Spot on comments! I certainly hope the fashion industry agrees - close to her age, I find much of fashion today a challenge and I am very fit, have a doctorate as well, and funds to procure attractive clothes.

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Lulu Girard
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5 years ago

I can't afford to dress like this, but people comment on my style. Being an old babe doesn't mean you have to dress like a soccer granny.

Melanie
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5 years ago

What I want to know is, what fashion icon did they think she was????

Reg Corkum
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5 years ago

lol

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IngBritt Christiansen
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5 years ago

GREAT 💋❤️😍😘

Poindexter McBean
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5 years ago

I like her!

KimberShelle Trädgård
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5 years ago

Lyn Slater has dedicated her professional life to improving how children and their families are treated under the law, and now she shares that hard-earned, on-the-ground experience to develop interdisciplinary teams uniting social and the law at one of the top schools in New York. She also happens to have an awesome sense of style.

Rotem Koizumi YazawaKousakatamir
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5 years ago

she dresses waaay better than me and I'm 14. Where do you get this magic called "style" and or "sense of fashion"?

Darlene Box
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5 years ago

I think this is awesome!!!!!!!! Age is just a number!!

Ekaterina Ponchak
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5 years ago

63? she looks more like 73 to me

Sarah Vaeth
Community Member
5 years ago

Please do go on- what is a 63 year old supposed to look like? If I have the wrong number of wrinkles when I'm 63, is it ok for me to dress stylishly or not?

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AnnieLaurie Burke
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5 years ago

Dressing inappropriately for your age is only a valid concern if you are 5'9" and trying to fit into an infant's onesie.

Jane Hurl
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5 years ago

While I love, love, LOVE her boldness and her style, there is nothing "ordinary" about this woman. Starting with her genes -- they are the luck of the draw, but hers are exemplary. Then there's her education -- that takes smarts (again, luck of the draw) and determination. No, there's nothing "ordinary" about her.

Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich
Community Member
5 years ago

LOVE this woman and the article! I am 68, have a replaced hip, rod in my leg, screws in my toe and three tooth implants AND I hiked 3 miles yesterday with flambuoyance on my body including a hat with many feathers in it I decorated! I wear glitter every day, find dressing myself creatively is enlivening and have a fun way to respond to those who think I do not 'dress my age.' I simply say, "Thank you! I don't feel an age. I just feel like I always have!" I blog on AWESOME AGING for newspapers in in southern Oregon, am the winged fairy in Ashland's notorious parades, wear costumes when teaching children self-help skills with fun dramatics and love being called Grandma Boom! www.grandmaboom.com I promise I'll be very alive the day I die! #lovinlifeisgreat@68 20170307_1...060627.jpg 20170307_123415-1-1-5911521060627.jpg

Allen John
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5 years ago

Its all in the shades that she is wearing, all in the shades

Gale McGraw
Community Member
5 years ago

Look at the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas who also dress couture, and they are ordinary people. Just because it's couture and on the edge of fashion does not mean they pay full price. These women not only have an artistic, edgy, fearless sense of style, they are savvy shoppers who accumulate quality pieces over the years. They know couture names past and present, have probably read Vogue for decades, and their maturity and life experiences add to the richness of their fashion expression. No designers or brands are scouting college professors to model their clothes, but her style is so on point that she was assumed to be a fashion elite. And now she is.

Janice Hereth
Community Member
5 years ago

All ages have their beauty as do all sizes. Let us just enjoy our lives and lift each other up. 2 thumbs up!!!

Chelsea Cabell
Community Member
5 years ago

Ok. I mean.... this is awesome that she is a model for anti-ageism. It is wonderful that this woman is expressing herself in a new outlet and being recognized for it... But, "she was just an ordinary university professor" ? What? No. What did she teach? This is part of what makes this woman awesome, too. Downplaying her intellectual side because omg now she gets to be a model is such the wrong angle for this article..

Laura Bell
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5 years ago

Not all of those fashion choices are my taste nor do they look particularly flattering on her but she is a stunning woman.

Sarah Spencer-Futter
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5 years ago

Love her - love the pink dress more...but love her

Jennifer Scott
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5 years ago

she is getting well paid even after her retirement I guess!

Anne Madag
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5 years ago

I want grandmother like her! so cool.

Shelli Blair
Community Member
4 years ago

Where do I get those white sandles in the last photo - I think at `almost` 73 I can rock them AND some of the other clothes as well - Loving the black pants with the white laces too 💕

Debra Barnes
Community Member
4 years ago

She's beautiful!!! My grandmother looked like her, and was edgy too.

Erin Zelnio
Community Member
4 years ago

Dressing her age isn't the problem. Her problem is that a few--A VERY FEW--pieces of her wardrobe are butt-ugly and should be burned immediately.

Carol Rieger
Community Member
4 years ago

She is beautiful, accomplished, has her own style. The only thing wrong is the article about her. Ordinary professor and now she is somehow more than she was before since fashion "discovered" her. Come on. Now she is just making more money, but it looks to me she has always been a style icon.

mtabroad
Community Member
4 years ago

I love her style and she looks amazing, but i'm concerned that she's only newsworthy now that she's a model and successful because she has instagram followers as opposed to when she was working as a professor....this article in itself just set equality back by about 20 years and keeps encouraging the vacuous life of selfies and seeking likes...sigh

mtabroad
Community Member
4 years ago

I think her style is amazing...but it concerns me that she is more newsworthy & seen as more successful & important to write about now that she is a model & has instagram followers as opposed to when she was working as a professor. sign...this article in itself has set back equality by another 50 years....

Meg Vollema
Community Member
4 years ago

She sounds like an AMAZING woman before and after the camera found her. An inspiration.

Ramona Davis
Community Member
5 years ago

Luv it

J Lopp
Community Member
5 years ago

I love everything about her style. She is unique and owns it

Gretchen Mailliard
Community Member
5 years ago

LOVE her..I'm in that age group as well..and I will never dress a certain age..she has Beauty,Class and great STYLE..a real icon!!!!!!!

Kristina Bramstorp
Community Member
5 years ago

You see, we are all prisoners of our culture. Two steps forward and one back is better than the opposite.

Mima Laptes
Community Member
5 years ago

One needs a university professor's income to be able to afford such nice styled outfits.

Eleonora Mendes
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks great, but much older than 63.

Eleonora Mendes
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5 years ago

63? Only? She looks much older.

Janet Rieben
Community Member
5 years ago

She is fabulous. Doesn't hurt being tall and thin to carry off the styles pictured. I love love love the pants with the bows all up the sides. Very cool.

Millie Cole
Community Member
5 years ago

I happen to believe that being a university professor is far more remarkable and admirable than being a fashion model. This article illustrates how the media still values women more for their appearance than anything else. A step backwards.

Millie Cole
Community Member
5 years ago

Sorry, but I sthink being a university professor is far more remarkable than being a model! The media is still valuing women more for their appearance apparently.

Basil Thunder
Community Member
5 years ago

Sweg

Cynthia Floyd
Community Member
5 years ago

I think she is awesome, beautiful and daring. But i kind of like being invisible. Especially when I hear what my daughter goes through with guys harassing her on the street.

Eva Autumn
Community Member
5 years ago

she has good sense of style and deserves it, but being a University Professor is an accomplishment on it's own.

Derrick Jackson
Community Member
5 years ago

10k thumbs up

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
5 years ago

Well done her, they say you shouldn't wear jeans after the age of 50, I'm 67 and I live in jeans !!

Jenny Rodriguez
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm 67 and I wear what I WANT as well! I am a Latina-American. I dress in anything from Mexican inspired to Bohemian, to American Hippie. I live in California, so shorts and a T are a mainstay. My motto has always been, Age is an Attitude! Plus, I always get complimented on my specs (funky but classy eyewear) and the hot pink and raspberry stripes in my snow white hair! Love it!!!!

Karen Leffert
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm torn about this article although I love this lady and what she has to say. I have a lot of respect for her and what she's doing however; I find the fashion company to be the ones we should thank for this. It's about time someone put an older woman on the runway and into magazine ads. It's a huge market. I think she does have a unique style but it's not necessarily a 'young' style so I wouldn't say she isn't 'dressing her age'. What I do think is that she has the perfect fashion model body and great hair. That helps. She's a lucky woman and obviously very intelligent which makes her a wonderful role model for other older women. I'm 40 myself and I still need people older than myself to look up to. I aspire to be like her when I get to that point where I'm successful enough to buy clothes from somewhere other than discount stores!

Jan Virtue
Community Member
5 years ago

She use fashion to fight against the INVISIBILITY THAT COMES WITH AGE. When we get old, society thinks we've outlived our purpose and we're not viewed as important, sexy or trendy. She's still getting a fight now, most people don't think she should be in the industry at all. It's a club for young people with tight, hot bodies, etc. She's doing her part in trying to break down the myths and that's a good thing. But in this society? NO!

Suzette Perkins
Community Member
5 years ago

This woman looks great!! Love her attitude and I want to go shopping with her!!

Sandra Crozier
Community Member
5 years ago

So I have been getting replies from my post on this page bet cannot access them ------ ergh!

Lisa Foster
Community Member
5 years ago

I have a friend, Lynda Barber who is exactly the same. Being skinny helps.

Gail Weber
Community Member
5 years ago

Let me give a piece of advice: take journalism 101.

Reg Corkum
Community Member
5 years ago

She is a lady with balls and works as a high end conversation piece. I don't see a whole lot more to this than that. Novelty. Don't quit your day job lady. It is actually a very good one and reflects intelligence. Fun to see though.

Archie Cogollos
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks fabulous...the greatest part of it is how she carries herself....wish more people did...they'd be happier....thanks....

Linda McDowell
Community Member
5 years ago

Good for her. She is representing women all over the world and signafing older women are not over the hill at all! Yeah

Violaine LB
Community Member
5 years ago

I want to become her when I grow up!

Marti Schmidt
Community Member
5 years ago

RIGHT ON SISTA!!

Marti Schmidt
Community Member
5 years ago

RIGHT ON SISTA!!

Desiree Bernard
Community Member
5 years ago

kudos to her; a very great academic accomplishment and some style and creativity mixed in with it. Although a great many professors out there are as unencumbered by traditional dressing as she is.

Laura Alimorad
Community Member
5 years ago

Lyn is amazing in so many ways. She certainly isn't 'ordinary'. And age is merely a number, not a state of mind.

Enki Valeriano
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW! I love her style! I love all her clothes :D

Serina Tsang
Community Member
5 years ago

cool lady

Laurelie Campeau
Community Member
5 years ago

Fabulous! More women should have the confidence to do exactly the same.

Holly Holmes
Community Member
5 years ago

What vervelende said!! "Ordinary professor at Fordham?!" Do you have any idea what that takes, esp. for a woman of my generation (i'm 61)? Good for her to say fuck you to words that limit women, period!!!

metalheavy
Community Member
5 years ago

Maybe it's because I just rewatched the series, but it looks like Patsy and Eddy's styles combined!

Menellia Valcent
Community Member
5 years ago

She Killed it... Like she had been doing all along. "just in a different profession...

Renee Rauso-woodward
Community Member
5 years ago

amazing..good for her and every other women who struts her pride, attitude and confidence!...i wish i had her clothes!

Isabel Cohen
Community Member
5 years ago

Fashion is outdated and boring, but this lovely lady is stunning in anything she wears!

Joelle Hubner-McLean
Community Member
5 years ago

Way to go. Always think young at heart no matter what age you are. I am also in my 60's and I never think of what an older person should wear. I was a model and I stand against ageism.

Punx Girl
Community Member
5 years ago

She's a stunning, accomplished woman. Far from ordinary.

Madeline Williams
Community Member
5 years ago

She is my new SHERO! She shows one can be "of a certain age" and still be beautiful, funky and highly intelligent!! Love her!

Anastasia Este
Community Member
5 years ago

BAD ASS!! You GO Madam Slater!!...Nothing is "ordinary" about you!!

Susan Scammon
Community Member
5 years ago

you GO,girl!! <3

Susan Scammon
Community Member
5 years ago

you GO,girl!!

Liz Purple
Community Member
5 years ago

She's fabulous

Liz Purple
Community Member
5 years ago

She's fabulous

Yow Bouy Lim
Community Member
5 years ago

She is really cool!

Barbara Berg
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5 years ago

Love how on the last page the first photo that they've used mixed sized models and not just one and they're all beautiful

Will Wheaton
Community Member
5 years ago

This is awesome. Life truly begins at 40. This is the same premise behind the new video for the hit U.K. song entitled How Do You Do. The video features an almost entire cast of 40+ grown and sexy adults. Watch here:https://youtu.be/fjdb3LOyecE

Lau Yaya
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow!! Her fashion sense is strong yet extraordinary!!! Impressive!!

Ionescu Mihaela
Community Member
5 years ago

OMG I LOVE HER!!!

Mandy Hughes
Community Member
5 years ago

Fantastic! Why should we let other people dictate what we should be wearing! She looks edgy, fun and very glamorous I wish I had the money to be able to dress well. Good on you lady have fun youlook blinking marvlous xxx

Judith Oliver
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the way she looks, good for her. But have to say that had I dressed like that when I was teaching at university I would have got tangled up in the media equipment or fallen down the stairs. Would have had the students' attention though.

Maria Bumbac
Community Member
5 years ago

I think there is effectively a trend to not notice aged people but a scar makes it obsessional. Are we going to live to shaow the others that we struggle invisibility by making ourselves enormously (and sometimes ridiculously) visible or are we just going to live our lives being comfortable anf free to wear the clothes we like, sayinf the words we love, doing gestures we care for, and accomplisging our dreams no mater what the others oppinion?

Elly Essenberg
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm 80 years old and since I am a cat person 95% of my clothes are printed with cats. On a cat forum I read the next: I don't know how to act my age, I've never had that age before. That sentence I us when someone says something about it.

FullSpectrum Survivalist
Community Member
5 years ago

I like how this article said the same things over and over yet said nothing. If you are going to claim she was mistaken for a fashion icon several times, how about saying who it was at least once.

Choong Alan
Community Member
5 years ago

The way she dresses is stunning. Other than that she looks no different from any other grandmother.

Tracey Dufault
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5 years ago

She may be a sassy granny with her haute couture, but model I don't think so. She has one expression...she looks pissed off in all of these photos.

Susann Campbell
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5 years ago

If she were ordinary she wouldn't be where she is and who she is.

Caroline Driver
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5 years ago

I probably wouldn't wear what she is wearing, just cos it's not my style, but I do love her attitude, and I certainly agree with her statement “Fashion and my style help me struggle against that invisibility that comes with age,” We do, probably men too, become invisible with age. Grace and Frankie has addressed this as well. Well maybe there are more oldies who will be more vocal, in one way or another, as there are more and more of us and we won't be as invisible as our grandparents were

Zidders Roofurry
Community Member
5 years ago

"As soon as you're interested in what is good taste, then you're in bad taste land already. What's comfortable and what represents your life-what's unique and individual about you-that's style." -Jeff Goldblum

Brian Cleary
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5 years ago

"Ordinary Professor?" What sort of professor? What are her specialties? I love when she wears her hair up!

Stacey Rizzi Nathanson
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5 years ago

Love her on every level!

Maurice Jackson
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5 years ago

Amazing in so many ways...

Andre Shorter
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5 years ago

wheres the pictures they took that day of her?

Bruno Calazans
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5 years ago

Holy shit she looks amazing! I literally gasped at the second picture!

Julie Brown
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5 years ago

Absolutely Fabulous!

Helga Kelly-Nagy
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5 years ago

love it!

Charles Slavens
Community Member
5 years ago

She's a babe fur sure!

Terry Gallemore
Community Member
5 years ago

I hope those were not her clothes as I think they looked very silly on her. I adore individuals = ADVANCED STYLE by Ari Seth Cohen= but I fail to see her appeal. She has great hair however.

Barbara Hirschbeck Hughes
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5 years ago

She's smashing! I agree with her philosophy re age and dressing. She has two careers/ major accomplishments. So good for her.

Bonnie Wing
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5 years ago

I think she's fabulous! She's beautiful,stylish,no wonder you took her for a Fashion Icon!!

Andrew Read
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5 years ago

Isn't this just a continuation of objectification? They choose a skinny physically attractive female because it might make them some money. They would not discuss this with a slightly overweight 60 year old bloke, because they continue to pursue a particular stereotype.

Andrew Read
Community Member
5 years ago

Like to see someone say the same thing about a slightly overweight 60 year old bloke wearing young bloke's clothes... Further. Some of us like to be invisible.

Anja M Grohs
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5 years ago

Go Lyn go, you have it and they don'!. I love almost every single shot, elegantly dressed worn with pride and grace, and you get paid for this, wonderful! Keep on trucking !!!!!!!!

Caroline Mede
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5 years ago

I love her style

Caroline Mede
Community Member
5 years ago

wpw/// I adore her...love her style

Dianne Berner-Conner
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5 years ago

Lyn is flipping amazing! I must admit I now have my hair styled to mimic hers (I am stepping on 61 years old) - and I have dressed, danced and beat to my own drum for my whole life! Seeing Lyn out there doing her own thing is wonderfully inspirational for women of all ages! Brava!

Dianne Berner-Conner
Community Member
5 years ago

AND she is brilliant, accomplished and out there teaching!

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Georgio Rogers-Hogan
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5 years ago

simply amazing....

Maria Holdren
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5 years ago

LOVE!!!

Jane Hurl
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5 years ago

While I LOVE what she does with fashion and with her hair and glasses ... there's nothing "ordinary" about this woman. Starting from her genes -- she's extremely lucky. By her education, she is both smart and very determined. None of those three attributes are "ordinary".

Cindy Yendt
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5 years ago

LOVE this lady! ABSOLUTELY! She is a radiant beautiful life force... LOVE her style and essence! What a FANTASTIC ROLE MODEL for all!

Sandra Howell
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5 years ago

It's not just the style, it's the attitude. She's fantastic!

Lisa Greene
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5 years ago

Nothing ordinary about being a professor! And nothing ordinary about her!! I love this woman, more people should be like her!

Louise McChesney
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5 years ago

I like her and her look. I don't care what age she is.

Lisa Slade
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5 years ago

She is effin... KILLIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mirriam
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5 years ago

She reminds me of baddie winkle from Instagram.

Evelyn Moran
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5 years ago

At least give her a push up...

Evelyn Moran
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5 years ago

At least give her a push up...

Sebastián Sebastián
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5 years ago

I vote for her as the next Dr. Who.

Mario Savioni
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5 years ago

She is a professor, that means she is probably extremely bright and by her statements she proves that, but she is also profoundly fashionable, where it took foreigners to recognize a person's ability to cross perceived boundaries, which speaks to America's prejudices. We have our culturally and creatively inept, the whole slew of homophobic, puritanical, racist, constitutionally-and-Declaration-of-Independence-challenged and we have someone, who is also confronting one of the many threatened protected classes. Not only is she a professor and model, but she is an American true to the bone.

Joachim Rimer
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5 years ago

Age 63? Holy Shit, that’s just 8 years ahead of me! 8-O

Joanne Karaczun
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5 years ago

I noticed she was "stylin'" Trump's mother's hairdo!! CoPm9WWWEA...7e3d3e.jpg CoPm9WWWEAAFElF-5911ecd7e3d3e.jpg

Joanne Karaczun
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5 years ago

I noticed she was "wearing" Trump's mother's hairdo!!

TheNomint
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5 years ago

Woow i love her!

Angie Schaeffer Delagrange
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5 years ago

Love this - thank you for this - it helps others of us who do think we need to wear our age. Kudos for being a role model to us middle and older age women!

Chester Rhodes
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5 years ago

I love it! Like I always say.... You wear the clothes the clothes don't wear you. It's all about attitude and confidence!

Sandra Ryan
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5 years ago

Lyn is a shining example for all of us middle age-ist women to aspire to. We do not have to graduate to the stretch pants and moomoo tops.

Gloria Trower-Brown
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5 years ago

Beautiful style, lovely lady. AGELESS XOX

Bill Volckening
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5 years ago

I wouldn't say they confused her with a fashion icon. I would say she was a fashion icon waiting to be discovered.

Kristie Endraske
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5 years ago

Love this! Be the best YOU, YOU can be! One of a kind ,no one like you ever!

Cassandra Carrington
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5 years ago

That's incredible! "Go head with your bad self "❤💋

Mary Steedman
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5 years ago

nice pics.

Nurettin Bozdoğan
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5 years ago

ALL SUPER..THANK YOU VERY MUCH....

Ben Mason
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5 years ago

I'd say being a Professor is a lot harder than a fashion blogger so you should delete the word 'ordinary' from your post.

Joy Williams
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5 years ago

She IS dressing her age. I see no short skirts, unnecessary amounts of book, ridiculously high heels or hidden hair colour. Blinkin' good for her I say!

Johanne Cantu
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5 years ago

Love it.

Sun Rise
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5 years ago

cool

Beth Boyle
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5 years ago

She is just great. I feel inspired by her.

Alan Hope
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5 years ago

Yebbut she's wearing those ridiculous factory-ripped jeans, so that's the end of fashion icon status in my book. Every chav on the underground is going about in those. Why not just add a Burberry baseball cap?

Miriam Hughes-Cholewa
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5 years ago

Woman looks AMAZING. Inspiration...

Marie W.
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5 years ago

I totally believe dress like you feel. Yes it does help you feel young, but it helps the young except who you are. She stands out because she embraces​ her sexuality and not her age. Bright minds​ don't age.

Kamei Mercy
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5 years ago

heads up to all the future lady be who you are. Learnt from her and transcend your unique styles not a slave to fashion but let fashion be your slave.

Vanessa Bergem
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5 years ago

Owning it! What a sexy woman.

Marina Boshoff
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5 years ago

Love it!!!!

Ronaldo Streeter
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5 years ago

I have two girlfriends in that stream, both are lovely and lively fashion fish. One 49, one 64 tell me which is which? LOL

Diane Moffatt
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5 years ago

If only I was skinny and wealthy.

Abhishek Beck
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5 years ago

Devil wears prada

Marian Bentz
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5 years ago

Beautiful!!! I love it all! Good for her!

Becca Sadler
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5 years ago

Inspirational!!!!

Carol Saladino
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5 years ago

if she's 63, I'm looking like 20, looks more like in her 70's

Sarah Vaeth
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5 years ago

Relevance?

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Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich
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5 years ago

LOVE this woman and the article! Bravo! I am 68, bionic with replaced hip, rod in leg, screws in a toe and three tooth implants and I hiked 3 miles yesterday plus enjoy swimming 20 laps at a time. I wear hats with lots of feathers, am the winged fairy in Ashland, Oregon's parades, have worn glitter every day for over 15 years, and love flambuoyance. I cannot afford the extravagant outfits seen in this article so I get very creative and have fun dressing every single day! When others suggest I am not dressing my age I simply say, 'thank you' and 'I don't feel any age - just feel like I always have.' Someone once told me she thought it was our responsibility to decorate the world. I figure why wait for Xmas! I can decorate me every day and it keeps me more alive to use that creativity and feel my spirit rise and shine. My work for children inspires me to be a vibrant role model at 68, dressing in costumes teaching self-help skills. Janai Mestrovich aka Grandma Boom www.grandmaboom.com 20170307_1...529a45.jpg 20170307_123415-1-1-59114ed529a45.jpg

cyberbird
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5 years ago

You should post yourself so we can know more about you. Congrats your gorgeous.

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Magdalena Bertola
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5 years ago

I want to be like her when i grow up

Debra Whyte
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5 years ago

I think it's fantastic! Good for you …good for her! What is wrong with people in this world? Waaaay too much negativity and judgement. If it was any one of you…you wouldn't complain…..imho….

Maureen Zappellini
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5 years ago

Totally dig this woman's style- as an over 50 artist with turquoise hair I absolutely agree that style is ageless & smart woman rule!

Anjelah Abrvsci
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5 years ago

I want to be her when I grow up. :)

Lyn Dimaano
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5 years ago

NO professor is ever ordinary, puhleez!

Cynthia Albert
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5 years ago

Sign me up...I'm 59 and was just an ordinary nurse.

Pi...
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5 years ago

Goes to show, that models are ordinary ppl too! It's aaaall in the mind and attitude towards life!

Lulu Girard
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5 years ago

It's the shoes! I can wear a t-shirt and Bermuda shorts, but with a pair of funky, cool shoes, you have a statement! Why don't they focus more on older women of size? I've seen quite a few quirky fashionable big women here in L.A. Size discrimination still exists.

Edwina Tyler
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5 years ago

I LOVE it because I'm older it's wonderful and she looks with It come puck some more out there, good for yall.

Sarah Alcaraz
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5 years ago

She slayed it😊! Cheers to you model professor👒👢👚💼🍸

Viki Anderson
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5 years ago

I think she is AMAZING! Love her!

Irene Scott
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5 years ago

Sorry for being dense, but exactly which 'fashion icon' was she mistaken for...?

Walter Smith
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5 years ago

I think she's beautiful and gorgeous, but the fact that most of the comments are saying she didn't dress like this when she was 'discovered' are probably right on. This is a photo shoot for the article. However, she was wearing something that day, and carrying herself rather well also, to be noticed as a possible fashion icon. I give it to her. I think she's completely awesome! :)

Jane Hathaway
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5 years ago

I want to grow up to be her....

Marie Piazza
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5 years ago

absolutely, adorably love this article and she is the coolest chick ever. good to see ageless and making 60 and beyond much more interesting. is she her own stylist. I love the opposites attract dressing. sleek and strategically disheveled. Bring on the 60.

Cathy Wright
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5 years ago

Love this woman and her style! She is right on target with wearing what you like when you like!!

cyberbird
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5 years ago

Classy ladie, her portrait on the first picture depicts her natural beauty.

Christal Hayes
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5 years ago

My new hero! I love that she is unapologetically her. We live in a society that thinks younger is better, this woman blows that idea out of the water.

Harpa Amin
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5 years ago

I think this is just great and also that she had the guts to turn this into something so unusual for her age. I am a bit older and also do something in films, commercials and for TV and am proud of being able to do this.

Brian Snow
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5 years ago

I think she's FAB-U-LOUS!

Steven DiGiantomasso
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5 years ago

I am thinking Sexy sensual incredible Andy Warhol Woodstock fashionista. Keep bringing it Lady.

Maureen Howard
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5 years ago

this is wonderful...I refuse to age gracefully...I will fight it every step of the way.!! I do not want to wear "granny" clothes! She is edgier that I will ever be, but good for her!!

Sydney Charnley
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5 years ago

Professor: yes. Ordinary: NEVER!!

Kevin Adcock
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5 years ago

What the article meant by "Ordinary professor" wasn't an insult people, it was a statement of popularity. Not too many people know the name of a university professor unless they were in their class, and half of those people forget them anyway. Her job is majorly important, but NOW SO MANY MORE PEOPLE KNOW WHO SHE IS and instead of just TEACHING young adults university information, she's teaching the WORLD that you can be closing in at a century and still be the most beautiful person in the room and rock some beastly outfits.

Thomas Martinet
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5 years ago

Bullshit!

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Cheryl Adams
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5 years ago

Great attitude! Now try being old AND disabled. Talk about invisibility.

Tesla Sulu
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5 years ago

professor of what? just curious

Tesla Sulu
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5 years ago

Love the brown 1930s inspired specs (spectacles, eye glasses) in pictures 3 and 4. Anyone know the brand or where/ how to get them? Thanks!

Aileen Pol
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5 years ago

Bored Panda, just put everything in one page!!

Angela Eddins
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5 years ago

She looks AMAZING!!!! I love her style!

Susan Schwartz
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5 years ago

i would hope she is a university professor first. and thank goodness they didn't run across a non-skinny 63 year old dressed fashionably. (no offense, professor!)

Lahoma Nally-Kaye
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5 years ago

I was thinking this same thing....

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Shauna Earp-Ballinger
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5 years ago

I think she's fucking rad and this amost 50 year old broad says "suck it ageism" while wearing pig tails in my hair and Chuck Taylors on my feet!

Flora Polvado
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5 years ago

Who would've thought I'd find a new role model at "my age."

Katrina Marshall
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5 years ago

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lyn's attitude! This is something we should all strive for! To feel young and vibrant at all ages!

varwenea
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5 years ago

Are these model pictures or her daily wardrobe? She looks stunning!

Urthona Black
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5 years ago

She is so beautiful! ^_^ Aaaand being a professor isn't ordinary at all! :)

Urthona Black
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5 years ago

She is so beautiful! ^_^

Annie Apples
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5 years ago

Just unique. X

Sunset Pitcher
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5 years ago

I absolutely love this as people should get whatever fashion no matter how old

Meowoui
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5 years ago

You go, rock the cat walk..magazines...ect

Deann Johnson
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5 years ago

She is simply fabulous. :)

Sophie G
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5 years ago

there's hope 4 moi yet!

Lorraine Coxon
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5 years ago

Love her!

Jonnie SeventyOne
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5 years ago

She could be Tilda Swintons mother.

Jessica Hertling
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5 years ago

Right on, Lyn!

Carolyn Cintron
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5 years ago

I'm in love with her style! She's my kind of person! <3

Nina Spitzer
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5 years ago

She is true to herself.

Jasmyne Le
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5 years ago

Perhaps it's her dressing but she reminds me somewhat of Edna Mole from the Incredibles

Deborah Lamb
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5 years ago

She does look fantastic! And definitely nothing of the "Ordinary" sense at all. Having said that, I do feel though, that some of the clothing that has been selected for her could be a little more class and less brass ... not trying to defeat anyone's age appropriate comments! I consider myself to be quite a stylish trendsetter and don't I don't think I would allow my age to defy how I feel. All I'm simply stating is tone it down just a little!

Mardene Patton
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5 years ago

I'm sure that the company that discovered her is supplying all her clothes and I think she looks AWESOME!!! and I think it's wonderful she was discovered..I just HOPE and PRAY as a PROFESSOR teaching our next generation SHE WASN'T A LIBERAL!!! :)

Marilyn Guinnane
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5 years ago

Personally, I think she looks as bit ludicrous. There is something refined and dignified about dressing for one's age---oh not in the old fashioned way, as matters were when 'I' was young but one degrades oneself donning teeny-bopper outfits in one's sixties or seventies. I do not think older people get enough respect in our youth oriented culture, so that trying to dress 40 years younger than one's age only worsens matters.

Captain Planet
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5 years ago

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haha cool. I don't really agree that invisibility comes with age. Why would that be the case? It's your decision if you want to take more or less part in society. If you stay at home yes. If you go do stuff with friends or join a club how are you insivible? And everyone I know will think she's awesome for doing what she enjoys.

Janice Foster
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5 years ago

I've heard many women day they've felt invisible as they got older, as they are perceived as less attractive and relevant than younger women. It can be as simple as not being given the attention they used to be when shopping; not being treated as a priority. I haven't noticed it myself, but my features aren't consistent with what society deems attractive, so it might be a case of "you can't miss what you've never had" for me! ;)

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