One need look no further than current advertising campaigns to see that women aged 50 and beyond can be held up as examples of stunning beauty. While we might expect the exquisitely gorgeous, such as Halle Berry and Christie Brinkley, to always remain that way, campaigns starring everyday beauties like Queen Latifah and Ellen DeGeneres are proving that women can be dazzling at any age.
Queen Latifah had already established herself as a talented performer and songwriter when she surprised the public by becoming a spokesperson for Cover Girl. Known for their ad campaigns featuring the flawless skin of young, painfully thin models, Cover Girl took a step in a new direction and attracted the accolades of millions when they chose the plus size Latifah to be the new face of beauty.
Proving more than ever that beauty comes from confidence and making the best of the assets you have, she developed herself into the ideal image of unconventional beauty. Women all over the world have her to thank for breaking down boundaries and preconceived beauty images by displaying a simple poise and classic sophistication that is always attractive.
She is not done yet! Queen Latifah is now also the face of Pantene hair care products, which she proudly recommends for the wide variety of styles that black women wear. She has spoken for National Donate Your Hair Day to combine her role as hair care spokesperson and desire to help do good for those who are undergoing chemotherapy. In the search for a woman who can be admired for beauty – inside and out – Queen Latifah certainly fits the bill.
Ellen DeGeneres is another example of a woman over 50 who continues to be successful in many areas, including looking great. DeGeneres is quoted saying, “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” She has proven time and again that she has a clear vision of herself and isn’t afraid to show others. The moment that may have demonstrated this more than any other is when she told the world that she is gay during her daytime television show.
Though her show was initially cancelled due to her bold move, her bravery soon paid off with her show renewed and millions of fans applauding her willingness to stand up for her convictions. Comedian, actress, writer, and talk show host, Ellen has plenty of skill, but when she became a Cover Girl spokesperson, the world realized that she is also beautiful.
Her look, created with minimal makeup and simple colors, emphasizes natural beauty that glows with confidence. She is an inspiration to all women over 50 who have convinced themselves that this youthful look can no longer be achieved. Without being sexy or swanky, Ellen simply exhibits a timeless, classic beauty.
Both of these amazing women and several others like them are role models for the rest of us. Not only do they display self-assured beauty after age 50, but also they do it while being successful women in their own right. While they have increased their visibility and revenue with their modeling work, both have also continued their career work. Each is the host of their own popular daytime television show, and that’s just the beginning.
Stirring things up once again, Latifah participated in the “Same Love” ceremony on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. During this controversial event, she officiated the wedding of 33 couples, who were a mix of homosexual and heterosexual partners. She also continues to be an example of beauty, representing Curvation underwear and Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers. Latifah carries on work in film and music as well.
Besides hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen supports many charitable foundations tirelessly. She has lent her support to dozens of charities, and devoted significant energy to three in particular. Working with actor Ben Affleck, DeGeneres founded the Small Change Campaign which raised money and awareness for Feeding America. The Gentle Barn, a shelter for animals that have been the victims of abuse, is another charity that Ellen is devoted to. Finally, Susan G. Komen was the focus of a month long campaign on her show during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Queen Latifah and Ellen DeGeneres are an inspiration and encouragement to all women over 50. They demonstrate to us that we can all be confident, successful, and beautiful.