Sunday, January 07, 2007

Senior Model?

This may be THE CHEEKIEST MOVE of my recent years: I'm entering the More/Wilhelmina 40+ Model Search: open to women in the 40-60 age range who feel they have a few trips down the catwalk in them.

I'm 58 years old tomorrow, and I never took the first walk down any runway.

When I've told people I'm doing this, I've sensed:
*a whiff of disapproval (this isn't going to feed the hungry, you know)
*fear for my feelings being hurt when I don't even make it to the semi-finals
*glee and you-go-girl enthusiasm.

Or maybe these are just my own reactions, the first two of which I'm hiding from myself. All I feel is THE GLEE. I love the idea of being whisked to New York to be surrounded with pampering professionals devoted to my getting the most out of my eyeshadow. Oh, baby!

Most particularly, I love the idea of strutting around at the lofty age of 58.

Plus, I'm used to rejections: I'm a writer. I can't imagine even blinking at not making the cut. My books are much better than my looks, anyway, and they've all faced some form of disapproval along the way. I'm rarely wounded for more than a day.

So, I proceed. And I'm taking delicious pleasure in filling out the little form and sending the picture, the very one I use on this website. Doing this brash thing is for me a highly personal vote in favor of vivid life and delightful possibilities--and fun--at every age. Who wouldn't be in favor of that?

More, by the way, is a cool boomer-babe magazine, and Wilhelmina is a modeling agency. It's not too late to enter, if you're the right age.


billie said...

Wow, Peggy - in my mind this rivals the a capella singing class you took awhile back!

I am wowed by your boldness. :)


Peggy said...

I fear I'm about equally qualified for the two pursuits. But that needn't get in the way.

billie said...

Well, tell me, what are you going to do if you win??!


Toby said...

Peggy - What a great way to start off 2007. With your gorgeous red hair you have an unfair advantage before you step foot on that runway. Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

By the way, I love the last line of this post, "It's not too late to enter, if you're the right age." Should be the mantra for all Boomers. Get into the game .. now! Thanks for the inspiration.

Peggy said...

It takes strong sun and/or camera flash for me to get that much red. Thanks for your votes of confidence, Billie and Toby. I had my picture taken today for my Duke University ID card (I start a semester of teaching there this week.) The photo was worse than my passport. Didn't encourage me to get my hopes up.

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