Christie Brinkley Admits Her Confidence Takes A Hit Every Time She's 'Categorized' By Her Age
The other day, supermodel Christie Brinkley took a moment to discuss the ageism she and other women are constantly subjected to by society.
On Instagram, the star expressed her feelings about the situation after being included in a Buzzfeed list titled "32 Celebrities Who Are Over 50 And Absolutely Prove That, Yes, Being Older is Attractive."
"My first thought was these women don’t have anything to prove they’re just living their best life … but then I thought again about ageism in America and some of the ways that we are constantly being categorized because of our age," she wrote in her post. "Age stereotypes and rules that our culture has defined for us abound. Even the expression 'aging gracefully' should not be about one’s looks but about the attitude and energy one offers the world. Looking good is a byproduct of feeling great and showing up in the world with a heart full of good intentions, and good energy!"
The mom-of-three noted that all of the women on the list — which also named Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and Sharon Stone — are talented, "accomplished" women who "have contributed so much beauty to the world with their work."
However, "the subtle constant categorizing of women by age" makes ladies like herself "feel like we are approaching some exponential expiration date gnaws away at one’s confidence."
The SBLA skincare ambassador also pointed out how men and women are treated differently when it comes to aging.
"Did you ever notice when you read a magazine profile on a woman usually the first paragraph will include her age and often marital status and dating or marital history. These are barely if ever mentioned in a profile on a man," noted the blonde babe. "The implications and rules are limitations so yeah maybe we do have to keep proving ourselves, and break the rules and stereotypes."
"Women of every age belong everywhere they feel like being, and we can do whatever we set our minds to. We may not always succeed or win, But we’re old enough to learn from our mistakes and keep growing and evolving so we are a force to be reckoned with," concluded the Parks and Recreation alum. "There are a million older and wiser women out there reshaping and rebranding the numbers. The 50’s 60’s 70’s and beyond just ain’t what they used to be‼️... #68feelinggreat."