In 2004 I stopped dying my hair. I had stopped wearing make up long before that. Maybe it was my hippie roots but I’ve always been bothered by corporate selling of gender, gender, gender.
Buying/wearing make-up doesn’t make me a woman. Changing the color of my hair isn’t something I have to do because I am a woman.
I think more folks need to read Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. Long before everything about being a woman became all about gender, gender, gender she wrote about how gender is used to define and limit women, making them truly the second or lesser sex.
She wrote how gender defines and limits, enslaves women and keeps them from achieving greatness or even the freedom to be themselves.
Joan Didion, 80 and fragile-looking, appears under wispy, chalk-white hair in the spring advertising campaign for the French brand Celine.
With her signature cheekbones as hard as granite under her long silver tresses, Joni Mitchell, 71, stands out as the new face of the Saint Laurent Music Project.
Dolce & Gabbana, too, features gray-haired models in its spring and summer collections.
Meanwhile, young celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie have all played with gray tresses.
Various trend reports call gray hair a hot look for 2015 — for both younger and older women.
For the past several years, though, gray hair has already been seen on the catwalk and the red carpet.
When model Kate Moss first showed gray streaks in 2010, everybody thought it was a dry shampoo gone wrong. Nicole Kidman sent thrills though the fashion world with her silvery strands.
Glamour magazine in the United Kingdom even asked whether gray hair among the young is the new “granny chic.”
This is great news for women of a certain age — who spend an average of $330 a year hiding their gray because they’re afraid that it makes them look old or puts them at a professional disadvantage in a work world filled with younger women.
Charla Krupp, author of How Not To Look Old, reinforced that fear when she once said, “When you’re competing for a job with someone who’s 10 years younger or 20 years younger than you are, being gray is the equivalent of wearing a necklace that says, ‘57.’ Would you do that?”
Such a sentiment hasn’t deterred men from showing the gray.