If you search “beauty” on the internet, the main results you will see have to do with skin care, cosmetics, youthful appearance, hair products and, of course, beauty pageants. People all over the globe carve out thousands of dollars from their paychecks every year just to look beautiful. Today, our society continues to harp that in order to be someone of importance, or be noticed, you must exhibit certain elements of beauty. And the younger you look, the more appealing you are.
Contrary to popular belief, studies are showing that senior adults are actually more content with their looks. In a recent survey conducted by Gallup, “66 per cent of Americans aged 65 and over ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that they always feel good about their appearance.” In contrast, “only 54 per cent of those aged 35 to 64 feel great about their looks.” Gallup suggests that senior adults have a different sense of style than youth in America today, and yet they are satisfied when they look in the mirror. Could it be that “as people age, a different set of societal expectations and appearance standards lead to a renewed sense of confidence”?
A new documentary seems to point to that conclusion. Advanced Style, showcasing senior adults and their unique sense of fashion, is now playing in select cities in the United States. Ari Seth Cohen, the creator of this documentary, as well as of the Advanced Style blog, spends most of his time roaming the streets of New York City in search of older ladies and gentlemen that are completely confident in their own look. Cohen believes that the older generation has it right: “personal style advances with age.” Seniors are at a stage in life where they don’t have to worry about impressing others. As a result, they feel the freedom to wear what they want.
Maybe it is the societal expectations that change as one ages, or maybe it’s the beauty found within that continues to grow and flourish, which leads to outward self-confidence. Whatever the case, we don’t have to be young or hip to exhibit the beauty that God has given each of us. Beauty is not skin deep, but soul deep.