Girl Talk: Centenary Beauty

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

― Audrey Hepburn

What makes us feel beautiful? Most women find it very hard to name three things they like about their body, and for many, when they finally come to like the way they are built, it is too late, as age begins to play its tricks. There are so many aspects of beauty that are known to be classic and timeless. If someone is blonde, blue eyed and thin they are traditionally seen as pretty. But every decade brings with it new beauty standards, sometimes ones that stand in opposition to the ones before them, so how to keep up? Should we be curvy or slender? Tanned or fair? Long or short haired? And, what happens eventually when we grow old and, inevitably, our bodies begin to sag and wrinkle? What makes us beautiful then?

These centenarians feel beautiful just the way they are, and they share the features and details that make them gorgeous in and out. Perhaps this can teach us something about ourselves, perhaps it can even help us redefine beauty all together. 

Watch the video here 

And a bonus video hereHow to Feel Beautiful, According to 100-Year-Olds

This videos leave me smiling like a child in front of a candy shop.

Elegance and grace are to me the two biggest pillars of beauty. Joyce Carpati (86) and Carmen Dell'Orefice (83) are two of my biggest fashion idols because they escalate this two qualities to levels of divinity. Not only they carry gorgeous physics but they personify dignity, strength, intelligence and fearlessness with every gaze they blink. This two go beyond the art of the femme fatale. There's not a trace of sexualization or objectification in their looks but plane and simple, yet ethereal and powerful allure. 

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There's only one way to finish this story and it is by quoting one of my favorite writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.” 

Ava L.