13 Women Who Own Their Age

These amazing women believe in celebrating, not concealing, their years of experience. Join them in MORE’s campaign to banish the last American taboo: admitting your age
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Daisy Fuentes, 41

TV host; clothing and fragrance entrepreneur

"When I turned 40, it all of a sudden became part of the headline of whatever article I did. But hopefully it will still be part of the headline when I’m 50 and 60 and 70, because that means I’m still around."

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Rosanna Arquette, 49

Actress; documentary filmmaker

"In a year, I’ll be 50. I want a big rock concert for my birthday."

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Helene Gayle, MD, MPH, 53

President and CEO, CARE USA

"Being able to appreciate who we are and having a sense of self-acceptance is where we all become authentic beings and the people who we are supposed to be. So claiming your age is reclaiming your authenticity."

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Judy Collins, 69

Singer; songwriter; founder, Wildflower Records

"If it’s going to take me until I’m 80 to figure out how my career is supposed to go, then that’s the way it is. I’m never going to retire."

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Amy Tan, 56

Novelist; librettist for The Bonesetter’s Daughter, an opera based on her novel

"There’s always this idea that there is something better about early brilliance. But I’m a late bloomer; I first got published at 37."

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Martina Navratilova, 52

Tennis champion; advocate for gay and lesbian rights

"I’ve been over the hill longer than most people have careers. I’ve been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have careers, so it’s okay. It’s like, cool, you know; it’s like, ‘Watch this!’"

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Alexandra Lebenthal, 44

Founder and CEO, Alexandra & James, a wealth management company

"My grandmother worked on Wall Street her whole life, until she was 93 years old, so it gave me a certain level of confidence just to go in and do what I needed to do, regardless of my age."

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Liz Smith, 85

Columnist; cofounder, wowOwow.com

"There is a lot to be said for growing older and wiser. When you get to my age, you can say anything you want."

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Gloria Allred, 67

Lawyer; advocate for women’s rights

"At age 67, every day is Independence Day for me. It’s freedom!"

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Ellen Archer, 46

Publisher, Hyperion Books

"You know what? I’ve earned every wrinkle … I don’t have any problems or any regrets, and I wouldn’t want to be 26 again."

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Sheila Johnson, 59

Cofounder, Black Entertainment Television; president, WNBA’s Washington Mystics

"I don’t want to fit into that kind of stereotype of a wealthy older woman just lying around, waiting — for what? What am I waiting for? I am working to live out my life to the fullest."

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Susan Love, MD, 60

Medical director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, which works to eradicate breast cancer

"In my profession, it’s not until you get to a certain age that people start giving you any credibility."

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Lesley Jane Seymour, 51

Editor-in-chief, MORE

"It wasn’t until I turned 50 that I realized a wealth of experience had collected in my gut. Now I use it to guide every decision I make."

Originally published in MORE magazine, November 2008.

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First Published Mon, 2009-04-06 17:54

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