We Did It! Women Who Reinvented in Their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s

Each of these famous faces took a chance on a second act

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Josie Natori

Investment banker to fashion designer (30)

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Victoria Beckham

Singer to fashion designer (30)

 

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Ina Garten

White House policy analyst to Barefoot Contessa (30)

 

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Julia Child

CIA officer to master of French cooking (33)

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Martha Stewart

Stockbroker to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (35)

 

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress to lifestyle expert (Goop.com) (36)

 

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Christy Turlington

Model to public health advocate (36)

 

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Joy Behar

Teacher to comedian and talk show host (37)

 

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Cindy Crawford

Model to beauty entrepreneur (Meaningful Beauty) (35)

 

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Vera Wang

Magazine editor to fashion designer (41)

 

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Queen Latifah

Rapper/actress turned daytime television host (43)

Peggy Sirota

Trisha Yearwood

Singer to Food Network star (48)

 

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E.L. James

TV executive to 50 Shades of Grey (48)

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Susan Boyle

Caretaker to singer (48)

 

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Iman

Model to designer (Iman Global Chic) (52)

 

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Belinda Carlisle

Singer to home decor designer (53)

 

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Oprah Winfrey

TV host to network executive (55)

 

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Madonna

Singer to fashion designer (52)

 

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Olivia Newton-John

Singer to entrepreneur (Gaia Retreat and Spa) (57)

 

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Linda McMahon

President/CEO of WWE to candidate for U.S. Senate (61)

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Suzanne Somers

Actress to public health advocate (61)

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Elizabeth Warren

Professor/government worker to U.S. Senator (63)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Teacher to writer (65)

 

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alla 08.03.2014

I've just read the article "We Did It! Women Who Reinvented in Their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s"
It's sweet. But is it really about reinventing oneself? From model to designer? from singer to designer? It's not really inspiring. From the point of view of women like me, i.e. having not bad jobs at all, and even decently compensated, but so-o-o routine and boring and soul-sucking, it's not really reinvention, just developing another direction. It's essentially for me, being a secretary learning a foreign language. It's nice, but it's not reinvention. The women in the article are ambitious and hardworking - no question. But when they decided to move in a new direction, they already have a name and finances to be successful in their reinvention. For someone like me to be, let's say, a landscape designer is not an option: as a secretary at a good company i make more than non-celebrity landscape designer. Could you find stories of women - not celebrities, but Janes-next-door who were successful in reinventing themselves, not necessarily becoming super-rich in the process, but living their new lives not on the brink of poverty?
Thanks,
Alba

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