While I'm not a fan of her or her husband, I was shocked to see in your blurb on Ann Romney the description of “Mrs. Mitt.” Really? As if she's nothing but “the little woman” standing by the side of her man? Honestly, in this day and age? Shame on you.
Of late, I bought a variety of women’s magazines I hadn’t bothered with in some time, and it made me appreciate MORE all the more. Let me preface this by admitting that I am 63 years old, want to stay young, vital and fit, but seem to appear that way naturally. Most men think I'm in my forties. As a matter of fact, I’m trying to let down a “younger” man over half my age, who is smitten with me, because not only do I know he will totally freak out if he were to know my age, but ultimately I want a worldly man with greater life experience and I don’t want to hurt him. Young men hit on me all the time, yet if that ultimate man isn’t in the picture, sometimes a girl has to let herself have some fun, and yes, I mean sex with vitality. I think the obsession men have with me is that I love to have fun and I am totally me. I never become the woman I or other woman think that men will want. When you are being authentically you, it’s a magnet that draws them to you. If they don’t adore who you actually are, why waste their time or your own? Being sassy doesn’t hurt either, nor that I’m slim and don’t hide my small waistline. But what I hear most from men of all ages is that they see me as a light. My current young friend told me that he looked across the bar and saw “a light through the darkness.” He also said that most people in bars are depressed, but I was having so much fun that he couldn’t resist approaching me. A few of my lady friends and I stopped there after an art opening. I wasn’t looking for a man, just dancing and having fun. I think when you enjoy life, it radiates and is a magnet, regardless of the facial life lines. When you’re diligently searching for the right man, it colors your presence. Being blind to what is around me is not the case. I noticed him looking, and he was so cute, I couldn’t resist his advances. I hear all the time about the lack of men for women of my age, and true, there may be fewer in number, but there is no lack if you are one of the ones who embraces life fully and can have fun regardless of whether there is a man on your arm or not.
That said, I love how “real” your magazine is and especially appreciated your retort to the contradictions of being of a certain age and wanting to look younger. You embraced truth as it is, and I applaud you for that. To run a magazine, you have to have advertisers so there is no fault in providing a range of age-defying products, especially if they work! Beyond that, I love how you interview many categories of people, share varying points of view and stimulate mind and awareness with book reviews. Keep up the good work!
All right. Once again, I discover that I can learn so very much from other women!
I entered your Beauty Search Contest and logged on to check out the other entrants. Now, keep in mind I entered not because I think that I am so extraordinarily beautiful . . . I entered because I wanted to share my story and joy with other women who may need a little inspiration while facing a similar set of circumstances.
Of course, I could have guessed this, but I am so inspired by all the women who have entered that I printed out all their profiles. Every single entrant (I have read them all) has a good point, an inspirational story or a great piece of advice. I wish that I could have all these women over for the weekend. They are all so dynamic! I am going to share these incredible stories with my kiddos . . . one story, one day at a time. And now I see the good intentions of More's editors—who cares who wins? We all benefit from reading about one another's beautiful lives. Genius!
--Jill Lynch Graham