Over-30 Models in High Demand
The fashion industry is notoriously obsessed with youth. Models barely into their teens rule the high-fashion runways. But life is pretty darn good these days for models over thirty. Just ask Amber Valletta.
Unlike Kate Moss, who is yet another model in her thirties still working her butt off, Amber Valletta seems to be doing less personal branding and designing clothing lines, as Moss is doing, and more traditional photo spreads often reserved for the barely pubescent. In the November issue of Elle magazine she is featured, not once, but twice. Now, don’t get me wrong, Kate certainly does her fair share of traditional modeling these days too, notably gracing the cover of W‘s big September issue.
Not only do these woman, including Milla Jovovich, Shalom Harlow and Heidi Klum, defy age restrictions in their industry, but they are smart business women with far-reaching talent as well. Many of them have been successful as actresses and designers. And, in Moss’ case, she is a downright model mogul. It’s nice to know that there is life after 30. After all, these days most ads directed at women portray an unrealistic ideal of youth and beauty. If you’re not young and thin, then you’re nothing, is often what women are told through advertising.
Well, screw that. Beauty is individual and unique. And age is just a number. Just take a look at the pictures from a steamy photo shoot from 2008 featuring, a then 38-year-old, Claudia Schiffer and, 27-year-old, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Yowza!
You go, girls. Ahem, I mean, women!