UPDATE: Cindy Joseph passed away from cancer Thursday July 12, 2018.
Along with Jamie Lee Curtis, Cindy Joseph was one of the first women I noticed who let her hair grey grow out. Cindy has a particularly interesting story in that she started as a supermodel at 49 and was one of the first women I noticed who did not let her age stand in her way. Instead, she celebrated it.
Like Cindy, I started graying in my early 30s, and like Cindy, I ran straight to the hair salon to cover the signs of my own aging. Well, actually truth be told, I colored it at home because in those days I couldn’t afford the salon. At some point over the last decade, the word “Authentic” became a much-repeated buzzword. Was I authentic? What did that mean exactly?
Cindy’s claim to fame is that one day she was approached by a casting agent for a major fashion campaign. At this time in Cindy’s life, she was sporting her silver hair. The rest, as they say, is history. Cindy is now famous all over the world and has a wonderful line of products called BOOM Pro-Age Line of Makeup for women of every generation.
Below are some Notes from Cindy’s talk:
- Cindy Encourages us that we can become older with enthusiasm and pride
- The Shift: We started believing that as time went by we would become a lesser faded version of our previous self. That we would be past your prime, over the hill, washed up. We watched our elders become invisible.
- Do you fear to tell your age? Assuming people would see us as having limitations.
- Imaginary peak “the prime of life” …
- Our society has hit an all-time high of “ageisms” ….
- I was becoming happier, healthier, wiser … I was becoming AUTHENTICALLY me.
- Getting older does not mean getting worse.
- Covering the sign of my own aging.
- Approached by a casting agent and asked to model for a worldwide fashion campaign.
- She called her grey hair “silver” to give it the value and recognition it deserved.
- She named the movement for silver hair “The pro age revolution” was born.
I love this lady.
Cindy Joseph @ STORY from chuckumentary on Vimeo.
It will inspire and encourage you.
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