MAPLE LEOPARD: 06/12/15

Friday, June 12, 2015

Look Who's a Style Icon at 77



Jane Fonda Cannes 2014.jpg
    Photo: Wikipedia.org

Who can deny the timeless style of Jane Fonda!?!  She has always exuded class and confidence, and at 77 years old she is being haled a style icon.  Her recent quote says " I had a vision, I wanted to give a cultural face to older women."  Most of us have followed her down through the years on the big screen in several iconic roles. I have always admired her as an actress and for her strong confidence and resilience.

She is quite amused that people are giving her the title of  "fashion icon".  At the age of seventy-seven she is a sex symbol, fitness guru, and Oscar winning actress.  She started her acting career in NYC in 1959.  Her father Henry Fonda was not keen on her idea to become an actress.  In spite of his discouragement, she forged ahead and carved out her empire. 

Jane's fabulous sense of style first showed up in her movie called "Barefoot in the Park". She was a bohemian babe in her suede boots, slim corduroys, and camel car coat.  She admits her fashion sense was not so great in the beginning. She started out as a model to earn money to further her acting career.  As a model she said she found it hard to keep up, as she did not care about clothes or the constant pressure to always look good.

When Fonda divorced for the 3rd time at 63,  she felt her life was about to start over again.  After a hiatus from acting for several years, she was asked to be a presenter at the Academy Awards. She came out glowing in her Vera Wang gown, and caused the crowd to be overtaken with awe. She was back with timeless style!  Her career was then restarted, and she has never skipped a beat since then.

As a middle aged woman I am absolutely inspired by her tenacity to never give up. Reinvention can come at any age! It is never ever to late to chase your dreams.  If you can dream it, you can do it!  What is it you are dreaming of?  Who has been an inspiration to help you pursue those dreams?