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This past October my hair stylist retired.  She had been cutting and coloring my hair for many years.  She had been supportive of my decision to grow my hair out from red to silver and I was close to the very end of this process when she left.  I was saddened by the loss, but celebrated the new life that she had before her. I came to accept this change and began to explore options for her replacement.

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Making a long magical story short (beginning with my nail whisperer), I discovered Charlie Price HERE, artist extraordinaire.  He felt like the perfect match and since the day that I met him, he has been cutting my hair and expanding my horizons. He started with taking off what remained of the red, and he also recommended that I submit photos to the Donna Baldwin Agency HERE, the premier modeling firm in Denver.  He referred me to the photographer Melanie Watson HERE for head shots, and with his encouragement, I decided to give it a try.

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This past week I was interviewed by the agency and was offered a contract, which I signed.  Knock me over with a feather!  So off I go on another adventure, which fits with my belief that crones should be represented everywhere!  Starting something new is always energizing and exhilarating!  I have no idea what the future holds nor do I have expectations, but I have learned to be open to new opportunities that cross my path.

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Photos By Daniel

In the spirit of “feeling free at 73” AND “old and bold,” with this post I’m entering the contest which is a collaboration between the amazing and groundbreaking blog Man Repeller HERE by Leandra Medine, Bloglovin HERE and H&M HERE #bloglovinhmawards16 HERE.  I have no delusions of winning, but that’s not the point.  Again, I believe that crones should be everywhere!

The amazing vintage couture skirt is by Michaele Vollbracht HERE and I was enthralled with its beauty when visiting my friend Robyn, the proprietress of Wardrobe Works Denver HERE, an elegant consignment store that I have frequented over the years. She kindly and generously offered that I wear the skirt for this post.  The pleasure of wearing it for a few hours will be with me always.  I don’t have to own every garment that I love, and there’s something grand and sustainable in letting go.

Black basic tank – H&M, vintage skirt by Michaele Vollbracht, black heels and bold beaded necklace – Wardrobe Works Denver, black vintage Schiaparelli headpiece, orange glass drop earrings and wide black patent leather belt – estate sales, and black shrug – Florida consignment shop.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe And Tell HERE at Style Nudge.

53 Comments

  1. Big congrats! Always thrilled when I see or read about a brave spirit stretching! As a fellow old crone…somedays I feel as if I have disappeared…the media and society, in general, just seem to ignore those of us over the age of 40!! Can’t wait to see where this takes you!

  2. Congratulations on signing with the modeling agency – what a kick! I would love to be able to do something like that.
    The H&M contest sounds fun too – ya never know, you could be the big winner.

  3. Congratulations!! It does not surprise me one bit you were offered a contract! I am actually astonished it did not happen earlier; you are so obviously the perfect representative for our age group. I am really looking forward to viewing your work.

    Thank you so much for exemplifying a woman who is aging so wonderfully!!

  4. Wow wow wow! Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blog and looking at your pictures. The combination of your words and gloriously styled outfits energize my psyche! And to read of your latest adventure, well, that’s just delightful and inspirational. And the skirt, well, to ditto Merle’s comment: “Love the skirt omg!”

    I think the older we get the more wonderful it is for us and others that we create new avenues of discovery and exploration for ourselves. Whoopee!!

  5. Hellooooo Any and Everyone!
    I am Dolly. I am interested in pursuing the modeling world at 75+ and you are an inspiration!
    Where to start! I have a picture I could submit however, to WHOM?
    I sent it to Ari’s page and I am the one with the red feathers and large hat with flowers on it.
    Anyone out there willing to support my endeavor with ideas for me?
    Thank you and “let your light shine, that others may find their way”.
    Dolly

  6. Congratulations! What an exciting adventure to be on…you are incredibly inspiring. I love love your phrase “old and bold” and hope you don’t mind that I use it…with credit to you of course. Rock on, you deserve your fab life I am sure of it.

  7. WOW. It’s like you stepped out of Elsa Schiaparelli’s imagination! LOVE THESE clothes and the way you look in them – and that hat?!?
    !!!
    And yay for your signing with Donna Baldwin – YES gorgeous amazing crones like you should be everywhere — I cannot wait to see more of you in print! It’s well overdue IMHO. Cannot wait to see your radiance spread across the world —

  8. OMG the hat actually IS Schiaparelli? I didn’t see that before I wrote my comment – it’s brilliant, as you are in it – XOXO

  9. Oh Judith! I am so very, very happy for you! Of course you should model! With all your style and grace it is a perfect match for you. You look stunning BTW in this fabulous skirt.
    Congrats!!

  10. Congratulations dear Judith, you are a natural at modeling and will represent crones in all their beauty and diversity! Love, Janet

  11. Congratulations, Judith! I love your attitude to change, accepting new challenges, and having fun. And this gorgeous outfit! What an amazing skirt. Is it quilted? All the best for lots of wonderful times with your brilliant new career!

  12. Be still my beating heart – that skirt is the most glorious thing I’ve ever laid eyes upon. You look absolutely wonderful.
    I’m not surprised that you’ve been snapped up by a modelling agency, I often look at the women of all ages on the Guardian Weekend pages and think of how you should be there, too. xxx

  13. Exciting news, Judith!!! Well done. You are BOLD and BRAVE and BEAUTIFUL. That skirt is breathtaking (on you).

  14. Brilliant, a new future, a totally fabulous and amazing skirt, new hair, great neckwear – WONDERFUL and deliciously inspiring.

  15. What wonderful news, Judith. Yes, you should be represented everywhere, so everyone can see you feeling free at 73 both bold and beautiful. xxx

  16. I am soooo happy for you, and can’t wait to see what new adventures this opportunity brings into your life. I died a little inside when I saw that skirt on your IG feed – what a spectacular piece, and you wear it beautifully. XO

  17. Judith, you are beyond amazing! What an inspiration you are to so many women. Congratulations to you, I’m so looking forward to following along on your new adventure

  18. Congratulations. They are so lucky to have you on board. I honestly can’t believe you weren’t snapped up by an agency long ago. You’re gonna knock it out of the park!

  19. Judith this is the MOST fantastic news – I am so, so happy for you – congratulations!! I actually wrote a post a couple of months ago about why I thought brands should use older fashion bloggers as models, using Melanie’s pictures for Claire Cormeau as an example. There’s a wealth of untapped talent among fashion bloggers, so let’s hope you’re the first of many!

    Catherine x

  20. Also LOVE that you are a genius at making thrift store finds work beautifully. Can you write a post on how you perform this magic? 🙂

  21. hi,
    wonderful photo and beautifully composed outfit.

    I think the necklace is one I made. (www.etsy.com /shop/Bernsenarts
    It looks fabulous on you.

    Best of luck in your modeling career.

    regards,
    marianne Bernsen

  22. Hurrah, congratulations and very well done! I’m delighted to hear of your wonderful news and I’m not in the least surprised that you have been snapped up by a modelling agency. How exciting to be opening a new chapter in your life Judith. You are the perfect example of how positivity breeds all things positive!
    Love
    Anna x
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

  23. I am in awe…. what a beautiful picture you paint. I don’t know enough superlatives to describe this.
    Your contract sounds amazing and so deserved. We all saw this coming. You are too good to be true. So photogenic, such a good frame, such a beautiful face. You are going to make it dear lady. Congratulations.
    Oh and I want a shrug… never seen this, but OH How I Want This.
    Greetje

  24. That’s just wonderful news, Judith, huge congratulations. You are a super star anyway and modelling is going to get you into the stratosphere!!! And what a wonderful skirt.

    Btw, I’m sorry to have missed June’s hat attack. I just wasn’t able to post whilst away in Norway. I’m back now and will be joining you for the July session – can’t wait!

  25. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!
    OF COURSE YOU GOT THE CONTRACT!THAT HAIR DESIGNER knows a PERFECT MODEL when HE see’s it!
    I am THRILLED for YOU!!!!!!!!!Awaiting your COVER shot of VOQUE!
    BRAVISSIMA!!!!!!!
    XX

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