Will Beyoncé Grow Old Gracefully?

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Not saying that 30 is too old to drop it like it’s hot. No, I think that I established last time around that you’re never too old to rap, sing and party like a Rockstar. But grown women aren’t hanging at parties like that. And more importantly, grown women are not still crimping their hair.  Listen we’ve all been there.  The fear of turning or being 30+ years has, at one point, landed us all at inappropriate parties as well as the junior sections at the mall. Of course, part of it is due to the fact that we live in a society, where status is so dependent on beauty and youth.  And because of our fear of getting old, we constantly engage in the mindset that a young look is the key to maintaining beauty and social status.

And just to be clear, this is not just a Beyonce thing. Middle-aged stars like Vivica Fox, J.Lo, Madonna and Mariah Carey are starting to look a little long in the tooth to carry off the persona of the wild and carefree party girls. At some point we have to take the advice given by the younger generation and just Hang it up. Flatscreen.

The pressure for celebrity staying power has caused many of these entertainers to still wiggle in tube tops, micro-minis and taut jeans in hopes of being accepted by a new and younger fan base. The only problem is that often times older people posing as younger women threaten the social identities of young people,according to a recent study.  So, those celebrities constantly trying to look younger than they actually are may in fact be losing more fans than those who have staunchly decided to age gracefully. A great example of this is Kim Cattrall, who just so happens to be everyone’s favorite cougar from Sex And The City franchise.  At 55 years old, she looks hotter than many women half her age. And manages to pull off that hotness in a very age-appropriate fashion: meaning no Botox, no bobby socks, no glitter eye shadow and no candy-colored plastic jewelry.

I understand that there is a whole generation of youngins who don’t recall Beyoncé  singing Bills, Bills, Bills, which is funny because when that song came out, she wasn’t technically old enough to actually have bills.  And I do understand that as long as she aspires to reign as the Queen of Pop, she will forever be trapped between two worlds of trying to appeal to the younger generation, while giving attention to the fans who grew up with her. But there has to be some balance here – perhaps by showing the younger generation that life doesn’t stop at 30 years old and that you could grow old gracefully and still party while looking age appropriate?  Because there is nothing worse than seeing someone try to relive the things that they used to do in their youth when they should be on a whole other level now.

Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.

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