It looks like it’s time to put the sex(y) back in sexagenarian.This week, both Marc Jacobs Beauty and NARS announced new faces that depart from the more typical ingénue; 64-year-old actress Jessica Lange will front the former luxury line, while 68-year-old English actress Charlotte Rampling will appear in ads for the latter.For Marc Jacobs, the idea to use Lange came from personal fandom for the actress’s role in the “American Horror Story” series. “We’ve set up the idea that, like with a lot of our shows, we should surprise and do something different—what we’re going to give visually in terms of the print and image is not what you should expect but what inspires me…so we used Jessica,” Jacobs told WWD.And while the announcements sent shockwaves through the Twitterverse (where Marc Jacobs Beauty actually dropped the news), it’s part of an already burgeoning trend that is challenging and perhaps even changing the prevailing image of beauty.
“I just did a cover of People magazine with Christie Brinkley at 60, and a shoot for New York magazine where the women ranged in age from 69 to 97,” says celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme Beauty at Every Age Expert Sandy Linter. “Companies are realizing that women of ‘a certain age’ today still want to be active and relate to a sense of glamour that is appropriate for themselves—and that’s very important in selling product,” she adds.Linter, who is a member of the age group herself, says it’s representative of how we now look at these years as not an ending, but as an exciting beginning to yet another stage of life. “Many still work, want to go out and have fun, and enjoy life while they still can! Spokesmodels like Jessica and Charlotte are great examples of active women in their 60s and beyond.”We think this trend is hopeful for the younger generation, too. With beautiful women like these to aspire too, maybe the obsession with looking 25 forever will fade and getting older won’t seem so scary and instead be something to look forward to.MORE: Why You’ll Eventually Love The Photos You Hate Today.