The Sex Appeal of Mature Women

Forget #HotGirlSummer! Fifty-year-old Jennifer Lopez and 43-year-old Shakira look good all year round!

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Real,” hosts Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Amanda Seales discussed a recent BuzzFeed article where the author says she gets “personally offended whenever anyone expresses shock that someone in her fifties can look so good.”

Aside from the Super Bowl LIV halftime show performers, writer Shannon Keating also mentioned 50-year-old Jennifer Aniston — who stunned in a vintage Dior dress at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

For Houghton, women like J.Lo and Aniston don’t look good for their age… they look good, period!

“I think in this case it’s not a ‘for your age,’ it’s just like, ‘Holy crap! You look amazing. How is this possible?’” Adrienne exclaimed. “Let’s be honest: I think J.Lo, Shakira, Sofia Vergara, bunch of others, Halle Berry, look better than some of my 20-something-year-old friends!”

While Mai doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with saying someone looks good for their age — “It’s true. You do look good for 50” — she applauds women who prioritize their well-being.

“Most women back then, I think these women concentrated on being moms and they put their kids first, so they didn’t have the time. Like, you see J.Lo coming in and out of gyms all the time, being with [Lopez’s fiancé Alex Rodriguez] to work out,” Jeannie explained. “Nowadays it’s trendy and cool and important for women to put themselves first.”

Drawing on her experience as a stylist, Mai says women should ignore outdated fashion rules about dressing “age-appropriate.”

“But it is about taking care of yourself and staying with the times. When I used to style, the number one thing that would make women age is this term that I hate to this day, and it would be to look ‘age-appropriate,’” she said. “And I would get knocked down if I dressed women with great legs in a skirt that was above their knees. Or in a tank top if they had great arms. Don’t worry about your age. You dress agelessly, and you can have your own J.Lo moment.”

However, Love notes that women should not feel pressured to conform to “unrealistic” standards of beauty.

“Women out there, understand, do not be upset about these unrealistic expectations. People that have money, people that have time to work out,” the comic dished. “If you go to a high school reunion, you see real women that are of age, and they look great too. Do not put unrealistic expectations on yourself.”


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