My blog is by an OBBW (older beautiful black woman), me. But the blog is not for black women only. When you look at the media, we do see Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and other white women over 50. But, I would say the average, non-celebrity white woman is feeling some of the same things I am about non-representation of the over 45 crowd.
If we are represented, it is usually as an aging, arthritic, wheel-chair bound, stylish, stand- offish, depressed matriarch. There seems to be a stigma surrounding “older women” and if we are ever shown with male partners, we look lonely or ignored at best. I don’t know about you, but this portrayal doesn’t grab me at all.
I’d like to bring all women over 45 together to start a conversation about what I believe is media manipulation and a subtle ignoring of baby boomer women. It is estimated that there are 77,000,000 baby boomers in the United States, with more than half being women. Millionaire Internet Marketer, Ann Sieg recently did a video that called post 50 year old women “Prime Time” and the “Ultimate Power Consumer.” While other groups are experiencing diminishing income, many women over 50 have more discretionary income than ever before. Seems to me that this is a group that should be listened and marketed to.
QUESTION TO ALL WOMEN OVER 45: Does modern media make you feel honored, disrespected, ignored or does the media have no impact on you?
From one OBBW to other beautiful older women
Hello and welcome. I started this blog because I wanted to have a place to display beautiful “older black women.” When I say older, I mean baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964.
When black women are represented in media, it is usually the 20, 30 or 40 something women, who while beautiful do not reflect the “only” beautiful women in the black community.
If older, beautiful, black women are talked about we usually see glamorous beauties like Lena Horne or Dorothy Dandridge. Makes you wonder if one has to look back in time 50 years to find beauty and if OBBWs exist outside of Hollywood and television.
Enter the blog, written by an OBBW (older beautiful black woman), specifically for “Older Beautiful Black Women.” That is a mouthful I know, but please join me to represent a silent, but not invisible group.
Beauty in America can be defined by certain types or looks. I have found that certain traits or characteristics are combined to come up with an American Beauty look. What do you think makes a woman physically beautiful? Do you believe the American media gives an accurate portrayal of beauty?
In this post, I intentionally do NOT include actresses, models, beauty queens, singers etc. I do want to offer a gallery of beautiful women as showcased by the American media.
I’ve listed some of the things that come to mind for me when I think about beauty in America:
- White or light skin
- Long, silky hair
- Blonde or light hair
- Exotic brunettes
- Small, European features
- Small boned
- Light eyes (blue, green, grey, hazel)
- Hollywood type make-up
This is simply my opinion after living in America for almost 60 years. If you watch television at all, you will see that the commercials, prime time shows, anchorwomen and reporters have gotten away from more “mature” women and now generally fit into the areas I listed. With few exceptions, most magazines represent beauty along these same lines. I live on the West coast, so this is my reality.
I admit that when I travel, to the East and South, women of color are represented more often. If you are over 45, female and African American you have no chance of meeting these criteria. Were you blessed to live in a nurturing family and community where African American were esteemed and honored? Count yourself as blessed. If not, you have probably lived with the label of not being beautiful most of your life. So, what is a Black Woman to do? Let’s start an open dialog.
Please leave comments. I’d love to hear from you. OBBW