Long ago, in Hollywood, a woman over 40 years old went the way of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. We’ve come a long way baby, and 40 isn’t what it used to be. In fact, women of a certain age have made great strides in redefining outdated beauty standards.
With advances in skin care, diet and cosmetic procedures, it is possible for women to maintain a youthful appearance long into their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. Still, sex appeal has far more to do with attitude than appearance. Here are some thoughts on rewriting the rules from our favorite sex symbols who still sizzle.