Twiggy, 65, On Why She's Not Hanging Up Her Leather Pants Any Time Soon

03/16/2015 02:01 pm ET | Updated Mar 17, 2015
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She may be in her 60s, but fashion icon and designer Twiggy says she won't be hanging up the leather pants any time soon.

"I refuse to say women of certain ages should not wear certain things. It’s all about how you wear it," the 65-year-old model said last week, The Daily Mail reports. Twiggy was on hand at a reception for the launch of a new report outlining how the British government can help keep post 50s in work.

"It makes me crazy when I read magazines which say 'if you’re a teenager wear this, if you’re 30, wear this, if you’re 40, wear this,'" she said.

Twiggy started her own career as a teen, after dropping out of school at age 15, and is a bit of an anomaly in the modeling world, having a career spanning several decades. She recently collaborated on -- and modeled for -- a clothing range for British retailer Marks & Spencer, and has been the face of skincare products for Olay.

Twiggy's sentiments have been echoed by other post-50 celebrities, who feel women are unfairly judged for being sexy and provocative after a certain age.

Last week Madonna also spoke out against her critics, saying it's her prerogative to stay in shape and "show my ass" at any age. "Who’s to say when I can show my ass? It’s sexism. It’s ageism. And it’s a kind of discrimination," Madonna told The New York Daily News.

"If I have to be the person who opens the door for women to believe and understand and embrace the idea that they can be sexual and look good and be as relevant in their fifties or their sixties, or whatever, as they were in their twenties, then so be it," Madonna says.

It appears both Madonna and Twiggy intend to be trailblazers for older women everywhere.

You go, girls.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misattributed to Twiggy several statements made by Madonna in her earlier Rolling Stone interview.

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