Amazing Grace

12/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Darryle Pollack Author, Artist, TEDx talker. Cancer Survivor. Founder WHOA! Network

I'm constantly astounded by all the formulas and fillers and surgeries and suction and other stuff women do in desperation to drink every last drop from the fountain of youth. So it was a rare treat recently to see a woman on a movie screen who's over a certain age -- and actually looks it.

It's not a surprise -- that the movie was a documentary.

It is a surprise -- that it's The September Issue -- the film about Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue. A magazine so far from anything resembling reality---seems like the last place you'd find a real woman who looks her real age. And I don't mean Anna. If you have seen the film, you know I mean the real star of the movie -- my new role model: Grace Coddington.


She sticks out like a sore thumb -- in the movie and in real life.

I admit I was captivated -- just seeing another woman my age with more hair than I have.

But it's not just the wild red mane. Grace has it all.

Talent: A former model who is now the creative director of Vogue.

Power: In a tough business, she's managed to survive and get the ear to the throne.


Courage: not just to stand up for herself, but to stand up and be herself.

Confidence: Living inside a fashionista's fantasy, swimming upstream in a sea of Botox, not to mention working with Anna, Grace has undoubtedly earned every crease she wears so comfortably.

Comfortable shoes: She might be the only woman at Vogue who doesn't have an intimate relationship with a plastic surgeon and a podiatrist.

Whether you've seen the film or not, (read this if you haven't) I think women everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to anyone who demonstrates what it means to age Grace-fully.