It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I can’t wait to go grey, and my partner is of a similar mindset, regularly complaining about his beard not having enough silver in it for his liking. Going full silver fox is definitely not considered a bad thing by some people — grey hair can bring with it the implication of wisdom, dignity and demureness. I mean, in theory it should. Unfortunately, though, there exists too much erasure of people who have actually reached the age of naturally grey hair within our media — especially when it comes to women in fashion. Who’s the first person you think of when you think of “aging gracefully” or when trying to remember someone who’s a babe with grey hair? George Clooney? Richard Gere? Basically any dude over 50? Yeah, thought so.
That’s why when I saw Joni Mitchell’s New York Magazine cover yesterday, I felt a little whoosh of pride and excitement. She looks amazing and ethereal in her white caftan — just another win in the string of triumphs for visibility of “women of a certain age” of late.