Today at Darling, we are celebrating not one, but two wins for women! Combatting ageism in Hollywood and gaining well-deserved recognition for human rights activism are both reasons to celebrate in our book.
No longer known just for her iconic 90’s haircut, “The Rachel,” Jennifer Aniston has gained dozens of accolades, including an Emmy, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe, for her film and television roles over the past two decades solidifying her star power in Hollywood. And now, at the age of 47, she can add one more award to her growing list: World’s Most Beautiful Woman. In an industry known for its strict beauty standards and age discrimination, particularly for women, Aniston continues to prove that age is nothing but a number. Being 47 years old doesn’t define her, but being called beautiful at every age is a message that we at Darling stand behind. As she states in her interview with PEOPLE, beauty is “Inner confidence. Peace. Kindness. Honesty. A life well-lived,” and that prevails in women of all ages.
Diversity in our perception of beauty is expanding and we commend these huge steps in forward thinking and encourage others to embrace the beauty in variation.
Furthermore, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that the portraits of several revolutionary women are going to become even more recognizable across the United States as faces on our printed dollars. Most notably, former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace slave owner and previous president Andrew Jackson on the $20 dollar bill. This is the first time in America’s history that a woman’s face will be honored on paper currency since Martha Washington graced the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century.
Tubman will also be joined by the portraits of women’s suffrage leaders Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony on the back of the $10 bill, and African American Opera Singer Marian Anderson will be shown performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial along with former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the back of the $5 bill.
We celebrate and honor these strong women, past and present, today and every day. Diversity in our perception of beauty is expanding and we commend these huge steps in forward thinking and encourage others to embrace the beauty in variation. As we continue to see these changes in the media and in our culture as a whole, we’re reminded that beauty and confidence have no age limit, and that resilience and determination are worthy of great recognition.