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Lyn Slater (Instagram)
Lyn Slater (Instagram)

‘Accidental Icon’

Stylish older women become hits on Instagram thanks to legions of young followers

By WITW Staff on June 22, 2018

Instagram is not just for millennials anymore. A growing community of women over 60 are becoming cult icons on the photo-sharing platform, drawing approval, praise, and admiration from followers who are often less than half their age. Lyn Slater, a 64-year-old professor at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University who models and blogs in her spare time, boasts more than 500,000 followers on her Instagram Accidental Icon.

“I flaunt it,” explained Slater, whose featured styles can include combinations of Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, and items scavenged from consignment stores or flea markets. “ I’m not 20. I don’t want to be 20, but I’m really freaking cool. That’s what I think about when I’m posting a photo.”

“The idea of what these older women look like has changed,” added Ari Seth Cohen, a street style blogger working on a documentary about the “fashion and wisdom of the senior set.”

“If they were stylish in their youth, they will still be stylish now,” Cohen told The New York Times. “They continue to be who they were.”

Part of the reason an older generation of fashionistas has been able to find renewed success, suggested Slater, was because “young people don’t seem to have the same biases that older people do — they don’t like categories.” That trend has even spilled into the mainstream fashion world — where legendary models such as Isabella Rossellini, who was once fired from beauty brand Lancôme at age 42 for being too old, has now found herself the face of the brand once more at age 65.

“Wear what you like,” said Dorrie Jacobson, an 83-year-old former Playboy bunny who models lingerie on her Senior Style Bible Instagram. “Age-appropriate has nothing to do with it.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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