Barbra Streisand, the iconic singer and actress, has been in the public eye for over six decades. Known for her timeless elegance and powerful voice, she has always been a symbol of confidence, grace and sophistication but there was a time when she didn’t feel this way.
“I was always an odd duck – writes Streisand in her 900-page memoir ‘My Name is Barbra‘- But I wanted to make it on my own terms. I didn’t want to change and pretend to be someone else. I never appeared to be a potential movie star. I have a small head, a crooked nose, a big mouth, and small eyes. Did I ever consider myself sexy? No.”
However, something might have changed in Barbra’s inner narrative over the years: ageing has made her more daring. In a recent interview with the New York Times, she confirmed this evolution noting that she became more comfortable in her own skin.
“I’m not trying to look younger, I’m just trying to look good for my age“, she said. Regarding appearing sexy, she also added, “I was too afraid to be seen that way back then. Now, I’m too old to care.”
This statement doesn’t surprise me at all. Mature women have learned that being sexy is all about attitude, not body type and usually, it’s when you don’t look like someone trying too hard that you seduce the most. It’s a state of mind. Your personality is what makes you sexy. No matter what a woman looks like or what she wears. If she’s confident, she’s sexy.
Streisand has always prioritized her unique style over following trends. She has never been swayed by the popular fashion of the day. Instead, she draws inspiration from period films, museum paintings, and the stunning Mucha posters featuring Sarah Bernhardt that captivated her as a teenager. Throughout her life, Streisand has remained authentic to herself while experimenting with clothes, proving that confidence often comes with age and that we should feel free to wear anything we like rather than “dressing for one’s age.”
Regardless of societal expectations on what an 80-something lady should wear, we’re so excited to witness her new bold style move. She has traded in her signature long, curly hair for a sleek, shorter style that frames her face and highlights her features. She has also been seen wearing more form-fitting and revealing outfits, showing off her toned figure (did you remember her provoking W Magazine cover in 2016?).
My wish for the new year, my dear readers, is that we will all follow her example. As Barbra said: “People should express themselves and wear whatever they feel on any given day. And that has nothing to do with age.”
The Book In My Name Is Barbra, she tells her own story about her life and extraordinary career, from growing up in Brooklyn to her first star-making appearances in New York nightclubs to her breakout performance in Funny Girl (musical and film) to the long string of successes in every medium in the years that followed. She recounts her early struggles to become an actress, eventually turning to singing to earn a living; the recording of some of her acclaimed albums; the years of effort involved in making Yentl; her direction of The Prince of Tides; her friendships with figures ranging from Marlon Brando to Madeleine Albright; her political advocacy; and the fulfillment she's found in her marriage to James Brolin.