Christie Brinkley has spoken out about the prevalence of ageist stereotypes in American media.
The model took to Instagram on Sunday to share a link to a recent BuzzFeed article titled ’32 Celebrities Who Are Over 50 and Absolutely Prove That, Yes, Being Older Is Attractive’, along with a montage of celebrities , such as Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton, Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey.
In the accompanying caption, Christie criticized US media editors for continuing to promote ageism.
“I saw this article this morning and my first thought was that these women have nothing to prove they’re living their best life…but then I thought back to ageism in America and some of the ways that we are constantly being categorized because of our age,” she began. “The age stereotypes and rules that our culture has set for us abound. Even the phrase ‘aging gracefully’ shouldn’t be about looks but about the attitude and energy one offers to the world.”
Christie, 68, went on to say that the women on BuzzFeed’s list have all brought “so much beauty” to the world with their work.
And she also insisted that the “constant categorization” of people by age can “eat away” at confidence.
“Women of all ages belong wherever they want to be, and we can do whatever we want. We don’t always succeed or win, but we’re old enough to learn from our mistakes and continue to grow and evolve, so we are a force to be reckoned with. There are a million older, wiser women who are reshaping and redefining the numbers,” she added.