Just when I thought I was out...it pulls me back in. Here I was thinking that I had purged my long-brewing rage about Harper's Bazaar and "At Every Age", when I wake up to an email that begins: "Are You Trendy at Twenty? Stylish at Sixty?" Are people trying to torture me? Maybe not people, just Bazaar. They're now taking this thing nationwide with a contest to find women who are "Fabulous at Every Age." Again, not a bad concept. There are indeed a lot of fabulous women at every age. EIC Glenda Bailey references a great Coco Chanel quote in the release: "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." Word. I couldn't agree more. And I hope to live a life that one day merits a great 50 year old face. I'm just bummed out that apparently this is the central concept around which one of our once great American fashion magazines now revolves. And here I was thinking that it was, you know, fashion.
There's a book too: Fabulous at Every Age: Your Quick and Easy Guide to Fashion. And the winners of the contest will be featured in the February 2010 issue. Sounds like as much as I would like it to, change is not soon coming to Bazaar. Boy, do I miss the Liz and Fabien days. Just in case you don't hate the one-note tone the magazine has taken as much as I do here are some details on entering the contest: Submit your entries at www.harpersbazaar.com/fabcontest. You need one close-up color photo of the face and one of your full-body, each taken within the previous 365 days. Then write up a 50 word description about why you're fabulous. The deadline is September 22, 2009.