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Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Julie Bowen rep Gen X -- beautifully

September 25, 2011 |  6:00 am

Kate Moss on the cover of Vogue When Kate Moss appeared on the cover of Vogue's September issue, it surprised no one. She is a supermodel. Vogue did photograph her almost-royal wedding to rocker Jamie Hince. And the shots by top photographer Mario Testino were amazing, of course.

But it made me think. Moss is 37, an age when once upon-a-time a modeling career would have been long over. But it seems emblematic for her generation that women seem to grow ever more beautiful, ever more desirable and to be perceived as young, vibrant -- in fact timeless.

The oldest of her Generation X sisters -- born roughly between 1965 and 1979 -- have rounded the corner into their early 40s, but they are  pushing waifish teens off magazine covers, starring in movies and TV series, inspiring cosmetics and fragrances. They are changing perceptions of what it means to be middle-aged, as writer Alene Dawson tells us in Sunday's Image.   

Of course, Moss and fellow recent 35-plus cover girls Jennifer Lopez, Julie Bowen, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Aniston have stylists, makeup artists and hair dressers at their beck and call. But improvements in grooming regimens and health habits, innovations in skin and hair care products and freer attitudes have made it more possible than ever for any woman to grow older beautifully.

And there is nothing wrong with that.


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Photo: Vogue's September cover, photographed by Mario Testino. Credit: Associated Press