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Lyn Slater doesn’t want to be known as a senior blogger. But in a world where women just aren’t allowed to grow older (hello, anti-aging campaigns galore), this 65-year-old is ready to break all misconceptions about having to dress your age. Slater started her blog, Accidental Icon because  she wanted to create something for the modern, urban, intellectual woman. More specifically, she writes, for those “who live what I call ‘interesting but ordinary lives’ in cities. Women (like me) who are not famous or celebrities but are smart, creative, fashion forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are.”

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What Slater doesn’t want to be lumped into? A ‘seniors only’ bloggers club.

Speaking to Refinery29, she states pointedly: “One thing that’s made me angry is that, even though I am an influencer who has been as successful as many younger influencers in terms of reach and popularity, I am never written about in the press except with other over-50 Instagram stars. To me, that’s society saying: ‘Stay in your lane.’ It makes me feel like I’m being relegated to a senior living community when I would never live in a senior living community. When you’re putting me with somebody like Baddie Winkle simply because I have gray hair, you’re fetishizing me. And I don’t like it.”

And to be fair, she’s right. Slater’s style is completely different than Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle’s. But, because of their ages, they’re often lumped into the same group. Sadly, this reminds us that seeing seniors heavily involved in the fashion influencer realm is still so rare that age still seems like a valid quantifier. So while not ideal, if these lists inspire others to start a new career in their 60s or show young fashionistas that style doesn’t have to fizzle at a certain age, it’s a start.

 

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“I think age is the thing that most people are afraid of. But guess what? You’re gonna get old. It’s inevitable. The best thing you can do is manage your stress levels and keep your body healthy. Then you will look as good as you can look no matter what age you are,” Slater says. And that she does.

 

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