Come on, you knew this was coming.
I’ve taken up the challenge to do my own list of women who blow away the definition of hot.
The point I was making with my rant about being a woman over 40 is to heartily fight the prescribed constructs heaped upon us.
What is 40 exactly? What does it look like, act like, sound like? I’d say with this list of hot ladies, it’s so diverse, there is no one definition.
To me, hotness isn’t about doing jello shots anymore and it’s instant lust for the other person. Hotness deepens with maturity, but it never ages.
As Henry Rollins once uttered in a speaking performance I attended, “Everybody is hot. I don’t care who they are, what they do, everybody’s got somethin’ going on.” (He’s damn fine at age 54. A full head of grey hair does nothing to douse his virility.)
These women have different challenges, triumphs, and experiences. But the one common denominator between them is they live how they want. Now, that’s intense hawtness, in any quarter.
By the way, these are in no particular order, just as they occurred to me. Also, I may not be altogether accurate on ages, so forgive me if some of these women are simply just my favorite people!
1 / Helen Suk, Not Without My Passport
I have to give a shout-out to my Asian sister, Helen. She doesn’t look a day past 29, but really, what her stories bring is a real sense of grounding to where she is at the moment and how local food relates to that place. At age 40, she sold her home and quit her job — two things women in their forties are taught NEVER to do. Helen truly walks to her own beat!
Her website: www.notwithoutmypassport.com.
2 / Janice Mucalov, Sand in My Suitcase
Janice is a fellow Vancouverite (Hi, Vancouver!) and I am so impressed with her journey. She ditched a successful law career for travel, never looking back. Her and her husband George focus on luxury travel, but you can easily find her hiking or scuba diving. Let’s just say it: she’s a lovely looking lady!
Her website: www.sandinmysuitcase.com.
3 / Carol Perehudoff, Wandering Carol
Carol and I first met in 2010 just before I embarked on what was supposed to be a one-year trip. We became instant friends. We have the same vibe, essentially. She’s one of the few people that really embraces the creative life, never pretending to be anything else. Which is why her beauty and age is malleable in my mind. Oh, and she does write! A cheeky, well crafted luxury travel blog (also for some major publications). And man, this chica can rock a bikini.
Her website: www.wanderingcarol.com.
4 / Lainie Liberti, Raising Miro On the Road Of Life
If this is what a single mom looks like, I should have gotten pregnant long ago. Lainie is the person that suggested I do this list, so thank you for the idea! But onto her accomplishments. She’s been traveling with her son, Miro, for seven years, turned a personal blog into a community of international learning, and created Project World School with Miro, an immersive family retreat that’s aimed at teens. I love the idea and strongly feel that children should travel, it opens their minds to cultures and different ways of thinking. Speaking of opening doors to the mind, mother and son host podcasts as well, focusing on amazing people doing amazing things all over the world.
Her website: www.raisingmiro.com
5 / Claudia Tavani, My Adventures Across the World
Claudia is a new friend to me, and I’m glad to know her! I feel she redefines those stupid labels of “old”, by embracing adventure for all its surprises and idiosyncrasies. Plus, she promised to go dancing with me sometime, so I have to put her on this list to hold her to that promise. I most admire how she goes from a hiking outfit to understated elegance in one fell swoop.
Her website: www.myadventuresacrosstheworld.com.
6 / Mariellen Ward, BreatheDreamGo
Mariellen has been vocal about the lack of coverage women over 40 receive for months, so I’m giving her what she aptly deserves. What I love most is her drive to show how transformative travel is, inside and out, that what happens to a person never disappears but will mark them in positive ways forever. Her award winning travel blog is going strong in its sixth year, and we’re grateful she keeps going. Also, LOOK at that photo of her. A true beauty.
Her website: www.breathedreamgo.com.
7 / Leah Walker, Leah Travels
Even before I knew Leah’s age, I was impressed with her blog’s presentation. Not that knowing her age changes anything (I believe she’s 41), but now I’m REALLY paying attention. I personally think luxury travel is hard to pull off and be classy, but she does it so beautifully. I’ll stay here with my mangled tresses and awkward tan lines, while she glows in a turtleneck sweater. Nobody looks good in turtlenecks. How does she do it?
Her website: www.leahtravels.com.
8 / Leigh Shulman, The Future is Red
I’m not sure my business partner would enjoy me objectifying her. But seriously, when you meet her, she has this soft, sexy voice and rich, red curls that hypnotize you. Besides all that, she’s really crafted a life based on her passions, which is why our partnership shines. We’ve got one writing retreat in the can, with our second one coming up in early November, all with other exciting ideas welling up beyond just retreats. Sorry, she isn’t single, but one can still admire from far away.
Her website: www.thefutureisred.com.
9 / Barbara Weibel, Hole in the Donut
Barbara has been traversing the globe since 2007, that’s nearly 10 years of cultural immersion. She’s still curious about every little thing which is why I ADORE her Instagram feed. She once admitted in a comment on this very blog that Nepalese men were drawn to her, age being a zero factor. That’s when I really fell for her. You will too, look how cute she is!
Her website: www.holeinthedonut.com.
10 / Jessica Griffin, The Wanderlust Yogi
Jessica claims she’s just getting started with travel blogging, but already I’m enjoying the variety of her posts. She gives advice on the mystical, due to her connection to yoga, meditation, and reiki, yet also serves up tips on medical tourism because she’s a dental hygienist. Seems like she has some interesting dynamics going on, and I relate to her on yoga and meditation. Mostly though, she’s a prime example of that non-definition I alluded to. She’s 43, has two grown kids, and is smokin’. Eat them apples, ageists!
Her website: www.thewanderlustyogi.net.
Dammit, I wish there was more space and time. There are so many other lovelies out there. Honourable mentions go to Betsy Talbot of Married With Luggage and Laurel Robbins of Monkeys and Mountains, two, vital women out there exploring, writing, and setting the bar high.
Is there anybody I missed?
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