I’m gonna start this blog by announcing my age because telling it up front is my way of letting you know how proud and happy I feel at being old!

How’s that for a shocker?

I’m 75, and, instead of hiding it, I want to shout it from the rooftops. Why would I chance this show of bravura when in America the very thought of a sexy Senior is often viewed as  ridiculous… and even repulsive.

Though I’ve been criticized for being so outspoken, I’ve also been told that my way of viewing aging is inspiring. That makes me happy, knowing that my choice helps others. And perhaps it also can encourage them not be ashamed of their age, as is the case with many women. Inspiring young people to view maturity in a positive light provides a valuable, life-affirming message.

Being proud of being older gives us the opportunity to break through stereotypes in unexpected ways, adding a tone of lightness to the maligned image of older women. The under appreciated appeal that older women possess, especially in the area of sexuality, must be championed, not derided!

Hattie in Dolce & Gabbana ad

As it happens, at 73,  I was featured in a Dolce & Gabbana ad in Vanity Fair, also in VOGUE, W and Harper’s Bazaar, so I thought it would be fun to feature a cover photo of that courageous, gifted, young woman… Lady GaGa.

It’s thrilling for me, in my 70s, to be stopped in the street and greeted with “Lady GaGa” to which I proudly reply, “OLD Lady GaGa!”

Youth and Age, co-inspiring each other… a great combination!