But when pictures of Vera Wang went viral recently, the stunned reaction had nothing do with her clothes — it was the fact she is 71 years old.
One fan demanded: ‘Tell us where the fountain of youth is please!’ Wang insists her formula is: ‘Work, sleep, a vodka cocktail, not much sun’.
Here, four other timeless beauties in their 70s tell JILL FOSTER how they have held back the ageing clock . . .
Four timeless beauties share their secrets after this photo sent social media users into a frenzy when one fan pointed out fashion designer Vera Wang (pictured) is, in fact, 70 years old
Kate Harrison, 71, from Morden still likes to dress stylishly for her age
‘I just live my life to the full’
Kate Harrison, 71, is a retired lecturer and sculptor. Married to Michael, 75, a retired lecturer and painter, Kate has two daughters from a previous marriage. She lives in South London. She says:
‘Having surrounded myself with students and young people for most of my life, I believe one of the secrets of looking young is opening your mind and not falling into the trap of wearing an ‘old uniform’.
‘Of course, there are days when I feel invisible, too. But, on the inside, I feel about 40, and it’s always lovely when someone compliments me on how young-looking I am.
‘I’ve moisturised my skin from the age of 12, but only with inexpensive creams.
‘We had no idea what an SPF was when we were younger and, although I still love the sun, I always wear factor 50 protection or stay in the shade.
‘I eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and take multi-vitamins, cod liver oil and evening primrose oil.
‘I smoked a little when I was younger but gave up when I was 36 and haven’t touched a cigarette since. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have the occasional glass of Prosecco.
‘I do yoga and Silver Swans ballet — exercise for women over 50. It’s wonderful for toning up the legs, in particular.
‘Enjoying life and living it to the full is my mantra: it’s the best anti-ageing tip.’
No money worries helps!
Kelly Ann Page, 71, has worked in media all her life. She has one daughter and a grandson, and divides her time between homes in London and Spain. Kelly Ann says:
‘I’m probably blessed genetically when it comes to looks because I have never had to worry about my weight. I’m 5ft 3in, 7st 4lb and I’ve always been a size 8.
‘I’m the kind of girl to enjoy life. I’ve never done bitterness, jealousy or envy — I believe you can see those emotions in someone’s face when they get older.
‘I’ve always stuck to one rule: Never go near anyone else’s man!
‘I dated Roman Polanski and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page when I was younger.
‘Although I’ve never married, I loved someone for 30 years and he made sure I was financially comfortable.
‘I’m single now but I’m sure that having few financial worries has helped me look younger. Worry and stress is very ageing.
‘I’ve had lots of compliments about my looks. I’m quite a show-off and love the attention. Sex is no longer in my life, but the need to be desired still is.
‘My skincare regime isn’t anything special: I use whatever is available but, if I want to treat myself, I’ll buy La Roche-Posay. I smoke about seven cigarettes a day. But I hardly ever drink alcohol.
‘I’ve tried Botox but I don’t like it, because it can make me look a bit scary. I do a little yoga and pilates, and had a hip replacement five years ago. I refuse to feel invisible, whatever age I am.’
Glamorous Kelly Ann Page, 70, (left) in Marbella and stylish Diane Meany, from London (right)
Sunbathing makes your skin look leathery
Diane DiAngelis Meaney, 71, is a retired sales executive. She lives in South London with husband David, 67, who worked in the horse racing industry, and has three daughters and one grandchild. She says:
‘Recently, I bumped into one of my daughter’s friends whom I haven’t seen since he was at school.
‘He couldn’t believe it when my daughter told him my age and said: ‘Wow, you don’t look any older than when I first knew you!’
‘It’s always great to hear compliments like that.
‘While my father aged very well, my mother and sister weren’t so lucky, so it can’t all be down to being genetically blessed.
‘If you take care of yourself, and you look good, you feel sexy and look sexy to others, especially your other half.
‘One of the most important things I’ve done is stay out of the sun. While I did my fair share of sunbathing in my teens, luckily I worked out very early on that sun-worshippers tend to end up looking leathery, so I stayed in the shade.
‘I had the same early warning with cigarettes, too. I’ve never smoked, because I used to work as a patient co-ordinator in a plastic surgery clinic on London’s Harley Street.
‘I would be amazed by the number of people who would come in for facelifts who were heavy smokers. It drains so much oxygen from the skin.
‘If you’d seen what I saw, you’d never touch another cigarette! I don’t drink much, either.
‘I’ve started using skin products containing natural chemicals hyaluronic acid and something called matrixyl 3000 and argireline — it’s like Botox in a bottle.
‘If you put the right products on your face, you really notice an improvement.
‘But, I admit, I also have Botox injections twice a year in my frown lines and crow’s feet and I had Lasik eye surgery so I no longer have to wear glasses.
‘My diet used to be terrible, but now I eat well, and eat only organic food. I take vitamins C and D, and work hard to maintain my size 10 figure. I’m 5ft 3in and weight 9st 2lb.
‘I don’t exercise much. I walk our dog and use an exercise bike, but I’m one of those people who is always on the move. I used to teach line dancing every week and was very fit.
‘But looking young is often a matter of attitude as well. I feel very lucky in life, but you do have to work hard at looking and feeling good.’
Carolyne Martin from Marston Mortaine is a firm believer in making the most of what you’ve got
Joan Collins is my style icon!
Carolyne Martin, 71, is a retired accounts executive. She is widowed, lives in Bedfordshire and has three children and four grandchildren. She says:
‘I’ve always received compliments for my looks, and I’m a firm believer in making the most of what you’ve got.
‘When I was younger, I applied for the Lucie Clayton modelling school, but was turned down because I was too short at 5ft 5in.
‘I’ve always tried to follow fashion and one of my idols is Joan Collins — very few women look as fabulous as her.
‘We all have bad days when we fall off our diet, but the trick is to not let it become a two or three-week scenario.
‘I have always battled to keep my weight down. But I’m still the same weight I was at 17 — 9st 9lb and a size 12-14.
‘If you know you can have the odd bit of chocolate or Champagne, it makes life easier. Everyone is more attractive when they’re the right weight.
‘But the best anti-ageing trick anyone can do is to smile. If your teeth are clean and bright, your confidence will shine through.
‘Sex is still important to me, but it’s less about the act these days and more about the buzz of feeling desirable.’