Who knew a ponytail could make so many people freak out? This past Sunday, both viewers and the media went mad when Jane Fonda showed up at the 2017 Emmy Awards sporting what is described as an Ariana Grande-style ponytail.
For those of you who aren’t up on pop music (or don’t have a teenage daughter living at home), Ariana Grande is a 24-year-old teen television star turned pop diva, famous for a killer voice and the signature high, pulled-back ponytail she almost always has her long-hair done up in. On the other hand, Jane Fonda is a 79-year-old actress, famous for reinventing herself and now doing her hair and makeup however the heck she wants.
WHAT EVERYONE SAID
Criticism and support came pouring in fast and furious, and as expected, some people loved it – “The woman is almost 80. She looks amazing!” – while others gave it a resounding two-thumbs down – “She’s 50 years too old for that hairstyle.” Some were downright mean – “She looks much too old for that hairstyle and color of the dress. She looks pathetic.” (Ouch!) And sometimes, the conversation started with the ponytail but quickly diverged to comments about Jane’s facelift.
From ageism to aging gracefully, there’s plenty to dissect and learn from comments like these, but one thing it boils down to for me is something that I hear from readers again and again and again: Can I wear <<FILL IN THE BLANK>> without looking too young (read: like I’m trying too hard) or too old (read: like I’ve given up?). Many of us are afraid that if we get it too far wrong, we will, like Jane, be judged for it.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE PONYTAIL
As for me and my opinion on Ponytail-Gate, I think, “Why not?” It’s not a big deal. Fashion lovers take risks. Jane Fonda is having some fun with her style – never a bad thing – and at her age – heck, at any woman’s age over 40 – why not? Particularly when Jane Fonda is on the red carpet, a place where there’s an audience expecting a show. What’s the harm in a bright dress and a ponytail? It’s entertainment!
Personally, I’m a fan of Jane Fonda’s acting. I love her show, Grace and Frankie (and Lily Tomlin is so funny in this too). I think she’s got a lot of style, and I applaud her for always taking such great care of herself. As far as her facelift goes, I couldn’t care less. That’s her business. Jane looks fabulous and has loads of energy, not to mention a positive attitude at this age and stage of the game.
Over to you. How much does finding that sweet spot between dressing too young or too old matter to you? Do you care that Jane wore a long ponytail and bangs at nearly 80?