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Celebrities in Menopause

In a social media driven world, being an influencer is not a choice any longer, but a duty. Whether celebrities like it or not, what they say, do, and write matters, now more than ever.

On the plus side, A-listers influence brings attention to topics that used to be taboo, shrouded with stigmas. Their opening up on certain issues is contributing to the normalization of important conversations. Menopause in one such topic that is greatly benefiting from the spotlight.

Of course, we have always known that all women go through menopause, but as a society, we have been doing a stellar job at pretending otherwise. The rule was, no mention of it, and please hide your symptoms, for the love of the Gods!

Well, that memo has gone out the window! Now, we are encouraged to wear our age and its sidekicks like a badge of honor, because if Oprah’s talking about it, surely, we don’t have to hide in silence.
The truth is, celebs have made menopause and aging sexy. Out with the vision of an old, irrelevant, and mostly invisible lady, who is done with her ambitions, and pleasures. In with the gorgeous, confident, smart woman, standing tall and speaking loud.
So next time you think about menopause, and worry about it being the beginning of the end, picture these gals:

Halle Berry - Strong, confident, talented, and . . . menopausal.
"I have the most to offer. I have zero blanks to give anymore. I am solidly in my womanhood. I finally realize what I have to say is valuable, even if no one else agrees." (Article from Yahoo Life 2023 "At 56, Halle Berry Gets Candid About Menopause And Aging In Raw Interview"  by Kayla Blanton)


Oprah Winfrey - super woman, radiant, unapologetic, and . . . menopausal
 “I’ve discovered that this is your moment to reinvent yourself after years of focusing on the needs of everyone else.” (Article from Glamour 2020, "10 Celebrities Who Have Spoken Out About Menopause")

Michelle Obama – inspirational, nurturing, authentic, and . . . menopausal
If Michelle Obama can have a hot flash onboard US Marine One, on her way to meet some of the most important people on the planet, we should spare a smile at the memory, next time the hot lava surges in us. (Glamour 2020)

In case you need more role models to show you the way to graceful aging, empowerment after fertility, and achieving great heights past 50, check these out:

Arianna Huffington – co founded Huffpost at age 55,
Indra Nooyi - became CEO of PepsiCo at 51
Rosalind Brewer – Became COO of Starbucks at age 55 AND CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance at 59
Mary Barra – became CEO of General Motors at 53
The list goes on . . .

We might not all become CEOs of the world in our second spring, but nevertheless, we should never, ever, ever let ourselves think “I am too old for . . . “. Because, the simple, honest truth is, no. We are not.

 

We are awesome!

Nadege