Jane is 73 and looks nearer 37

jane pesch, secret surgery, angela chouaibOver £10,000 on Botox… £3000 on shoes… At 73, Jane might be old enough for a free bus pass, but she’s not about to reach for a twinset and pearls… Parking up outside my kid’s school thirty years ago, I could hear my children’s friends wolf whistle as I walked up to meet them. I didn’t mind, although I know it embarrassed my sons. I was flattered – I’d had three sons, it was good to know I still got noticed.

Now I’m 73, I don’t see why I’m supposed to fade into the background. I still feel the same as I did back then, so I make every effort to look as young, and as good, as I feel. I start with my outfit.

 

No twin set and pearls for me. I wear fish nets, sky high heels and short skirts. I will never wear a cardigan or some ‘comfortable’ trousers with elasticated waist. My favourite dress in my wardrobe is a black and white, figure hugging, silk D&G number that I bought on Ebay. When it arrived, I slipped it on and felt wonderful. I look for clothes that hug me in all the right places and show off my figure. And why not?

I still exercise for 30 minutes every day, on the cycling machine in my lounge. I work hard for my body, I want to show it off. When I see a dress, I know straight away whether it’ll suit me. I’ll never wear brown or yellow and I avoid baggy clothes. I like tight dresses in bright colours. A dress that makes you look good, makes you feel good too. I have friends my age who dress more conservatively than I do. ‘I wish I could wear the clothes you wear, Jane,’ they say to me. But who’s stopping them?

 

here’s no law saying the over 70s have to wear tweed. I’ve always tried to look after myself because the way I see it, you’ve only got one body, you might as well take care of it. As a thirty-something, I ate healthily and exercised, doing Jane Fonda workouts. It was an investment in my future – I am still fit and healthy now, while I have friends complaining about their aches and pains. But as I turned 60, I couldn’t pretend time wasn’t taking its toll. Gravity was pulling my cheeks down and I looked tired. It frustrated me. I looked in the mirror and saw an old woman looking back at me. But I didn’t feel old. Unlike friends my age who just complained about ageing, I decided to do something about it. I flew to Poland and had a facelift with Secret Surgery.

4439_109616568967_5128177_n1The results were wonderful. After that, I realised there was nothing wrong with a little nip and tuck to help fight off the signs of ageing. Six years ago I started having Botox. A woman comes from Birmingham to my local hair salon and I have a session every few months. It costs £300 a pop, but it’s worth every penny. Friends asked me if I was scared but I’d had a facelift – without general anaesthetic, a bit of Botox was small fry in comparison. In 2012, I had a neck lift. Again I went to Secret Surgery in Poland. This one cost me £4000. It tightened up the skin on my neck and meant I could wear the kind of clothes I like to wear, without worrying about wrinkly skin ruining the outfit. I used to be a secretary before my husband, Walter, and I had children.

 

Walter was an engineer and we lived overseas for 18 years, in South America, Africa and the Middle East. One of our sons sadly passed away ten years ago. Robert, 47, lives in Australia and Warren, 44, lives in London. My husband Walter passed away three years ago of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. He was 85. I may be a widow now but I don’t sit at home all day, waiting for one of my sons to call. I’m on Match.com and other dating websites. I don’t want a long term relationship because I like living on my own, but I like to have fun. I’ve had plenty of great dates. I never used to lie about my age on dating websites as I’m not ashamed to be 73, I am proud. But the problem with being 73 is I seemed to only get contacted by men in their 70s. And they all look so old. ‘You can’t be 73,’ they’d say to me. ‘You must have got your age wrong!’ So I knocked ten years off my age on my profile and had more contact with younger men – men who are the age I feel.

 

I like men in their 50s but I’ve been out with a man in his early 40s. We were well matched and had a lot of fun together. But things didn’t get serious as I didn’t want them too.

 

I like dating but I prefer to be single. I keep busy now I’m retired by meeting friends, shopping, gardening and looking after my house. I like going out for a drink, to the theatre, to concerts and horse racing. Earlier this year I went to a Bob Geldof concert and danced the night away in my high heels. I like boutiques and finding unusual clothes on Ebay, but I’ll also happily wear something simple from H&M. As long as it’s figure hugging and flattering, I don’t care where it came from.

 

I’ve got over 50 pairs of shoes. The right pair of heels can really make an outfit so I’m always investing in shoes. I just bought a pair for £100, with a sky scraper heel. They’re acid green and match a dress I’ve bought recently. I’ll wear the outfit to the races this summer. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve had work done – the face lift and neck lift were money well spent.

 

Botox makes me feel good. £300 a session is nothing if it boosts your confidence. When you get to a certain age, it is harder to dazzle, but I don’t mind having a helping hand. I’ve got friends who’d love to have Botox but they’re scared to try. Nothing scares me. I’ve been around long enough to know that having a little help is something to be celebrated. And as things start to droop or sag, I may well have more surgery. Never say never!

 

I have cosmetic surgery so that I look as young as I feel, so that my mind and body match. I feel the same as I did when I was 40, so why should I dress any different? My sons tell me I look great. They’re proud of me – I’m defying expectations of what it means to be 73. When I was young, you were old at 40. But times are changing for the better.

Age is just a number and being ‘old’ is a frame of mind.

kim willis, pheonix features

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CREDIT: Kim Willis  www.phoenixfeatures.co.uk





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