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What age do we feel most beautiful?
Marie Claire ^ | 1/30/09

Posted on 01/30/2009 8:20:56 AM PST by qam1

They say life improves with every decade, so good news for the thirtysomethings amongst us, after a new survey reveals women feel at their most beautiful aged 32.

After leaving behind acne in our teens, insecurities and heartbreak in our twenties, once we hit our early thirties, we feel the most comfortable in our own skin.

Nearly 40% of women quizzed on how they feel about their looks said they felt most attractive at 32 – and they’re in good company with celebs including Liv Tyler, Sophie Dahl and Sarah Michelle Gellar all entering their 32nd year in 2009.

Women who answered the survey explained that at 32 they felt their life had the perfect combination of confidence gained from life experience, an active love life and the enjoyment of eating and drinking sensibly.

Psychologist Dr Sandra Wheatley said the survey results were ‘really encouraging’ and showed that women saw life achievements as just as valuable as a youthful appearance.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dr Wheatley said: ‘It sounds to me like women are becoming much more swayed by personality. It's a sign that we are valued for who we are and what we are capable of, not just what is on the surface.

‘Feeling beautiful is tied in with confidence and life experience. At 32, a woman has been through and survived more experiences and achieved more than at 22.’

She added: ‘Women can be their own worst enemy, scrutinising each other's weight and wrinkles. But this is a really encouraging study that beauty is more than skin deep.’


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: beauty; beergoggles; genx; psychology
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1 posted on 01/30/2009 8:20:56 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1

I agree. The 30’s were the best. If I could choose an age to stay at it would have been 35. Perfect. But, tomorrow I turn 50 so I am bummmed out.


2 posted on 01/30/2009 8:24:04 AM PST by therut
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To: therut; library user

When I turned 40, I told my family it was legal for me to date two - 20 year old girls to make it even. ;)


3 posted on 01/30/2009 8:27:07 AM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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4 posted on 01/30/2009 8:28:43 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

I am looking forward to visual proof.


5 posted on 01/30/2009 8:30:55 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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To: qam1

huh. my girl and i are both 32!


6 posted on 01/30/2009 8:31:08 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: therut

32 sounds about right.
I was a newlywed and still wearing a size 6.
“sigh”


7 posted on 01/30/2009 8:31:37 AM PST by a real Sheila (Obama REALLY IS an AFRICAN American!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Sarah is fully clothed here, but it may be a bit much for FR:

http://www.freewebs.com/razinkss/Girls_-_Sarah_Michelle_Gellar_020.jpg


8 posted on 01/30/2009 8:32:15 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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To: qam1

9 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:13 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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To: qam1
Men should never feel beautiful.
I actually get better looking with age, I look better today than I did yesterday....
10 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:16 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Sarah is fully clothed here, but it may be a bit much for FR:

A big NSFW

But is that from this year when she's 32 or previously in her 20's? I not in a safe work location to examine the pics more closely...

11 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:35 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

Now an interesting corollary would be at what age do men find women most beautiful. I’d lay odds it’s before 32! (Please direct hate mail and invective responses to BHOshizzle@whitehouse.gov).


12 posted on 01/30/2009 8:36:56 AM PST by Trod Upon (The Left killed my country.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
So over-retouched that it hardly looks like a photograph. But at least appropriately clothed.
13 posted on 01/30/2009 8:37:39 AM PST by SolidWood (www.sarahpac.com / Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Trod Upon

My wife is 48. This year, that is my favorite age.

( I get points for that, right?)


14 posted on 01/30/2009 8:38:45 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: qam1

Having been given the pleasure of observing beautiful women for a looong time, I think 30-33 is peak time for babes.

But there is a certain beauty to a younger more supple ingenue and a lot can be said for a reasonably fit 40 something like Marisi Tomei as a the stripper in Wrestler.

It just depends but all things being equal I’d say early 30s.

I just had this conversation with my 44 year old wife and 20 year old daughter at dinner last nite out.

For guys....it’s harder to peg.


15 posted on 01/30/2009 8:40:46 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: ├čudda├čudd

When I was 30 I looked like Mark Gastineu. Now I look like Mr. Peterman.


16 posted on 01/30/2009 8:41:44 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: therut
Happy birthday!

Don't be bummed. We're all gonna get there someday, if we're lucky. When I wake up in the morning of each birthday, I smile and thank the Lord for getting me through another year. I started doing that the year I turned 30. :-D

17 posted on 01/30/2009 8:42:24 AM PST by Allegra ( VOTE, Iraqis! Election Day, Saturday, January 31, 2009)
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To: qam1

3. Absolutely nothing went wrong at age 3, everything was perfect had great future potential, along with a blissful unawareness of any need for hair color (let alone what it was) or any sort of need for concern about juice stains on face hands hair or clothing. Even matching clothing was completely optional.

3 was perfection.


18 posted on 01/30/2009 8:43:50 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: wardaddy

Cougar hunter these days myself.......


19 posted on 01/30/2009 8:45:12 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: therut
But, tomorrow I turn 50 so I am bummmed out.

50. It's the new 32. ;)

20 posted on 01/30/2009 8:45:48 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: therut

Speaking for all the other male FReepers who have read your About page, we suspect you are a very attractive woman.

We wish you have a Happy Birthday tomorrow!


21 posted on 01/30/2009 8:46:27 AM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: Vermont Lt
My wife is 48. This year, that is my favorite age.

Wow, that's the nicest thing I've heard in a very long time!!!! You and your wife are very fortunate.

22 posted on 01/30/2009 8:46:47 AM PST by rogercolleridge
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To: therut; qam1

I’m going with 35 right now. That’s the age I am and have more fellows giving me the “I wonder” look lately. I’m almost thinking of changing my hair back to it’s normal color instead of red, just to stop it.


23 posted on 01/30/2009 8:53:03 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Uncle Miltie

Who is that girl? She looks just like girl I know.


24 posted on 01/30/2009 8:53:15 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: qam1

I better hurry up then... I turn 33 in March!


25 posted on 01/30/2009 8:55:02 AM PST by Phoenix11
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To: qam1

Used to be that men aged better than women. However, with most the couples I know in their 40s and 50s the wives look much better than their husbands. These days, the women tend to diet, work out and pay more attention to their health. From what I see, the men really start to go down hill after 40, while the women are still looking pretty good.


26 posted on 01/30/2009 8:56:01 AM PST by rogercolleridge
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To: therut; fredhead
But, tomorrow I turn 50 so I am bummmed out.

Fredhead beat you by one day....he'll be along to let you know how he's handling 5-0...

27 posted on 01/30/2009 8:56:33 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Here's hoping the Kennedy family trust is in deep....with Madoff)
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To: qam1

Yeah but that’s not what age men think.
That just means when women sort through their rubble and come to terms with themselves.


28 posted on 01/30/2009 8:57:02 AM PST by romanesq
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To: Flycatcher
Wow, I enjoyed turning 50.

My life struggle was finally over. I raised my three kids, got rid of my first husband and married the greatest man on earth.

I could then wear a bikini (got rid of having babies fat) weighted 125 pounds with long blond hair.

The later part of my life is better than my younger years. Of course marrying an abuser the first time made it rough.

29 posted on 01/30/2009 8:57:17 AM PST by SweetCaroline (Dear GOD help us save your babies from the Abortionist.)
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To: rogercolleridge

You are obviously not from the northeast. Here women are only beginning to undo the damage they suffered from “letting go” after marriage.

And unfortunately they try “the comeback” with dieting which obviously doesn’t do anything to bring back the youth that has gone past.

Shoot just look at the male athletes in their 40s alone. One woman said to me that men do great in their 40s. For women, it’s more like they look good for being in their 40s.

But your definition of “looking pretty good” is entirely your own of course.


30 posted on 01/30/2009 9:01:53 AM PST by romanesq
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To: qam1

I feel pretty comfy in my skin at the ripe “old” age of 36. : )


31 posted on 01/30/2009 9:03:30 AM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one Bae Yong Joon drama at a time!)
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To: HungarianGypsy

35 is that short period of time for a woman much like the one day that the green banana turns fully, luciously yellow — and then the brown goopy mess presents itself the very next morning.


32 posted on 01/30/2009 9:03:45 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Old Professer

Not when she has genes that make her look young for a long time. :) My dad was 60, looked 40, and acted 20 when he died. I inherited those genes and hated it until I was over 30.


33 posted on 01/30/2009 9:08:24 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: SweetCaroline
I could then wear a bikini (got rid of having babies fat) weighted 125 pounds with long blond hair.

Now I say wow. Your description of yourself sounds just like my wife, who also turns 50 this year.

Now I know what to get her: a skimpy new bikini!

34 posted on 01/30/2009 9:11:19 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: qam1

The early 30s were good for me, but believe it or not....I actually felt the best about myself shortly after having my first child at almost 36. Fortunately, I didn’t gain much baby fat, so it came off quickly. And I felt like I had just accomplished the biggest, hardest, most amazing thing in life — giving birth. I hope I feel that way after having # 2. :)


35 posted on 01/30/2009 9:14:11 AM PST by ncdrumr (Oooh, SarahCUda!)
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To: Vermont Lt

Sir, you are an excellent husband.


36 posted on 01/30/2009 9:14:29 AM PST by pbear8 (I have plenty of credit, there is no crunch)
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To: SweetCaroline
Well that was 16 years ago, and I have put on 15 pounds but I still wear a bathing suit (not a bikini) every day in the summer because we love swimming in our pool.

I'm still very lucky and happy.

I Thank God for my life change.

37 posted on 01/30/2009 9:25:39 AM PST by SweetCaroline (Dear GOD help us save your babies from the Abortionist.)
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To: frog in a pot

Well that made me feel better!!!!!!!!!! Maybe 50 is the new 32... Yeah I will think of it that way. Whooo Hooooo!!!


38 posted on 01/30/2009 9:28:33 AM PST by therut
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To: therut
Here's a quote from the woman I think was one of the world's most beautiful.

“Sex appeal is something you feel deep inside. I can convey as much fully clothed, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”—Audrey Hepburn

“All I wanted for Christmas was immediately to shoot another movie with Audrey Hepburn.”-Cary Grant

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3145046016/nw0000030

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2493356032/nm0000030

39 posted on 01/30/2009 9:31:07 AM PST by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama..................................................Repent Herod!)
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To: qam1
Women; 35 - 50

Men; 40 - 60

40 posted on 01/30/2009 9:33:10 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: qam1

The question is at what age do we FEEL most beautiful...I know I looked better at 22 but at 42 (still a size 2, by the way) I feel much better about myself


41 posted on 01/30/2009 9:34:26 AM PST by ObeahByCyane
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To: massgopguy

That’s Live Tyler, the daughter of Steve Tyler of Aerosmith. She’s a fairly big actress.


42 posted on 01/30/2009 10:03:49 AM PST by sazerac
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To: romanesq

I live in CT. Most of the gals I know work out. Most of the guys don’t. And the guys have the balding thing working against them, while the women seem to take advantage of hairstyles that flatter and make them look younger (no more short, permed hair like my aunts wore at our age. That ages a guy considerably and there’s not much you can do about it. But these are just the people I personally observe. Not sure how it goes state or nation-wide.


43 posted on 01/30/2009 10:09:24 AM PST by rogercolleridge
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To: qam1
A big NSFW

Glad i don't work where you do.

44 posted on 01/30/2009 10:11:42 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: qam1

this is crazy.
If 32 was the best age, we would have playboy models that age- we don’t
Best age is one of maximum fertility- 24.


45 posted on 01/30/2009 10:23:26 AM PST by genghis
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To: massgopguy
lol,,, I had to g**gle who Mr. Peterman is....
Wow, you look like a tv star!!!
46 posted on 01/30/2009 10:25:01 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: pbear8

I might be now. 22 years and still working at it.

I think I will vacuum today.


47 posted on 01/30/2009 10:35:08 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: rogercolleridge

Are most of those women you are referencing married? The single ones are without a doubt trying harder.

My buddy who was divorced got together with this woman in NJ. She was early 40s and definitely in pretty good shape. He doesn’t believe in exercise. They got married. She seems to have given up kickboxing. She’s looking more like him after two years now.

Looking younger is of course relative. Where I live in the NYC area, there are a lot of young women. And some of the older woman don’t like being single as they don’t fare well in such an environment. Haircuts only go so far.

CT at least in many areas has a wealthier income than most other parts of the country. So it wouldn’t be unusual to see women taking better care of themselves. They are competing with each other for the breadwinners.


48 posted on 01/30/2009 10:36:54 AM PST by romanesq
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To: HungarianGypsy

Sounds more like a Gherkin than a Chiquita. :~)


49 posted on 01/30/2009 10:42:46 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: genghis
“this is crazy.
If 32 was the best age, we would have playboy models that age-we don't
Best age is of of maximum fertility-24.”

Dwight Schrute, is that you?

50 posted on 01/30/2009 10:56:22 AM PST by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama..................................................Repent Herod!)
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