Lifestyle

Pretty (Not So) Young Things: Gray Haired Models

Next Tribe, a photo of a gray haired model from the Oldushka agency in Moscow

Remember that old Clairol ad slogan, “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better”? It seemed a bit like Madison Avenue B.S. at the time, but now it feels like people around the world are accepting the idea more and more.

One of our favorite examples: The Moscow-based modeling agency called Oldushka that specializes in gray haired models and won’t sign anyone under the age of 45. We love the idea of a desirable group that people could actually be too young to join.

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Lifestyle

Why Metallic Lavender Hair Is Suddenly the Rage

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I was at the salon the other day getting my gray roots covered, and this 30-something woman with long, dark brown hair was asking for it to be dyed gray—that kind of “mermaid-y” blue-gray that has enticed celebs such as Kelly Osbourne, Zosia Mamet, and Rihanna (who doubled down—combining the extra super-long hair trend with a gray ponytail). With its own hashtags such as #grannygray and #grannyhair, this hair hue is becoming a full-fledged beauty trend.

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Kudos

Reality Strikes Back: CVS Says No More Retouched Photos

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We’re in the midst of a sea change when it comes to how women are treated, talked to and marketed at. Unless you’ve been in a floatation pod for a few months, you know about #metoo and #timesup. But the shifts are going deep and happening in varied facets of our culture. This week, CVS, the drugstore chain that recently acquired Aetna insurance, has taken a step forward and broken with past conventions.

The company has committed to no longer “materially alter” images that relate to its beauty products.

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Lifestyle

Annette Bening, Liverpool and Boy-Toy Love

There are lots of buzz-worthy things about Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: terrific performances by Annette Bening, Jamie Bell (remember him from Billy Elliot?) and a new song, “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way,” by Elvis Costello on the soundtrack. But the thing we want to talk about is the May-December romance at the heart of the movie. The movie shares how actress Gloria Grahame’s scandalous life intersected with that of actor Peter Turner in the late 70s, when she was 54 and he was 26.

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Finds

The Oil Boom: A Secret to Smoother Skin

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“Oil me!” was what the Tin Man squeaked out in The Wizard of Oz, and when Dorothy and The Scarecrow administered a few drops, it worked like magic, right?

I took some time to get on board with this skin oil trend, but I have to admit that the Tin Man was onto something.

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Kudos

Our Fiercest Park Ranger: What Will You be Doing at Her Age?

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Our National Parks have been in the news for a lot of sad reasons (lack of funding among them), but here’s some upbeat news: Betty Reid Soskin, age 97, is on the job as our nation’s oldest and most amazing park ranger.

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You Tell Us

What Changes Are You Making This Year?

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One of my favorite songs is David Bowie’s “Changes.” During so many weird and volatile times in my life (moving, postpartum depression, moving again) I’ve taken comfort from that line, “Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes.” To me it means, accept that change is inevitable; just roll with it. And so far, I’ve been able to do so fairly well (with a few exceptions of course).

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Lifestyle

Staying with “Friends” on the Road: Go Freebird!

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If you’re like many of us NextTribers, traveling is high on your list of things to do in the year ahead. And if you’re like us, you are also a fan of, or at least curious about, Airbnb and other ways to have a more authentic experience while globe-trotting (or just exploring the other side of your state).

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Finds

Hear! Hear! Hack Your Smartphone So You Don’t Miss a Thing

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When did you start blowing out your ears? Was it at a concert by the Grateful Dead, Parliament Funkadelic, or the Ramones? You can peg many of us by which era of live music left our heads ringing. A funny thought for sure, but the damage is all too real and serious.

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Outrage

My New Year’s Resolution: No Resolutions!

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I hate New Year’s Eve. No, wait. What I really hate is how the holiday has become entwined with New Year’s resolutions. At a moment when we should be appreciating the year that was and getting excited about the year that will be, we are instead plunged into a morass of “shoulda, coulda, wouldas” as we vow to do better in the year ahead.

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You Tell Us

Poll Results: This Is Where You Draw the Line on Sexual Misconduct

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As we went to tabulate your responses to our survey about sexual misconduct, the news was still rife with stories of misconduct. Famous names in publishing, politics, the performing arts, and elsewhere were dismissed from their jobs or investigated.  We saw Salma Hayek speak up, heard calls for Al Franken not to resign from the Senate after all, and waded through still more lurid Matt Lauer revelations.

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Kudos

Vanessa Howard’s Very Good Hair Days

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Maybe we humans are vain, but it’s hard to feel good when we know our grooming is not up to par. Perhaps no one understands that as deeply as Vanessa Howard, owner of Tampa’s Giving Hands Hair Salon.

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