The whole aging process is still such a dichotomy to me. On one hand, I feel more confident and strong as I get older, and I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences in order to be a teenager again. On the other hand, I curse mother nature every time I stumble across a gray hair or find a new line on my face. My youngest sister did some modeling for Playboy about fifteen years ago, and I’m very familiar with the lifestyle that Playboy bunnies live during the height of their careers. There were many years when I watched her get whatever she wanted with her looks, and I also watched all that change as she got older.
I wish I could sit down with some of the former Playboy bunnies below and find out their opinions and insights about aging, and what it does to our bodies. Our youth-obsessed culture, at least here in the United States, is so unjust and harsh in my opinion. I’ll never forget when I wrote about the World’s Most Successful Supermodel At Age 82 a year ago. It was an article about a gorgeous woman named Daphne Selfe who has shown the world that beauty has no age and that it shines from within no matter how old we are.
These photographs below were taken at a reunion in Las Vegas for former Playboy bunnies. They are raw photos that aren’t touched up or manipulated in any way. These are part of photographer Robyn Twomey‘s Playboy series. Some people may look at these photographs and see old women who are no longer beautiful. Other people may see the strong, confident beauty that women carry with them for their entire lives. Just like everything else, it’s all in your perspective. Robyn leaves the interpretation of these photographs and aging all up to you. You can see more from this collection on Robyn’s website.