- 55. Reinvent Yourself After 40 with Robin Bobbé Founder of Modern Ager Casting 40+ Modelling Agency Diane Gilman 32:45
In this episode Diane Gilman, the queen of jeans, delves into the world of breaking age barriers in the modeling industry and creative reinvention after 40. Joining her today is the remarkable Robin Bobbé, whose journey from feeling ‘not good enough’ to becoming a model and breaking down barriers in the Fashion world is truly inspiring.
Early Struggles and Determination
Robin, growing up in the 50s and 60s, faced the narrow ideals of beauty prevalent in the Fashion industry. Feeling out of place she opted to work behind the scenes in Fashion. She pursued her passion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, later working with renowned models like Janice Dickinson and Kim Dobber as a stylist.
Work in High Fashion
Desiring a career in high Fashion, Robin took a bold leap and moved to San Francisco, before taking a leap of fate Moving to the heart of Fashion in Paris at the age of 25. Diane and Robin discuss the excitement of working in the forefront of Fashion in France.
Reinventing After 40
Diane, creator of the DG2 middle-aged jean, and Robin, who started commercial modeling at 60, share their experiences with creative reinvention. Robin recounts her and her husband’s mission to get more women over 40 into ads, emphasizing the importance of diversity in representation.
Both women highlight the significance of authenticity and breaking ageism in the industry. Robin believes that being real is a woman’s best asset, and Diane expresses gratitude for Robin’s work in changing the imagery for older women.
Coaching and Changing Perceptions
Robin, through her Coaching business, scouts new talent and helps women navigate the world of modeling, even if they’ve never worked in the industry before. Diane mentions Carmen Dell’Orefice, officially the world’s oldest model at 92, illustrating the changing perceptions around aging.
Shifting Societal Views
Robin reflects on the evolving perceptions around aging, citing a New York Times feature that featured a woman in her 60s on the front cover. Diane shares her experiences with ageism while growing up and the importance of demanding diversity in the modeling industry.
Advice for Women Over 40
Robin’s advice for women over 40 includes staying curious, being open, and meeting new people. She emphasizes the importance of confidence, which she believes older women inherently possess, making them exceptional models. Diane compares being over 40 or 50 to being an explorer, as aging women are often hidden in society.
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