“I really don’t think we should talk about ageing.” We’re twenty minutes into an otherwise amiable chat, but it seems I have inadvertently pushed one of Helena Christensen’s trigger buttons. Famously one of the most mild-mannered and easy going of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – a term coined by a New York Times op-ed twenty years ago when she, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer were ruling the catwalk – Christensen has gone from expansive and jokey to crossing her arms and pursing her lips.
She looks both very beautiful and very intimidating, but I push on: because? “Because this is something only women ever have to deal with, not men. Why do men never ever get asked about ageing?” I’m thinking it’s because a certain kind of man would simply shrug and say that they’re maturing like a fine Burgundy, making more money than ever and enjoying late-in-life fatherhood with the 22 year-old lingerie model they’ll trade in some time next year.
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