“We Commit Ageism Against Ourselves”

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

“We allow these messages, these subtle archaic messages, that we lose value as we age to seep into our psyches and what happens is … we commit ageism against ourselves.” ~ Cindy Joseph

I love to hear the positive words from my friend Cindy Joseph, creator and CEO of BOOM! by CindyJoseph and several-times contributor on TFIO. Here, Cindy talks about what it means to be attractive as we age; it’s not about doing everything we can to stop the aging process in a race against time, and it’s not about completely letting ourselves go. There is something in between – an understanding that we have the power to choose what works for us. It’s about honoring this power and making our own choices. And about not judging ourselves anymore.

Watch Cindy and be inspired by her message of self-acceptance and possibilities!

 

 

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Cindy Joseph’s Big Reveal

Cindy_Joseph_Short_Hair-5Cindy_Joseph_Short_Hair-4Cindy Joseph has become my hero, since I first interviewed her on TFIO in 2013. A pioneer, with a mission to help women feel like their best selves and embrace who they are with positivity, acceptance, and joy. Cindy is the CEO and Creator of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, the first cosmetic line for every generation, that emphasizes a pro-age, rather than an anti-age philosophy. It’s a perfect fit, because Cindy was a makeup artist for 25 years. And to add to Cindy’s story, she became a working model at 49 years old, when she was discovered on the streets of the East Village in New York City. That was the the very day that Cindy cut off the last bit of dye from her silver hair. It was a freeing and monumental moment for her.

What I didn’t know, and perhaps others didn’t realize either, was that there was still another freeing moment to come in Cindy’s life, a moment of profound release. That day came last month, at the end of the summer: Cindy removed all of her hair extensions, and embraced her new, short haircut once and for all. I didn’t know that Cindy wore hair extensions or that she struggled her entire life with the fact that she had fine hair. What came from the hair cut, was a ‘coming out party’ that is taking Cindy to a new celebration of who she is …

“I had been wearing my hair extensions for 14 years. When I first became a model with Ford Models, long hair was the style. A hair stylist with whom I worked, suggested that I might consider getting hair extensions. I am a low-maintenance person, but she told me that wearing hair extensions had become easier and more doable. I began to think that “I can actually have thick, long, hair.” I was excited, and having long hair gave the stylists more variety with which to work …
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When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

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P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

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Celebrating Cindy Joseph, an inspiring woman of style

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Women take on a unique beauty every chapter of their lives.There is a shift that occurs as we age. One kind of beauty is replaced with another as time goes by. When we stop hiding and start celebrating and wearing our age proudly, others recognize our beauty as well.” ~ Cindy Joseph, CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph

Happy New Year to all! On this first day of January, 2014, I look back to one of the most inspiring women I met in 2013, Cindy Joseph. Cindy has a terrific story: She had decided to stop coloring her hair. On the very day she cut off the last bit of dye, she was spotted on a street corner in New York City and asked to be part of a world-wide Dolce & Gabbana campaign. She has been modeling now for 14 years, and is empowering women as she began to spearhead what she calls, the Pro-Age Revolution and founded Boom! by Cindy Joseph, the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation.

I am a better person and a better woman for meeting Cindy. I celebrate her this New Year’s Day.

(weekly Wednesday series, “I’m Not Buying That!” returns next week)

 

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Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Isn’t it heartening when you meet someone you know is special? That is how I felt the moment I met Cindy Joseph. She was so inspiring that I knew I must stay in touch with her and her positive energy. Cindy is the kind of person who helps redirect lives. As CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, Cindy is a one-woman cheerleader spearheading what she titles the Pro-Age Revolution. Our conversation in its entirety will be aired tomorrow in my weekly podcast. But here are a few BOOM! by Cindy Joseph updates to whet your appetite until then … Continue reading

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