Now that the Super Bowl and its half-time show are behind us, let’s take a few minutes to reflect upon what the amazing performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira mean for women in mid-life.
Are J.Lo and Shakira, ages 50 and 43 respectively, an inspiration for women, or do they raise the bar so high that regular, middle-aged women feel like they should just throw in the towel and give up?
While the world focused on their looks and on whether their performances objectified women and were “too sexy” for prime time, I think the more interesting and inspirational issues lie elsewhere.
I mean, yes, both women looked beautiful but they’re also professional performers with a whole team devoted to costume, hair and makeup, and even with that team, it took them 10 hours to get ready.
And their looks are part of why they’re so successful in the first place. It shouldn’t be a surprise that both women looked phenomenal.
On the objectification front, the women authored their own show, including choosing the costumes. And it’s not like the cheerleaders were wearing bathrobes. Is it possible there’s just a touch of racism in these criticisms?
What 50 looks like?