“When people say Mum and I look alike, Mum always says that’s terrible for me. But if I can look like her when I’m older, I’ll be happy. She has beautiful bone structure and great skin, which I envy a little as I’m starting to notice wrinkles,” said Clemmie
“My looks are very important to me. And I admit I’m vain. When I see myself without make-up, it’s disheartening.There are some women who embrace aging, but I can’t because I used to be so attractive – just like my daughter, Josie. Aging is definitely harder for attractive women. If you worry about your looks, you’ve more to lose.”
Rhonda could clearly see herself in her daughter:
“When I look at Darcey, I see my younger self so clearly. It’s almost like going back in time. It’s lovely, but peculiar – like seeing yourself through fresh eyes.Others see it too. People stop her in the street and say: ‘You must be Rhonda’s daughter.’I used to have the same hang-ups that she does, but if she complains about her looks I’ll tell her she’s mad.
This is what Frances has to say:
“I didn’t bother with make-up or skincare until my late-50s. But being asked to be a model last year while I was with Tineka visiting an agency, certainly made me think more about my looks. But there’s no point worrying. You can’t change them! I still feel young and dance around the house to the radio. Until today, I’ve never thought I looked like Tineka. I always saw my husband and mother-in-law in her. In my eyes, Tineka was more beautiful than me.”
“I haven’t worn make-up in over 40 years – apart from for this photoshoot! That’s because looks don’t mean much to me.What a contrast to my 20s, when I used to love putting on a full face, backcombing my hair and wearing stilettos.Then I got married and had children. My priorities changed – not because of my age, but because I gained more perspective.”