Forty is the new black.
While fashion pundits have been weighing in on the great age debate, we couldn't help but notice that several fashion magazines have devoted their May covers to 40-something starlets.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, for Allure (and nude to boot!).
- Julianna Margulies, 43, for W.
- Sarah Jessica Parker, 45, for Vogue.
- Demi Moore, 47, for Elle UK.
- Elle Macpherson, 47, and a bevy of beauties for Marie Claire UK.
- And Jennifer Aniston, 41, for Harper's Bazaar UK.
Way to go, gals. Next stop: Teen Vogue!
Some of those magazines not featuring foxy-at-40 cover girls also seem to be favoring more "mature" types. For instance, a 37-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow nabbed the Harper's Bazaar and British Vogue covers, while Elle features 35-year-old Fergie this month.
The 40-ish trend comes on the heels of talk in the fashion industry about the return of "older" models to the runway.
The fall runways saw over-40 models like Kristen McMenamy -- last seen in her birthday suit on the cover of LOVE -- and Macpherson, while last week The Cut cited rumors that 41-year-old supermodel Christy Turlington will be one of the faces of Louis Vuitton's Fall 2010 campaign.
As we previously reported, designers like Michael Kors and Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein have weighed in on the age issue recently, with Kors claiming he wouldn't use models younger than 16.
Costa, who used McMenamy, Kirsty Hume and Stella Tennant in his Fall 2010 show, also embraced the mature trend.
"They are models who were wonderful then and still are now," he said at a recent panel.
"In reality no 16-year-olds are buying my clothes. I love to think of my customer as 45. That's who I love to dress."
We just hope the trend continues. We're a little too old to be seen in public reading anything with Miley Cyrus on the cover, thank you very much.
What do you think? Are you more inspired by a gorgeous woman in her 40s, or a new fresh face? Leave a comment.
Meanwhile, see the "Jersey Shore" girls get a charm school makeover in Harper's Bazaar.