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Lopez y Royo, Alessandra (2013) Over 50 and doing what? Reflections on being a mature model. In: Research Summer School, 23-24 July 2013, Cheltenham. (Unpublished)

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Revised version of a paper presented at the Research Summer School of the International Centre for Women, Ageing and Media, University of Gloucestershire, 23-24 July 2013. The paper attempts some self reflection on my own experience as a mature model. I discuss my journey as a model dwelling on the sense of unease I have at times experienced. Modelling as an older woman can be at once liberating and oppressive and full of pitfalls. By embodying the ‘ageing gracefully’ imperative, there is also a sense of being pressurised to maintain that very ‘gracefulness of ageing’ that as a model becomes one’s selling point as well as the need to be distinctive, and identifiable with, in order to be in work. In the paper I draw theoretically on a range of writings about ageing as a cultural process and about cultural production and the reproduction of culture. The paper is still work in progress. Please note that one reference is missing. This is Lopez y Royo, A. (2013) 'Why I am quitting the academy' Times Higher Education available at

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper is work in progress and is largely based on autoethnography. It is not currently linked to research in my subject area ie Indonesia but I plan to expand its scope at a later date
Keywords: Ageing studies, women studies, media, visual culture, performance, photography, fashion
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media Studies
Copyright Statement: Copyright Alessandra Bruni Lopez y Royo
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 10:30

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