Hello woman of a certain age. Yes darling, I’m talking to you. I just wanted to tell you you look wonderful. But you knew that already ’cause darling great wine and cheese aren’t the only things that age well. And you, my young one, could learn a thing or two yourself from such a woman because unattended beauty fades fast.
I hope to learn a thing or two from the fabulously gorgeous contestants of a certain age featured on TV Land’s She’s Got the Look which will have its second season premiere on Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. The over-35 beauties will compete for a grand prize package: a Wilhelmenia Modeling contract, a Self magazine photo spread and $100,000.
Returning this season as a judge for She’s Got the Look is celebrity stylist Robert Verdi who talked to The Ride about the show and how you can look your best at any age.
The Ride: Congratulations on your second season. I watched last year and loved the show. It was so refreshing to see women celebrated for their natural beauty and not for having been nipped, tucked, pinned and pulled within an inch of their lives and looking like you can bounce a quarter off of their faces. What made you get involved with the show and and how has the experience changed the way you view aging and beauty?
Robert: I am surrounded by women who are my contemporaries and I see them as the most beautiful women around.
The Ride: What should we look forward to this season? The women last season had such wonderfully compelling stories including winner Tanya who was stabbed multiple times as teen by jealous peer.
Robert: This year there are a lot of emotional stories, including Delores’s who really faced the challenges of a racist nation in the ’50s when she tried to become a model at that time. There is also Cindy, who overcame homelessness and Raquel who is active in our nation’s military.
The Ride: During the audition process, it looks like the judges are looking for that “it” factor. What is “it”? I want “it”. Hell, who doesn’t want “it”? Where can I get “it”? Do I have to be born with “it?
Robert: From your choices, it is something you’re born with. Based on circumstances, can be capitalized on, developed and discovered. In some way, shape or form, all of the women in the competition have “it.” We work on fine tuning it with them.
The Ride: Another thing about the auditions: As you and I are fully aware, there are some people that come to the auditions who are not quite “model material” to say the least but will swear that they look FABULOUS. And if you can’t see how fabulous they are, you must be blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other. You know, the ones that leave you shaking your head in bewilderment. It makes me wonder what do they see when they look in the mirror? And should we always trust what we see in the mirror when we are evaluating our own appearance?
Robert: The actress Tracey Ross once gave me the best style secret. When you look in a mirror, you see your feelings, and when you look at a picture, you see what you look like. Many of the women that come through the doors feel really great about themselves when they are standing at home looking in a mirror. We all need that confidence. When put into a competition, you’re forced to compare one thing with another, and inevitably, some women come across as more dynamic or exciting, or vulnerable or beautiful.
The Ride: What don’t women seem to understand about fashion? I’ll give you an example: Spandex is not your friend no matter what someone tells you. Here’s another: Early to bed, early to rise and for God’s sake, accessorize.
Robert: Fashion is about a unique expression, and not about piling on every trend that they read about in magazines. In this year’s competition, Sandy has the most defined sense of style. She’s hip, cool and cultured.
The Ride: Do you tweet? I tweet and I always go to my tweeples for a question or two. One of my tweeple wants to know what is the appropriate age to STOP wearing very short skirts? Seems like these broads nowadays are willing to show some thigh up until the time they are thrown into the casket.
Robert: I do tweet! (@RobertVerdi) You should stop wearing short skirts when your legs stop looking good in them. Every pair of legs has a different expiration date.
The Ride: Along the lines of age and aging, I’m always interested in learning new (or improved) and NATURAL ways to turn back the hands of time. Do you have any advice for a sistah of a certain (never to be disclosed) age? (If you say, “Sell your soul to the devil”, I am willing to consider that as a possibility. [smiles])
Robert: More skin care, less makeup.
The Ride: I’m not one for causes but I am on a personal mission to eliminate butt crack from our lives. Why in the name of all that is holy do women wear jeans and sweatpants that are ill fitting? Robert, please talk to them for me. And what is it that we can do to prevent this scourge in our own lives?
Robert: Finding jeans that fit is one of the greatest challenges for all women. Some women look great in a low rise jean-it helps equal out their proportions, especially if they’re short waisted. You do run the risk of a “butt peek” if you drop your keys. I definitely am against purposely showing off your ass. Crack is Whack!
The Ride: And finally, what is the one must have for the summer?
Robert: A bit hat! It’s glamorous, mysterious and protects you from the sun. Thanks Robert for doing your part to make the world more fabulous.
Here’s a sneak peak at She’s Got the Look
She’s Got the Look will return for a third season. Open casting calls will be held in the following cities: Los Angeles (12/6), New York City (12/12), Memphis, TN (12/13) and Columbus, OH (12/15). Check http://www.TVLandPrime.com for more details.