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FASHION CONSULTANT/TV HOST “Even when I’m asked to comment on red-carpet looks, I’m much more interested in women who have experience, maturity and a career to reflect upon than the ingenues who are just starting out. I want to look at someone like Helen Mirren. She’s a woman of a certain age, she has a real woman’s figure and she looks fantastic — whether she’s on the red carpet wearing a gown or whether she’s caught by the paparazzi wearing a pair of jeans and a blazer. Even if I could, I wouldn’t turn back the clock. Not even one single second, because with each day I have more experience, I’m a little wiser and I feel more confident navigating the world.”

Tim Gunn is an Emmy-winning co-host and producer of the hit fashion design show Project Runway. He’s also a leading expert himself in fashion and lifestyle design, and has authored several best-selling books. For nearly 30 years, Gunn was an instructor and administrator at New York City’s famed Parsons School of Design, where he still serves as the school’s honorary chair of fashion design.




“I’ve had a couple moments where I thought I was ready to sail off into the sunset and retire, but I didn’t do well with it. The first time I tried it, I was 50, and it was because Sony Records, my label since I was 21, dropped me. That was devastating. I finally realized that I must stay creative, or I’ll be depressed. So, I dug into my savings and recorded an album that no one heard because I couldn’t afford to market it the way record companies do. But it taught me that I need to stay active — and part of that is learning to use new technologies. I teach my children that if they follow their hearts, they can make a living at it and find happiness. My advice? Follow the fun.”

Few artists enjoyed more success in the 1970s and ’80s than Kenny Loggins, both as a duo with Jim Messina and as a solo artist. Now, he’s looking toward a much younger audience with a new take on his classic “Footloose.” He’s releasing the song as part of a package that includes a companion book and a CD of new material.


ACTRESS “I came to Los Angeles in my 60s for a one-year trial run. Finding success in a new career this late in life made me feel like I’m worth something again. I was a psychologist, and worked very hard. But when you retire, you start to feel invisible. Acting, strangely enough, has been very easy for me. My advice to anyone is to take just one step forward. Just keep moving, no matter what you’re interested in. My kids were very encouraging and supportive. If they’d said, ‘You’re a fool to try this,’ I would have been cut down. Instead, they kept cheering me on. Every day is a new adventure. I’d like to have a larger role in some project, but it’ll happen or it won’t happen — it’s just fun to be working.”

Jo Farkas always wanted to be a movie star. As it does for most of us, life got in the way — but her dream never really died. After raising her kids and retiring from her career in psychology, she moved to Los Angeles and finally made that childhood dream come true. She has appeared in commercials, in TV shows such as Chicago Hope, Weeds and American Horror Story and in movies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding.

GB EXTRA Visit to listen to our Growing Bolder Radio conversations with Tim Gunn, Kenny Loggins and Jo Farkas.

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