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Have you ever lied about your age?

July 15, 2010

I ask the question having just read this article about how recognised ‘beauties’ such as Elle Macpherson and Yasmin Le Bon, both considered ‘older’ models, are now experiencing a surge in demand for their services. And – get this… the very lovely Mrs Le Bon suggests that her fellow models can actually benefit from claiming to be older than they are. Yes, that’s right – benefit from pretending to be older…. which might well be the case if you are pitching for work as ‘the face’ of an anti-ageing product but what about the rest of us?

Now I don’t know about you, but the last time I inflated my age was probably the time I said I was ‘nearly 9’ when in fact I’d only just turned 8!  And other than a bit of judicious ‘maturing’ in order to get into an over 21 venue or the like, I can’t think of a time in the last 30 years when I’ve been tempted to say I was older than my actual age .

But then again, that’s not usually the way we lie about our age is it?

Usually we claim to be younger than we are and I honestly don’t think I’ve deliberately shaved a few years off my age either. (Notice the word, ‘deliberately’ here…. put it this way – if someone perhaps assumed I was younger, I may not have gone out of my way to put them right!)

But now, having just turned 55 (….notice the ‘just turned’!) I really think that we are indeed on a hiding to nothing by lying about our age. By doing so we merely perpetuate the idea that there’s something inherently negative about ageing – it’s like saying, ‘It’s too awful to admit to being 55 but I can just about accept being 49.’  Or perhaps it’s more a case of, ‘It’s too awful to admit to being 55 but others might just find me acceptable as 49 year old.’  

So, what do you think – do you agree that we are on a hiding to nothing by lying about our age? Or if you do lie about, or have ever lied about your age, tell me your thoughts…

  • Why? What were the circumstances?
  • What age are/were you and what age do/did you pretend to be?
  • Did lying get you the results you were looking for?
  • Is there an age where you think you will be able to state your chronological age loud and proud?
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