ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Joe Hildebrand -

Ac­cord­ing to Rob­bie Wil­liams – the very can­did and en­ter­tain­ing sub­ject of this week’s Q& A – 42 is 1042 in pop-star years. Yes, just as dogs and cats have an ac­cel­er­ated calendar of birthdays, so too do for­mer boy-band pin-ups. But if time is un­kind to men in the pub­lic eye, it is even less for­giv­ing to women. It is that, along with her flair for ac­ces­soris­ing green eye shadow and high heels with a bar­ris­ter’s wig, that makes 50-year-old Gina Liano an in­trigu­ing char­ac­ter. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of her chew­ing up the scenery on The Real House­wives Of Mel­bourne, her off-screen ven­tures sug­gest she is a de­par­ture from the norm. And, as she tells Pa­trick Car­lyon, she prob­a­bly wouldn’t have agreed to be pho­tographed the way she has for our cover if she was a cou­ple of decades younger – but she recog­nises the mes­sage that strik­ing such a provoca­tive pose can send to other women who refuse to be ren­dered in­vis­i­ble for daring to grow older.

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