Still stun­ning at 81, Jane Fonda proves age is not an is­sue

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis - By Alisha Rouse Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

IT is nearly 60 years since she made her name as a Hol­ly­wood sex sym­bol. But Jane Fonda shows that, at the age of 81, she can still daz­zle.

The vet­eran ac­tress posed for Bri­tish Vogue in a spe­cial ‘Non-Is­sue Is­sue’ to com­bat age dis­crim­i­na­tion. In one shot, Miss Fonda wears a dra­matic black and sil­ver heav­ily-fringed se­quined jumper and cu­lottes by Gucci, with high-heeled stud­ded black boots.

She is also pic­tured on the fash­ion bible’s front cover in a fringed Tom Ford white dress, its plung­ing neck­line rem­i­nis­cent of the dar­ing out­fits she wore in one of her early hit films, the 1968 saucy sci-fi satire Bar­barella.

Miss Fonda, who in the 1980s helped in­spire a work­out craze through her fit­ness videos, told the mag­a­zine: ‘It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that older women are the fastest grow­ing de­mo­graphic in the whole world. It’s time to recog­nise our value.’

But she added: ‘I like be­ing over the hill be­cause I’ve dis­cov­ered there’s a whole new land­scape. I’m fond of age. I’m glad I’ve lived this long.’ Bri­tish Vogue editor Ed­ward En­nin­ful said his spe­cial edi­tion, which runs along­side the standard May is­sue, aims to cel­e­brate older women and ‘give a voice to women who feel voice­less’.

He said: ‘We have to be in­clu­sive to women who feel ex­cluded and really to chal­lenge the in­dus­try head on.

‘For me, Bri­tish Vogue has al­ways been about di­ver­sity of per­spec­tive. For me age is not an is­sue. Yet there’s still so much dis­crim­i­na­tion in the fash­ion and beauty in­dus­tries so that’s why the non-is­sue is ded­i­cated to these women over 50.’

The mag­a­zine’s spe­cial edi­tion, which like the May is­sue is avail­able on dig­i­tal down­load and on news­stands from Fri­day, also fea­tures Dame He­len Mir­ren, 73, and French ac­tress Is­abelle Ad­jani, 63.

Sex sym­bol: Miss Fonda in Bar­barella in 1968 and in a work­out video from 1982 Left: Jane Fonda in a pose for Bri­tish Vogue. Above: The cover of the mag­a­zine 1980s 1960s

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