The emphasis in America is on the physical, with often disastrous results in the styling department. “At my age, I don’t want to run around in a crop top, showing my belly, even if I’m in perfect shape,” she says. “I feel like I’d like a bit more decorum.”
She winces when she remembers a conversation she overheard where a bunch of 20-somethings she worked with savaged Madonna’s style after a show. “You’re 57 years old, and I think competing with 20-somethings on that level isn’t the greatest thing,” she says.
So … dress and act your age? That doesn’t ring true either. When she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t always recognize the person staring back.
“I don’t feel so different. I make better choices. I’m not as impetuous. I have a spiritual life, which is a big deal and which I didn’t have when I was younger,” she says. “I meditate. I take care of myself more. When I was young, I thought I could live forever and abuse my body every which way and I don’t do that anymore.”
She does still slum it with the younger crowd, though. And revels in it.
“Every age is important and it’s important to keep an open mind,” she says. “Everyone has an impact. Because there’s wisdom in age, and there’s wisdom in youth.”