I’m supposed to look like J Lo? But I’m 50! Oh, wait ...

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I’m supposed to look like J Lo? But I’m 50! Oh, wait ...

While the stereotypical image of a midlifer may be outdated, J Lo’s performance is selling us a dangerous myth

Lauren Libbert

Does anyone know who won the Super Bowl? No? Maybe that’s because the highlight of last Sunday’s game was not the powerful men butting helmets in Florida’s Hard Rock stadium but the sexy 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez, who, in one mesmerising halftime performance, singlehandedly rewrote the rule book on how women of a certain age should dress and behave.

Clad in her barely-there Versace bodysuits and black leather chaps ensemble, J Lo blew out of the water every notion of what 50 should look like. On stage, in front of millions, she wrapped her toned, cellulite-free legs about a dancing pole with the athleticism of a woman 30 years her junior, leaving her fellow midlife viewers slack-jawed in awe.

It was a performance that sent social media into meltdown, with Lady Gaga leading the charge on Twitter, calling J Lo and her co-performer Shakira (a mere baby at 43) “powerful sexy women”. There was no end to the raving about J Lo’s incredible routine, saying this is what 50 should look like and 50 is the new 40 and age should never be a barrier, blah blah blah...

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