She’s on the deck of a yacht bobbing in the aquamarine waters off Formentera, wearing cut-off denim shorts and a tank over her black bikini. The breeze whips her long hair around her face as she plants a kiss on her beaming, deeply tanned beau. No, it’s not the newest ingénue being clamoured over by Hollywood execs, nor a twenty-something pop sensation topping the charts. It’s the 54-year-old former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni.
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The model and mother-of-two, who is currently cruising the Med with her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, is emblematic of the woman having the most aspirational of all the celebrity summers this year. She’s gorgeous, she’s carefree, and she’s north of 50. Forget blondes: in 2022, mid-lifers have more fun.
Take 64-year-old Sharon Stone who in recent weeks has gone from owning the red carpet to posting sensational poolside bikini shots. Then there’s Cindy Crawford, 56, who is holidaying at her family’s island retreat in Ontario, Canada, where she’s been zipping across the lake on a speedboat, devouring Liane Moriarty’s latest, and generally looking better than ever in her Melissa Odabash bikini. Her daughter Kaia Gerber put it best in her comment on Cindy’s swimwear snap: “Hot!”