Alexandra Owens, Allure magazine
Terrible at two, sweet at sixteen-sexy at 28? A new survey by Lil-Lets found that the average British woman feels sexiest at 28 and most confident at 32. But I'm not buying the idea of, as The Daily Mail put it, a "magic age." It suggests that everything before, in between, and after must somehow be lesser.
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Being surer of your body and yourself at 32 rather than 22 makes sense. At that point, life becomes increasingly stable, you've had richer, diverse experiences, and you're more established in your career and social circles (one would hope). But it seems strange to me that 32 caps off the growing period. It worries me that, according to this study, women at 38, 48, or 68 aren't more confident. Does confidence wane? Does it just plateau?
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When I first started college, so many people told me that it would be the best time of my life. When I graduated, the same people said the same thing about my early 20s. And now I'm supposed to believe that I have to wait until 32? And it's all downhill from there? The fact is (and yes, I'm allowed to say this even though I'm only 23) that aging is unpredictably different for everyone. For most, it's not a steady decline or an incline. I plan on always discovering new ways to feel sexy and confident-because, by the way, they aren't mutually exclusive. Sure, we have peaks, but can't it be plural? I for one am aiming for 10 to 12 amazing, confidence-high, sexy-as-hell peaks in my lifetime.