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This 63-Year-Old Professor Became an Accidental Fashion Icon


Fordham University professor Lyn Slater became famous when she went to meet a friend for lunch. It was right outside the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. Apparently, while walking around, a group of journalists saw her and mistook her for a fashion icon. This is what inspired 63-year-okd Slater to create her blog Accidental Icon–and then later, an Instagram account.

Slater, who became an accidental fashionista and fighter against ageism, is tired of the fashion industry promoting the idea that women must dress their “age.” She explained:

“I think, if you are comfortable in what you’re wearing, no matter how old you are and you’re owning it, you’re going to look completely fine.

Fashion and my style help me struggle against that invisibility that comes with age.”

Slater also told Refinery29 in an interview:

“…We use language to control people’s behavior… This phrase is a way of putting older women in their place.”

As of now, Slater is kicking ass and taking names–she is currently signed to Elite London, and has worked with brands such as Mango and Uniqlo, proving that beauty and style knows no age. It’s the fashion industry that has to change, not older women.

Here are some of my favorite outfits of hers:

It’s all about perception. Photo: @lane_lang Styling: @lyj_____ Make-up: @jenevans Hair: @romana117 in @sickymag

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Red. Enough said.💋💋💋#AgeIsNotAVariable #internationalwomensday #girlpossible #iwd2017 #womenfashion #woman #red

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When your hair is not the only silver you like to wear. Thanks @mango #AStoryOfUniqueness #MangoGirls #AgeIsNotAVariable

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