Georgia is a rarity in the fashion industry because she’s a strong, smart woman who is vocally forthright and unafraid to make a stand about the things that matter to her. This beauty is also a veteran mom of 4 girls, which makes her the perfect person to explore the subject of revolutionizing the current ageist mindset in the upcoming generations of women.
Georgia Schulze Del Rosario, 34
“Aging is something that everyone and everything goes through, so in some ways, it equalizes us. It is a part of our journey, and happens with every minute that passes. For the lucky ones, they age up until their limit, living a long life. But more important than the length of time you are in this world, is how fruitful all those years are.”
When it comes to getting older, she says:
“There’s a little bit of both a fear and a celebration… I have always been one of those individuals that has welcomed change. I see the changes that come with aging to be exciting. Though I’m not too thrilled about the laugh lines and frown marks, nor do I care for the extra weight I carry around my waist, I look forward to being a better version of myself on the inside. Someone who has learned how to be more calm and let the little things go. Someone who is secure with herself. Someone who can make wiser decisions due to learning from experience.”
AGJ: What do you think about the societal pressure on women to always look young?
GSD: I think society in general is judgmental about so many superficial things that looking older is just another aspect they can have an opinion on. That being said, I also think people, especially women, just want to look their best, no matter what stage they are at life. With that comes confidence, which opens doors to so much more. So I try to see it not as supporting what society values, but what individuals need to help them look and feel their best.
You’re in an industry that values youth above all else. How do you deal with it?
I don’t think I deal with it as much as accept it. I won’t be called for the same projects and stories as I used to, and that’s ok… I’ll just enjoy seeing my daughters get those if they decide to follow in my footsteps, as well as look forward to the jobs that are for who and where I am right now.
Age gracefully or with help?
I hope I can age gracefully… To still be considered beautiful with sunken skin and white hair would be a fete. But I don’t see anything wrong with a little help, especially if it will boost your confidence. Just don’t go overboard!
What would you say you know now about living a happy and successful life that you didn’t know when you were twenty?
I know that happiness is a conscious decision you make every day. You can focus on what is good, or you can fret about what is bad. It’s not about who you are with or what you have to do or anything like that that affects your happiness. And as difficult as this sounds, happiness should never be measured by your success. You won’t always be on top. You’ve got to learn to find happiness even when you aren’t peaking.
How can we help women, and society in general celebrate ageing?
I think it’s hard to change the world, but it is possible to change yourself. If you can celebrate yourself, and your journey through time, you will also be able to view others in a similar light.
IMAGES: SARA BLACK
MAKEUP: ANJU DARGANI
HAIR: TENG ROMA SALON FOR L’OREAL PHILIPPINES