Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Deborah'snewlifeisin Balance

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Deborah'snewlifeisin Balance

Article excerpt

HERS are features familiar, assembled in a symphony of symmetry.

The hair, the eyes, the teeth, the body, the smile. Ahh, the smile.

But Deborah Hutton is in her 50s now; a time, she says, to revel at last in a great unburdening.

A time to shrug off any anxiety over her looks, to realise the race to flawlessness is unwinnable.

To let go of the ridiculous pressure to pursue perfection.

In short, a time to stop worrying about the packaging because its contents are what matters.

It's a lesson for us all, but a big one for a former model and fashion and beauty magazine editor.

"Look, I created a routine in my life of eating well but I'm seriously no angel," she said over the phone from her Sydney home.

"I love entertaining. I had a big lunch here on the weekend and it all ended in a big mess (laughs).

"But I go to the gym during the week and I generally look after myself.

"And you know, I stick a hair pack on every now and then and have a facial a couple of times a year. I don't drive myself crazy.

"The best thing about getting into your 50s is you don't care much any more. That's one of the best things about getting older, that freedom and acceptance you have about yourself.

"My weight is always something I have to watch but I'm not neurotic about it. You've got to accept yourself for who you are sometimes.

"It took me many years to get there. And when you're in a profession which concentrates on your physical attributes, there's always a struggle to be your best and appear as if you've got it all together.

"But now, building my own business, it's not about me, it's about what I feel.

"And it's the happiest I've been."

Happy, too, is the coincidence that she chose this time in her life to launch a new online community for over-45s, Balance By Deborah Hutton.

Its aim, she says, is to inspire women to be a better version of themselves. And there's not a wrinkle cream or cosmetic surgeon in sight. …

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