What makes a woman beautiful?

How to look better at 75 than 50?

It’s in the eyes!

I looked around the table at 12 older women in a low income subsidized residence building last week.

At first I saw the posture, revealing or signaling a range of attitudes — from hunched helplessness to ramrod pride.

Then I noticed the mouths – frowning as though it was the normal state for that mouth. Or open in wonder, ready to laugh. Or tightly shut — perhaps so not to let the wrong words out. These mouths had worn this frame for decades.

Hair styles or scarves –one even in a shower cap  – can’t escape notice.

But what really told the story was the eyes.

The hooded, half closed ones that seemed to stop just behind the pupil with no visible interest in the present.

The crinkly, smiley ones that looked with obvious seeing.

Those smiling eyes moved with the moment. they revealed curiosity.

After studying aging – and why some people seem to age so well and others not for nearly two decades, I’ve learned the key to successful aging: it’s curiosity! The curious stay flexible in mind and spirit. They look beautiful because they are looking at you.

Here are some of my favorite beautiful women pictures.