Glorious Broad #6: Patrice Wynne

Photos by Sarah Kjelleren

Photos by Sarah Kjelleren

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GLORIOUS PROFESSION: Social Entrepreneur. Owner/Creator at Abrazos. Writer.


GLORIOUS PERSONA: A Free, Gutsy, Jubilant Glorious Broad


GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Wise, Sensuous, Exuberant, Delicious  


GLORIOUS FACT: At 60, Patrice created a list called “104 Qualities I Want in a Partner.”  She was told, "The chances of finding a man with these qualities are the same as finding a unicorn."  Two months later, she met that “Unicorn.” Six days later, he proposed. Yeah, she knows what she wants – and then she makes it happen…

GLORIOUS PHILOSOPHY: “I have an internal message system now: I’m running out of decades, I’m running out of decades. I am running out of days in this mysterious thing called Life. It’s pushing me to create more, dare more. My next adventure: to design clothes using refashioned materials, of which I have mountains in my home. The Scissors Muse is calling…” 

GB: I got to know Patrice – theoretically – over cafecito with her fiancée, Ernesto, in San Miguel while she was traveling to New York. He rhapsodized about her – but in a very funny way – and all the stories he shared were glorious ones. The way he respected her, loved her, protected her, delighted in her – but understood that she needed her freedom and knew enough to let her fly. They shared a grown up sexy love – inspiration to me as I majored in dating boys – practically. I needed to meet this lady for more than a moment. I met her briefly at a café in San Miguel, and she was like a bolt of lightning aimed at – it seemed me – her force, style and energy were palpable. I then visited her boutique. I am not a shopper, yet I walked out of there with aprons, shirts and – well – stuff for everyone I didn’t know I “needed.” The woman has talent. We stayed in touch – and she starting coming to NYC more regularly. We became friends. She loves New York as she loves so many things in life… with exuberance, curiosity and an urge to MAKE STUFF HAPPEN. Contagious curiosity, contagious joy, contagious FUN. A dinner date with the Glorious Broad Patrice Wynne – with a lot of guffawing between delectable mouthfuls at an outdoor café in the West Village …

A BON VIVANT – MEXICAN STYLE...

DID YOU DREAM AS A GIRL THAT YOU WOULD GROW UP TO BE THE GLORIOUS BROAD THAT YOU ARE TODAY?

All I wanted as a girl was to be OUT of Pennsylvania. I thought I would live in New York; instead, I live in Mexico. Life’s taught me a lot of lessons. And one thing I am good at is making choices based on what I have learned. I have good instincts – always have – about self-preservation, having goals and following my heart. Which is WHY I live in Mexico.

YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN MOVING, MOVING, MOVING – AND CREATING...

I moved to California when I was 19 – and to Mexico when I was 50. I’ve lived in three geographies – east coast, west coast, south of the border. So, the movement takes place mostly inside me to go where I can create. And the inspiration to create in Mexico is alive everywhere. The very essence of this culture is entrepreneurial. 

HAS THE DEFINITION “HAPPINESS” CHANGED FOR YOU FROM WHEN YOU WERE A YOUNGER WOMAN? YOU'RE SUCH A JUBILANT CREATURE!

You know, I think it has been the same for me. I think of myself as naturally joyous – quick to feel joy and ecstasy. I love spending time alone, even though I am hugely social. When I was growing up, my happiest, happiest moments of childhood were being alone in my bedroom – drawing, copying words out of magazines and making my own journals, clipping fashion photographs, reading biographies of women. I like to be in my own creative space. Then, making it real in the world!  That brings me great joy. 

HULLOOOO! You owned a well known bookstore in Berkeley, California called GAIA in the 80s and 90s. You moved to San Miguel, Mexico at age 50, where you started Abrazos, a retail shop that’s all about festive fashion, exuberant fabrics, celebrating women you adore – (Frida Kahlo please) – talk about visualizing!!! Sorry, I know that word is embarrassingly trendy but… you visualized it girlfriend! 

Well, yeah, I guess I did...I did. I did. I did.

I have always been exuberant in my clothing. Always. You know, I have never had an accessory that matched since I was 17.

SO, WHY MEXICO?

Moving to Mexico was the biggest risk I have ever taken. Saying goodbye to the community that I had loved in California. But I had to after I closed my bookstore in Berkeley. I didn’t have something that structured every moment of my day from meeting with employees to buying books to lunching with publisher’s reps to going out to dinner with the authors, to having nightly author readings. But it was time to move on.  I could not infuse my life with a new dream until I restructured the setting I was in. It had to be radical because I was getting depressed, feeling stuck in the past. When I came to San Miguel it was all about reinvention, it was about experiencing a different culture and having a totally different experience. 

WAS IT AN EPIPHANY?

It was. When I arrived in San Miguel I thought, I want this and I will do whatever it takes to live this big new dream: sell the house, get rid of accumulated stuff, put what I treasure into a van and cross the border, inner and outer, never to return again. 

TALK ABOUT A RESTART BUTTON! DO YOU FEEL A FREEDOM AS YOU GET OLDER?

There’s a freedom to now having that balance between giving to others, giving to ourselves, telling ourselves the truth, telling others the truth. Managing your time more wisely. Not giving it away… And what happens when you do that is – suddenly your body is more energized. You’re a happier person. You are doing the things that naturally you are wanting to do with your life, and you are having a more creative life.

HAVE YOU EVER BOUGHT INTO THAT IDEA OF AN EXPIRATION DATE ON YOUR CAREER, ON YOUR LOOKS, ON YOUR VITALITY, ANY OF THAT?

I would say on career, no. Because I am an entrepreneur at heart. If I had one penny, I would start my own business, no matter what age I was. However, before I met Ernesto, my fiancée, I was really aware that the odds were growing out of favor as a woman in my 60s. All this stuff – energy, looks, hair, body –  it’s all becoming something of its own at this age. Of course we have negative thoughts and scary thoughts. But you can’t cling to them. That’s a cancer of the brain. My wiser self knows: I am surprised about how my legs look today – but they’ll look worse in 10 years – so you better enjoy them today.

(Lots of chuckles between bites)

BRING IT ON...

Bring it on!

AND IT'S ACCEPTING...

Yeah, and it’s not looking back. You gotta look reality in the face, and you have got to look towards the future. 

IT'S TRUE. BUT YOU'RE IN MEXICO. IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT CULTURE THERE, ISN'T IT? ABOUT BEING OLDER AND BEING...

Well, it’s a different culture with age, there is courtesy and kindness extended towards elder people in the Mexican culture. In San Miguel there are a lot of older people so you are not being compared to younger people all of the time. Just the opposite. When I say to friends: “I am turning 64 – now that’s a marker” – and they say” “you’re a baby…come on…” I really have to say, it gives you a different perspective on your own age! 

SO WHAT DOES AGING GLORIOUSLY MEAN TO YOU?

A playfulness, an ease, more joy and sensuality – a spirited pleasure.  Being fearless and free – I do love my F words. It’s a fact. I love them. Fearless. Friendship. Freedom. Flaneur. Fashionista. Fiesta. Fun. Food.

Did I mention Patrice was joyful? Oh, yeah. She travels all over Mexico, writes, runs her fabulous boutique, Abrazos, and will soon be unveiling a blog about her zest for life as an ex pat in Mexico called, “A Mexican Love Story.” We feel quite sure she will be showing up in NYC next time with her own brand of clothing – cause she’s that kinda girl. Check her out at http://sanmigueldesigns.com/  or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/sanmiguelpatrice

Glorious Broad #5: Faith Ringgold

Photo by Bryant Norman

Photo by Bryant Norman

GLORIOUS PROFESSION: Painter. Feminist. Educator. Author. Activist.

GLORIOUS PERSONA: A No-Holes-Barred Glorious Broad

GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Persistent, Creative, Rebellious, Fun, Ferocious

GLORIOUS FACT: She waited fifteen years – FIFTEEN – for her memoir, We Flew Over the Bridge, to get published. And what did she do in the interim? How about authoring sixteen award-winning books at last count. And she is still at it...

GLORIOUS PHILOSOPHY:

Bring us the newness. Of the time. The place. And the events surrounding YOUR life. And that is what I have tried to do my whole life. Here. And Now. That’s your job as an artist.

GB: Faith's fierce, determined, beautiful face reached out to me as I was flipping through a New York Times T Magazine article called “Works in Progress." While I was aware of her art, and thrown by her looks, it was her personality that clinched it with the quote “If you live long enough and you persist, you are going to get recognition. You have to stay in the game.” I pondered that and thought – I must approach this woman. This is EXACTLY the spirit I am trying to convey in this project, in this tribe, Glorious Broads.

And so I did. I emailed her after reading a little bit more about her many, many accomplishments. I saw a few of her interviews on youtube…and I knew I had a chance. She was funny! She was sassy! She was deliciously human – and there was nothing that would get in the way of her art – of her goals…my kind of lady. I wrote her and that very same night I got a note back: “Let’s do it.”

We met at her home in her big spacious studio – walls filled with projects, art, sculpture, shows she was orchestrating – boundless life force. She was warm, she was funny and she was sheer power. A  gorgeous woman at 85. We talked of our mutual love for Dinah Washington and old jazz. She told me a story of her move to Jones Road in New Jersey, where she lives now. It was a story of racism she had never experienced before. She came from Harlem. She hadn’t a clue – but oh, she prevailed. She ended her tale with “you really don’t know who you’re messing with.”

 But I knew – I knew it from one glance at that face beaming at me through “T”. It is an honor to share this No-Holes-Barred Glorious Broad I had the good fortune to spend time with. She is as fun and frisky as she is ferocious…

STAYING IN THE GAME: 11 Questions for Faith

WHO WOULD YOU CREDIT FOR THAT MOTIVATION – THAT ENGINE – THAT CONTINUES TO DRIVE YOU? 

My mother.  You work hard and you will get where you are going. Just keep going. That was my mother.

HOW DID YOU FREE YOURSELF OF THIS "EXPIRATION DATE" THAT IS EVERYWHERE IN OUR SOCIETY FOR WOMEN – BEAUTY IS OVER AT 45, OUR CAREERS AT 60... 

I'm not doing that. I don't have an expiration date. I will do what I CAN do when/where I can do it. So there it is...

DID YOU EVER HAVE TO HIT "RESTART" – A PERIOD OF COMPLETELY STARTING OVER?

No. I’ve never had to hit restart. I never stopped. When I had kids, there were certain media I could not work in…because I couldn’t put big canvases on the wall and paint a picture and stay in one place. So I worked smaller. I made dolls. I made sculpture. I can paint in water colors – yeah, I can paint on pads. But – I’m working. All the time. 

YOU DIDN'T QUIT YOUR "DAY JOB" AS AN EDUCATOR UNTIL YOU WERE 41. NOW, THAT'S PERSISTENCE...

Well, it took me until the 80s, when I was in my 50s, before things got really good and I was able to live off my art. And that’s because I stayed in the game and had so many wonderful people who were supportive and helped me to reach my goals, like Robert Newman at my first gallery. I will never forget him…

WHY?

He was the first gallery I had ever been in, The Spectrum Gallery. Art was HUGE in the 60s – one piece filled the wall – and I was the only one working smaller and more political. He wanted me to just do what I was doing – but let’s see what would happen if you get bigger. He gave me the keys to his gallery when he closed it to the public and said – here’s your studio for the summer. That’s when I did Die, my first really big painting – and The Flag Is Bleeding – with all those people running and fighting –what was going on in the 60’s on the street and… the U.S. Postage stamp Commemorating the Advent of Black Power. 

I was there when they said Black Power. I thought...wow...when have you ever heard of power and black used in the same sentence. It was a fantastic time to be alive and I was so glad that I used that time to record it.

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST RISK YOU'VE TAKEN IN YOUR LIFE?

Being an artist! If I had known the problems of being an artist, what you have to go through and how HARD it is, I wouldn’t have done it. And that would have been a mistake I now know. But it took everything…

IF YOU WERE TO CHOOSE A GLORIOUS TRIBE TO LIVE WITH – WOMEN YOU ADMIRE – WHO WOULD THEY BE?

I am gonna start with Hillary. She is brilliant! And needs to be President…and Louise Bourgeois, Selma Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, Louise Nevelson…I had been to her house. There was no furniture that I can remember – it was all sculpture. All of these women were very very powerful, very inspiring.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FEMINISM...

Let me tell you how I BECAME a feminist. I was involved with the black power projects. Of course I wanted to see black people get everything they deserve. And I was recognizing the fact that the art world was exceedingly racist and we were trying to open up the museums so that black artists were getting in. So, we were going into the Museum of Modern Art with the art coalition group to demonstrate against the fact that no black artists were there. When they closed off the streets from 6th to 5th Avenues because of the excitement, they would invite the men artists to come and sit around the table and – you know – talk about the “situation.” So I said – you know – this doesn’t make any sense. I am the one who has mostly engineered this demonstration – and yet – I am not even invited to sit around the table. They have no intention of inviting me to be in any shows if I can’t sit around the table and rap – so something is WRONG! The next demonstration I called was at the Whitney. And that one was to demonstrate against the fact that there were no women being shown in the Whitney biannual – and that – that was powerful! 

GB: GORILLA GIRL!!!

YOU'VE BEEN AN ACTIVIST FOR FEMINISM, FOR ARTISITS, FOR RACE...ARE YOU NOW AN ACTIVIST AGAINST AGE-ISM?

I live my life! And we’re not going away! We’re all over the place. We’re no longer just some little old person sitting in the corner. I just became a vegetarian this last year, taking 30 day challenges and feel wonderful. Bad food doesn’t taste good to me any more. How’s that…

And daily inspiration keeps me going. It’s what I thrive on. And people who inspire me. And ART – making art inspires me. I like coming up here and doing my work. And now I have this Quiltuduko… 

TELL US ABOUT THIS PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON...THIS QUILTUDUKO...

This is the project I am concentrating on now…because I have made so much art. Quiltuduko is my thing. LOVE it. I love to do it. it’s based on Sudoku.  I have more than sixty diagrams and thousands of beautiful images. They are good for people who are old and they are good for people who are young. It is about here and now. Keep that brain functioning and use the color and design for it. Now, we just need to spread the word more and get it OUT!

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUNGER WOMEN OUT THERE?

Pass it on! So many people have done so many wonderful things for me and I have said to myself, well, what can I do for them. What I can do is pass it on – to somebody else. Make sure that the opportunities that I got extend to others. Be generous. Help people…not only maintain your success and achieve it – but pass it on…

GB: Let me get this straight: Faith wanted to take a break from writing and making art – and so she invented a game requiring over 60 visual diagrams and then wrote the music for it. And she has a new book out since I interviewed her on Amazon called “A Letter to my Daughter, Michelle Wallace.”  Now, I interviewed her a little more than a month ago. Ummm, what did YOU do today?

Faith is unstoppable and the Queen of all Glorious Broads. We adore her. You can learn more about Faith on her site faithringgold.com. Order Quiltuduko up on itunes http://goo.gl/03BnFG or google play https://goo.gl/Ns3e4F. Check out her philosophy on Quiltuduko, Life, Art on our little homage...

Faith in front of her one of her glorious Quiltudukos

Faith in front of her one of her glorious Quiltudukos

Describing her new project: Quiltuduko

Glorious Broad #4: Sarah Jane Adams

Photo by Leah Runyon

Photo by Leah Runyon

GLORIOUS PROFESSION: Antique Jeweler, Instagram "Star"

GLORIOUS PERSONA: A Cheeky Glorious Broad

GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Generous, Hilarious, Joyful, Adventurous – and not takin' it all too seriously

GLORIOUS PHILOSOPHY:

I never considered myself a fashionista or any of those bullshit labels – I’m just me doing my thing, traveling, living out of a suitcase

Sarah Jane Adams (AKA Saramaijewels) has got 40,000 followers on Instagram. Ok, not 104,000 like Kim Gordon, not 4 million like Madonna...but still...what she’s got is 40,000 obsessive Instagram fans...and I’m one of them. I’ve started a friendship with this pal – yes, I called her a pal – who lives part time in Australia, part time in London and part time just about everywhere else she feels like floppin’. She is the wandering gypsy I think we all want to be...or at least some of us at this point in our lives. Certainly I wanna be.  My ex went on a solo four month bike trip with a few belongings in his backpack recently...and all men gravitated to him with lust and envy and a...”why can’t I” misty gaze. I think Sarah brings that up for women...not the envy but feeding the free and easy, let’s-go-for-it part of you. Hey, I’m a pro-active kinda lady and live the life I want to...but she has AMPED IT UP...and infected me. She’s an exaggerated view of what I could be on a very courageous day. Me and 40,000 others who can’t get enough of her.

INSTAGRAM "STARDOM"
I’m drawn to rocker chicks, only this one answered my Instagram message! I asked if she would let me interview her. She agreed within minutes. Now Kim Gordon wouldn’t do that... 

She was on one of her first trips to New York City and I remember her big teddy bear of a man commenting to me while we photographed her (impossible not to want to capture this woman): “Amazing. One year ago we had no idea of what Instagram was and now it has changed our lives.”

Some of you, perhaps a lot of you, do not use Instagram. I get it! We work so damn hard to be “present” and– oh god - here’s another social media avenue we have to find the time for. But as a visual person, I found it fascinating that – just through imagery and not too much verbiage - you get a feeling for people and lives you might want to enter, perhaps even become chums with. It’s much more democratic then FB. You can reach out easily and not be conned into paying for anything - yet.

ABOUT THAT FERRET
Half of Sarah’s appeal is her attitude ‘cause she simply just doesn’t give a f***. She started on Instagram as a ferret. Yes, a stuffed ferret. Now that’s a lady who definitely doesn’t take it all too seriously. The woman has a distinctive style, and one day she had on a really old Adidas jacket, mixed it up with “whatever was around,” let her daughter’s boyfriend take a smart ass picture of her. Her daughter posted it, hash tagged AdvancedStyle and AriSethCohen from the uber popular over 50 style blog – and all hell broke lose. Ari, creator of Advanced Style, happened to be in Sidney, came over the next morning, took a couple of photos, and that’s pretty much how it started. Sarah and Ari have become good friends since, and she has the utmost loyalty and respect for the man, “a gentle gorgeous soul.” “I never considered myself a fashionista or any of those bullshit labels – I’m just me doing my thing, traveling, living out of a suitcase...”

And that’s what comes through...her genuineness, her humor, her not giving a shit...

AND SHE'S NOT A NARCISSIST
If you know Instagram, you know there are a LOT of narcissists out there. Sarah is quite the opposite. She’s real. She speaks the truth. Her mantra: “Be yourself. Speak up.” She attracts all kinds of ages, all kinds of cultures. I asked her about this. “I’ve got different genres of followers. Obviously, I’ve got a bunch of Adidas people (she loves her Adidas), the Brazilians love me cause I am colorful and bright, I am festive, the older and middle aged women like me because I’m gray and able to live my life and have a happy time, the Japanese kids love me cause I am quirky and wear things in a quirky way. And then there are the Philly people. I found them and they inspired me – so it’s very much a reciprocal thing.”

Ah ha! That’s the difference with Sarah. It’s reciprocal! She asks things. She responds. She does give a shit about the people who follow her. In fact, she considers them “her therapists.” “To have 40,000 therapists out there – some of whom are vocal and some of whom aren’t – that’s huge. I mean, what a blessing is that.”

Enough of me waxing on. Let me introduce you to the girl herself on a couple of rants. She’s the real deal...a “Gloriously “wicked, cheeky, wind up merchant” to quote Sarah...

Wrote, directed, designed, edited this first of a series of video interviews with feisty, strong, charismatic women who are part of the tribe called Glorious Broads. Sarah, who sees herself as a gloriously "wicked, cheeky, wind up merchant" is all that - but so much more. She's got style, wisdom and attitude galore.

This piece or a close facsimile was originally posted for Huff Post 50. Since the article, I've had so many women write me about Sarah's magnetism. Well, she's in Montenegro today – tomorrow? Who knows...but she'll working joyfully away on some glorious work in progress.

Glorious Broad #3: Yamuna (yah-moon-a)

Photos by Leah Runyon

Photos by Leah Runyon

GLORIOUS PROFESSION: Visionary. Teacher. Healer.

GLORIOUS PERSONA: A Revolutionary Glorious Broad

GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Ferocious, Funny, Sexy, Irreverent, Rebel

GLORIOUS FACT: "I used to say when I was 11 that I was going to be a radical education reformer. Thought I’d pull out the best in every child. Now I’m laughing ‘cause what I do is I radically educate adults… change people’s brains about how you take care of the body."

GLORIOUS PHILOSOPHY:

If you do what you love and it helps people, you will have what you need.

GB: The interesting thing about Yamuna and I was that – though we had not met – our paths crossed plenty in that New York City way. We both live in the West Village. And every other day, I used to pass her studio on Perry Street after getting my body fairly plummeted at my local gym. Yeah, I’m a gym rat…but I’d think – I gotta visit this place of serenity and strength and get stretched by that goddess.

Well, I blew that opportunity. Yamuna, who just turned 60, has moved on… and has expanded her universe to more global and more diverse…spreading the gospel of body sustainability…which I knew absolutely nothing about before meeting her.  I now know I was the prototype for one of her dumb baby boomers...killing myself daily like I did at age 30... not listening to my aching bones…

When I realized the need for this Glorious Broad project, I thought of Yamuna immediately. I only saw her on the street once..but she was an unforgettable vision. Yes, she’s a beauty, distinctively unique – but it was the carriage – the way she held herself that differentiated her from the rest of the schlebs on the avenue – including me.

I date these women. I see what they are like and if, in fact, they meet with my criteria of “Glorious.” Yamuna blew me away. We were “instant” girlfriends. Her vision, her ambitions, her  intelligence as she explained her body revolution in her funny, irreverent, kick ass way at her spectacular west village apartment…a Revolutionary Glorious Broad…

 

THE GLORIOUS BODY AND THE REVOLUTIONARY: 10 questions

DID YOU DREAM AT 20 THAT YOU WOULD BE THIS WOMAN YOU ARE TODAY?

I dreamed it at 11. I used to say to my father: “I don’t know what it is yet - but I’m gonna do something radical for the world. And that is what I’m here for. I always had purpose. I always had this vision…actively helping people. I’ll be doing this at 80. I’ll be going “oh yeah, so when you are 80, these are the things that happen in the body – these are the things you need to watch out for.”

CAN AN AGING BODY BE A WISER BODY – EVEN A GLORIOUS BODY?

Hell YEAH. It has to be. Otherwise, it’s not really fun. We’re supposed to have more fun as we get older. The bottom line is – if you’re stupid in your body – you can be smart as you want in your mind – but if you are stupid in your body – and just can’t be bothered with it – you’re pretty stupid. The body needs more care every decade you get over 50. And you have to ignore the self-medicated society we live in…

PREACH...

We have drugs for menopause. Drugs for thyroids, cholesterol, blood pressure…you name it. We’re a medicated culture. Take control of your own body.

Women keep secrets...like...we don’t talk enough about menopause. It’s a bitch! Women should be preparing for menopause when they turn 40.

SO TELL ME YOUR PHILOSOPHY IN A NUTSHELL

Your body speaks to you. Your hip, your knee, your hands, your shoulder, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The way we grow is by enriching our lives with new things, thoughts, beliefs and actions. There are so many more wonderful things to be experiencing and exploring. I call myself “the intelligent, alternative, knowledgeable” source to body sustainability. Body logic – hands on work. I can tell you that I can be wrong about almost anything in life – but not when it comes to the structure of the body...that’s where my expertise is.

BODY LOGIC? MORE PLEASE…

When my daughter was born, I was injured and had destabilized my left hip. It was impossible to find adequate treatment and so I experimented with yoga to heal myself. I thought of my body as a laboratory – here to research – using practical knowledge once you understand the anatomy. I perfected that first body of work and began to teach it. That built my reputation. And then I moved to Spain. Well, I didn’t speak the language yet, I didn’t have many friends, and there was nobody giving me a body logic session. I bought a cheap little ball and started giving myself a session so the ball and my body weight against the wall became my hands and I went wild. I did this for months and months and then realized – okay, this is the birth of a new work. We’re gonna teach people how to be able to literally work on every part of their body and be able to problem solve, self heal and maintain. This will be revolutionary. So…that’s how it started…

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS…YOUR HEROINES WHO INSPIRED THIS PASSION?

If I look at the women in my life, Edith Harper was a huge influence. Older, wiser, a life therapist  I had the good fortune to meet and be nurtured by. Her motto was: “Get wise sooner.” And Therese Bertherat who wrote “The Body Has it’s Reasons” in France. She was the first one who revolutionized “soft gym” – you don’t have to kill yourself.

BUT HOW DO YOU GET YOUR MESSAGE “TO THE PEOPLE”? I KNOW YOU HAVE SEMINARS IN FABULOUS EXOTIC PLACES BUT…ARE YOU AN ELITIST?

No! I do a daily blog! Without image but purpose and I have 5,000 people. I give practical stuff they can really do. Try this, how about this – but I always do it first. And this is on my Facebook page each day.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUNGER WOMEN OUT THERE ABOUT THEIR BODIES HEALTHY THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES?

Fitness by itself will fail everybody eventually. Look at yourself logically, intelligently, think it through before you join the gym and work out with that 22 year old hulk beating up your body.  Do not listen to what the fitness world has ever told you because it’s wrong. As you age, you can't work out at 50 like you did when you were 30. It's a moronic thought. There are more joint replacements then ever before and aging without your own body parts fully intact is not the best choice for aging gracefully. Think through whatever you are choosing to do with your body. And start thinking out of the box.

YOU'RE GIVIN’ OUT SEXINESS – THAT TOTALLY CONFIDENT IMAGE – DID THAT JUST GET BETTER WITH THE YEARS?

I walk into a room now and feel sexier, fitter and totally in touch with what I own – so different from my younger self. The last thing I want is my body at 30 because – you know what – my body is smarter today. I never thought about how I walked down the street and use my feet, my knees and my hips when I was 30. I do it today. Because I am connected to it. I feel like we need to be examples. We can’t tell people: wake up, be smarter, younger if WE don’t. You can’t talk it and not live it.

YOU'VE COMPLETELY REVOLUTIONIZED HOW WE FEEL ABOUT LONGEVITY – BUT HOW ABOUT YOU?  YOU WANT TO HIT 100 YEARS OLD? DO YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT THE INEVITABLE END?

Oh yeah – I can’t wait! I am so bored by people who want to live to 100. That’s a gross out. I’ve lived a super full life already. I could die now. There’s enough of what I have created to keep going for generations. So I don’t want to live to 100. BORING. 

This Glorious Broad is a powerhouse. Yamuna’s now got a whole line of wellness products that are aromatically based beyond her body ball series. And from there she created foot ecstasy and products with self empowerment tools. Check her out her daily  tutorial on www.facebook.com/YamunaBody. Unstoppable!

 

 

Glorious Broad #1: Janis Dardaris

Photos by Leah Runyon

Photos by Leah Runyon

GLORIOUS PROFESSION: Actress

AGE: FU_AGE!

GLORIOUS PERSONA: A No Bullshit Glorious Broad

GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Brutally Frank, Hilarious, Poetic, Profound

GLORIOUS PHILOSOPHY:

Getting older – it’s the freedom to say that I own myself – I am who I am and this is IT. I am not sure if I had it in my 40s but I definitely got it in my 50s. 50s are great.

GB: I was at a reading for a friend’s play when I spotted this glorious lioness across the crowded room — pepper and salt mane, all rough glamor — WHO IS THAT WOMAN!!??

A couple of vodkas later at the after-theatre party, I forgot about her —  until I jumped the elevator to return home. Who was my sole companion? The lioness. It was the middle of winter but she had a bike and a ‘tude to convince me we were in the middle of a summer heat wave. I’m a biker, I love heat and the deal was sealed.

 I call Janis’s face exotic. She calls it “RBF: Resting Bitch Face.” That “look” has got her into a heap of trouble — and won her a lot of demanding roles. Big surprise: she’s an actress.

Way impressed by her brutally frank, hilarious attitude, GB shares an embarrassment of riches over a few martinis — from sex to acting to aging — from our ‘no bullshit’ Glorious BroadJanis Dardaris …

 

BLINDERS BEGONE
“When I first got into acting — that’s the last thing any parent wants their child to do — and I said: fuck it, I’m doin’ it. And I had blinders on for 45 years.”

“You know that thing that George Bernard Shaw said: youth is wasted on the young? I don’t agree. When you’re young, youth is all you have. The passion of youth. The beauty of youth. I was so uncertain. That’s why I put the blinders on. Now my blinders are off and I’m ... aaaaaaaaaaah ... this is such a better time of life.”

V IS FOR VULNERABLE
“I basically don’t give a shit about what people think of me.  I’m not worried about the stuff I used to worry about. I used to have this tough exterior and I wouldn’t let them see my vulnerability. That’s changed.”

“It would be really dangerous — too dangerous — if we were as smart as we are now and as self-accepting and we looked like we did when we were in our 30s. I think the world would blow up. Or, maybe it wouldn’t ...”

BE UNBORED
“I have never been attracted to a normal man, but I don’t think that I'm very attracted to normalcy. It makes me bored. I always say: beat me, do anything but don’t bore me. I am completely helpless in the face of boredom.“

Sometimes I think about – am I gonna want to have sex in my 90s? Just because – I want to still be a life force

BROADS ARE BUDDHIST TOO
“There is such a thing as karma. I learned that you do wrong things and it will come back to you. Karma is a real thing. I never believed it. You take from the universe and don’t give back — it is what you will sow.”

FU AGE
“Aging gracefully: mind your own business. Whose saying this: aging gracefully — as opposed to what — getting your face hacked away at? I’ve never been a particularly graceful person. I don’t like the term. It feels like I will have to keep my mouth shut and be quiet — and wise. Fuck that. We have as much passion as we ever did. And I have even more opinions.

Let’s age with a sense of humor, a sense of irony … and generosity.”

GB: Now that sounds like aging GLORIOUSLY, girlfriend!

Janis Dardaris, Actress, Acting Coach, was named a Philadelphia legend in Thomas Nickel’s book “Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia.” Nickels spelled her last name wrong on page 57. Janis thinks the misspelling’s kinda funny. That's the Buddhism talking.