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Chloe Laws
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The Quarter Life Crisis, a term coined a few years ago to describe the low point that millennials feel in the time period between their mid twenties and thirties. The years that cause us to scream "Where am I going and WTF is the point?". It's a turbulent, transitioning and generally pretty crap time. 

According to science, like the studies conducted by Dr Oliver Robinson at the University of Greenwich, there are 4 main phases of the QLC. Firstly you feel "locked" to a job or relationship, or both. Secondly, you begin feeling a growing sense that change is possible. Thirdly, you embark on a period of rebuilding your life. Finally, you begin to cement those new commitments. 

Science is all well and good, but personally those 4 stages sound far too clean-cut and objective. So we've come up with our own tell-tale signs. If these apply to you, then you probably are having a QLC:

1. You've moved 7 times in the last 4 year, and have had just as many boyfriends. Permanence is a myth in your life right now, and the thought of committing to anything for longer than 3 months fills you with dread but is also the main thing you pine over. 

2. You're not sure whether to class yourself as an adult or a twenty-something. Or if being a twenty-something means you are, in fact, an adult. Britney's "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman" lyric has never been more applicable.

3. You have a constant internal monologue that weighs up the pros and cons of your life choices. Do you travel and 'find yourself' or start climbing the career ladder? Also, how can you do either of those things when you're broke and under qualified? Sh*t. 

4. You get unfathomably upset when you don't get asked for ID. Gone are the days when you'd be pissed off that the bouncer questioned you (and your fake ID), now you practically beg. 

5. You have a lot of short-lived spurts of inspiration. You'll decide one week that you're going to write a novel, get up at 5am every morning for 7 days and write before work. The next week you spiral and decide that none of it is worth it and you may as well spend your free time sleeping. 

6. You are extremely jealous of everyone who isn't the same age as you. You don't look at babies with fondness anymore, nay, you look at they with distain. Why? Because they don't realise how easy they've got it. Also, you wish, every morning before work, that you were your cat. 

7. You don't know how taxes work, but you do them anyway. You also realise that most of your income goes on food and alcohol. Which, btw, you can no longer metabolise at the same rate nor handle. Hangovers are now a 3 day affair. 

Do these sound familiar? If they do, don't worry you're not alone. A large majority of the Y generation are in the same boat. We're the generation who seemingly have success and fortune at our fingertips (thanks, Mark Zuckerberg) yet have been given zero guidance or instruction about how to obtain it. The old format of success that our parents followed no longer applies, because the most successful people in our generation are YouTube beauty gurus and tech geniuses who create dating apps. Life for millennials who are reaching for success is like a chipmunk trying to become President of the USA. Although, to be fair, if Trump can be in the running a chipmunk sounds like the more sane option. 

Thus far this all looks bleak. But there are positives. Firstly, we're all in it together. Secondly, the definition of 'success' has changed. Our parents saw 'getting on the property ladder' as an important milestone, but for us, that isn't feasible. So rather than feeling like failures because we can't afford a house and don't have a pension, we should realise that it's bloody tough out there and we're doing our best. We're creating new formats to find success through- because the old ones don't work anymore.

Keep going, a Quarter Life Crisis is somewhat inevitable but you'll come out the other side a better person. Why? Because although the QLC isn't a fun experience it does mean that you're seriously reconsidering certain life choices and reevaluating what's important to you. It's good to be selfish occasionally, especially when it comes to what we want from life/relationships/work.

If all else fails, there is always wine. 

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Forget about your twenties and thirties, Jennifer Lopez is living proof that you can stay fit and glamorous throughout your forties, and she has no intention of stopping! 

The singer/actress performed in Vegas Saturday night before heading out to party with Kim K, Calvin Harris, and French Montana (& Iggy Azaelea tagged along).  

J.Lo looked incredible in a revealing mesh-paneled jumpsuit, with neutral pointed pumps, a few select jeweled pieces, smoky eyes, and classic highlighter.

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Chloe Laws
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Is there an age limit to modelling? Simple answer, no there isn't or at least there shouldn't be.

The recent trend of grey hair is one that most people are on board with. Fab, so the industry has already agreed that grey hair is stylish. Now, this may seem a little radical, but why don't brands cast models with naturally grey hair? 

For that matter, wouldn't it make a lot more sense if the women advertising anti-ageing creams were actually the demographic who use that product? Wait, what if models were representative of the customer? Ok, ok, sorry for all the sarcasm. You get where I'm going with that train of thought... 

The fashion world has seen a rise in the diversity of models used in recent years, with an influx of models breaking through the restrictive standards the industry has. Transgender, 'plus size' and mature models are being included more frequently, with individuals like Hari Nef and Ashley Graham starring in high profile campaigns. 

Nevertheless, diversity is a long way off from being the norm, with shows still being dominated by young, thin women. However, this culture of tokenism is showing glimpses of changing. For example, H&M Studio's presentation in March featured mature models such as Pat Cleveland and trans models like Andreja Pejic; diversity is what makes life exciting, and it's a great thing that the fashion industry is finally catching on. 

That being said, high fashion editorials and shows have been far more willing to shatter the norms compared to commercial companies. That's why H&M's new commercial campaign is such a breathe of fresh air. Gillean McLeod, a 60-year-old stylist-turned-model was cast and is proving without a doubt that mature models have a place in the industry. 

Isn't the ideal of ageing fashionably extremely aspirational- why are older models only now gaining traction? Women like Carmen Del'Orefice have taken the fashion world by storm, and rightly so. Previously anti-ageing creams and products alike were only modelled by celebrities, such as Julianne Moore, or by models who were in their twenties and thirties. 

The idea that beauty has a sell-by date beyond 30 is absurd. If the industry are happy to use models that are 14 years old (remember Sofia Mechetner opening Dior in 2015?) then they should also be prepared to use models in their 60s. Mature models are still a rarity, but H&M's new swimwear campaign and shows like that of Yeezy Season 3's inclusion of them is certainly a step in the right direction. 

Wrinkles or grey hair don't equate to someone not being able to model. Just as size 0 is slowly but surely being contested as the ultimate ideal so should the notion that models have to be between 16 and 26. Fashion is about art and aspiration, yes, but unless that aspiration is somewhat obtainable- what's the point? 

The industry's main goal is to sell clothes, but if runways or campaigns aren't representative of most women then they surely won't be able to survive. That's why those who do champion diversity in modelling, not matter how rare, are extremely important- they're ahead of the tide of change that's coming. Other designers should take note and jump on board. 

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