Actress, activist, fitness fanatic and fashion icon would all be viable descriptions of 77-year-old Jane Fonda, who has been thrust back into the spotlight following the release of Netflix’s new series Grace and Frankie. And now she’s on the cover of W Magazine…sans photoshop.
The first season of Grace and Frankie starring Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, aired on Netflix May 8th – if you binge-watched all 13 episodes in 48 hours or less, you are not alone. The series follows long-time rivals Grace and Frankie, who are brought together after their husbands, who have been having an affair for 20 years, announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.
The series is the first of its kind. It is universally known that once women reach a certain age in Hollywood, the roles cease and the mass media doesn’t want to know. Lily, 75 and Jane, 77 play intelligent, witty and sexy older women – not words you would usually string together to form a sentence about women who are ‘passed it’, for want of a better phrase. The show is an exploration of love, friendship and the realisation that us women get better as we get older. Apart from The Golden Girls, this is arguably the only series that showcases that. It even deals with issues that, according to June Diane Raphael’s character Briana, ‘83% of postmenopausal women’, deal with such as vaginal dryness. But Frankie has a solution; personal lube made from yams. You’re welcome.
Amongst all the celebration, Jane and Lily have spoken publicly about the unfair pay they received for their participation in the series. The pair were executive producers as well as main characters, yet Martin and Sam received the same amount. Tomlin remarked, “The show is not Sol and Robert, it’s Grace and Frankie.” If there are two women you don’t mess with when it comes to inequality in the workplace it’s Lily and Jane, who are both advocates for women’s rights. Come on Netflix, give the ladies the dollar they deserve.
Jane’s W Magazine cover, shot by Steven Meisel was released today. She is the oldest woman that they’ve featured on their front cover. W’s editor, Edward Enninful Instagramed the shot with #nophotoshop. Granted she’s had a few tweaks here and there but we’ve got to hand it to the woman. She’s 77 and still looks incredible without any retouching. Plus, she was a beauty before all of the trips to the plastic surgeon’s office, so they didn’t have much to improve on.
In an interview with the magazine Jane said, “I think it’s a hoot that, at my age, people are calling me a fashion icon.” Many will agree that age is redundant when it comes to having amazing style. She also stated the reason why she wanted to up her game, “I had a vision: I wanted to give a cultural face to older women.” Cue the clapping of women everywhere.
Please let there be more seasons of Grace and Frankie. The world needs to see more of Lily Tomlin in a Ramones t-shirt with chiffon sleeves, drinking peyote and coming out with ‘abso-fucking-lutely’ great one-liners.