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Greenwich Resident Janis Jones Named A Harper’s BAZAAR “Fabulous At Every Age” Reader-Search Winner
60 Year-Old Selected Out of 5,000 Applicants
NEW YORK, N.Y., October 18, 2016 — The November 2016 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR features real women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s that prove style is ageless. Janis Jones of Greenwich, Connecticut, is Harper’s BAZAAR’s choice for a reader that is “Fabulous at every age” and won for women in their 60’s. Janis, at age 60, is a Wall Street veteran, cancer survivor, mother and fiction writer. She entered the reader challenge this spring via her Instagram account @originaltrophywife for the #FabAtEveryAgeContest with her inspiring post and photo that read:
Why Am I Fabulous? Because I've learned that serious challenges and setbacks don't have to destroy beauty. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage III Triple-negative breast cancer. I was given only 50/50 odds of survival. Surgery altered my form. Radiation depleted my energy. Intense chemotherapy took my hair, my eyebrows and my eyelashes, twice. I learned through this difficult process, one so many women have to go through, that a woman can emerge more beautiful than ever because she has learned how to flex her strength. By being strong, a woman can inspire all those around her to be their most fabulous selves. Through our efforts together and the great work of my team of doctors and therapists at The Evelyn Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I've come to know that even when life seems unbearably tough, your soul and body can still be amazing. This year I turned 60...and to me that's simply fabulous!#fabateveryagecontest #fabateveryage #hapersbazaar #bcrf @esteelauder #fabateveryage @saks at fabateveryage.com #originaltrophywife @harpersBAZAARus
Sum up your stye in three words: Dose of Glamour
Go-to Designers: Michael Kors, The Row, Akris Punto
Style Icon: Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. Love the way they layer and always add a vintage find!
Beauty Icon: Adrienne Vittadini. She epitomizes women of age who know how to look stunning.
How your age affects your look: Since entering my 60’s, I have come to rely on accessories to keep my look updated and impactful. Minimalist dressing was fine when I was younger, but now I try to create a focal point to my dressing. I always add a dash of shine before I leave the house. I think accessories are a beacon for women in their 60’s. Jewelry, scarves and handbags all add interest to my look. I love to stack chunky bracelets a la Celine or Armani. I also find that I need a touch of light around my face. Pearl or crystal earrings are the elements I use to highlight my cheekbones and my smile. I really depend on a good hair trim regularly and color, every eight weeks. It’s so important for women at my stage to be vigilant about staying well-groomed. I drink more water than I used to. Water helps make my skin stay fresh-looking. Since entering my 60’s, I’ve ramped up my skin care routine by adding a serum, an eye cream and by using a tinted moisturizer with SPF, daily. I’ve also found that I need to exfoliate in order to bring up that once natural radiance in my skin. I’ve started to get regular facials, something I never did. Finally, aging and having had a serious medical condition has actually helped me compare myself to others less. I’ve learned to appreciate and revel in my own uniqueness. By feeling confident in my style, I’m now able to reach out without distraction and embrace the people around me. Aging has it’s challenges for certain, but isn’t all that bad!
“We received so many inspiring entries from women of all ages,” said Alexandra Parnass, Beauty director of Harper’s BAZAAR. “We are happy to spotlight our finalists and celebrate their great style and beauty, both inside and out.”
“Distinctive style transcends age,” stated Tracy Margolies, chief merchant, Saks Fifth Avenue. “Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to support an initiative which celebrates women who defy the sartorial norms of fashion and age, without compromise. Style is timeless and we couldn’t be happier to honor the Fabulous at Every Age reader search’s beautiful winners.”
Janis Jones splits her time between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Palm Beach, Florida. She uses the Instagram moniker @originaltrophywife as that is the title of her novel in progress, inspired by her fascinating life spent on the Formula One Grand Prix racing circuit during the late 1970’s.
She is a Wall Street veteran, mother, fiction writer and a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with stage-three triple negative breast cancer, her odds were 50-50 that she would survive. She did survive and is thriving making every moment of her life count.
“I am going to continue to inspire other women. I am going to start a blog and a website because I do love fashion and I do really feel that the problem sometimes when women get a cancer diagnosis is that they feel that their beauty is over, but to me, I believe your beauty just starts and I really want to convey that message that the inner beauty and the other beauty can be, in fact, much better than you ever experienced before,” said Jones.
Harper’s BAZAAR contest winner Janis Jones says she’s “learned that serious challenges and setbacks don’t have to destroy beauty … I’ve come to know that even when life seems unbearably tough, your soul and body can still be amazing.”
By Aleese Kopf
Daily News Staff Writer
Part-time Palm Beacher Janis Jones not only is fabulous for her classic beauty and impeccable style, but also because of her passion for life and inspiration to others.
Jones, 60, recently won the annual Harper’s Bazaar Fabulous at Every Age contest and is featured in the magazine’s November issue. Magazine editors search globally for “real women” in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s who prove “style is ageless.”
As part of the contest, Jones was asked to write about why she is fabulous.
Her response: “Because I’ve learned that serious challenges and setbacks don’t have to destroy beauty. … I’ve come to know that even when life seems unbearably tough, your soul and body can still be amazing.”
Jones was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer five years ago and given 50-50 odds of survival. She said going through radiation, chemotherapy and recovery helped her realize that style and beauty are ageless, but they have to evolve.
“I lost my hair, eyelashes and eyebrows,” she said. “By losing my hair, I really saw for the first time my bone structure. When you don’t have hair, you also then examine your body. You start to re-imagine you look, which is a very good thing.”
Jones said she looked at the cancer experience as a fresh beginning, a chance to reinvent her look.
“Things grow back and you realize that you don’t have to hang on to that look that you had when you perceived you were most attractive,” she said. “Because what worked for you, your body, your look, your coloring in your 30s or 40s is not necessarily going to work 10 years and 20 years and 30 years later.”
Darcy Jones, a 30-year-old fashion beauty travel blogger from Palm Beach, said her mom is fabulous “in every sense of the word.” She said style is not just about how you put together an outfit or master a look.
“Style is the whole package. It’s how you tell people who you are, how you are feeling, and in turn it tells them what you think about yourself,” she said.
Darcy Jones said her mom has always had a command on her style, both physically and mentally.
“She is very distinct in her warmth and confidence — and she is bold,” Darcy Jones said. “She is obviously a classically stunning woman — incredible features and just a true beauty — but that striking, turn-your-head beauty is backed up with a strength and fearlessness that only a life filled with achievement, setbacks and experience can give someone.”
Life of experience
Janis Jones said she always wanted to work in magazines, and in her early 20s was offered a job at Glamour, but the $6,000 a year wasn’t enough.
“They said if you’re interested in money, you should go to Wall Street,” Jones recalled. “They have quotas to fill, and they need women. So, I literally got into the cab, took it down to E.F. Hutton, walked in, and they said you’re hired.”
Jones later moved to Lehman Brothers and remained in finance for nearly 30 years. She retired in 2006.
For a few years in between her transition from Hutton to Lehman in the late 1970s, Jones said she took a hiatus to join her former husband, a race-car driver, on the Formula One Grand Prix circuits in Europe. Her behind-the-scenes experiences in the world of racing had a major influence on her style.
“Because the races were in many different countries — Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, England — I was exposed to different takes on fashion,” said Jones, who remembers frequently wearing a bomber jacket over white jeans with aviator sunglasses.
In the 1980s, fashion became less Bohemian and more “buttoned up,” Jones said. “On Wall Street, I wore the shirt with a floppy bow tie at the neck with a suit jacket and shoulder pads. That kind of suited, business look.”
Now, Jones said she takes a minimalist approach to dressing, wearing designers such as Eileen Fisher, but incorporates “a dose of glamour.”
“A little sparkle of an earring, bracelets that are stacked, a nice necklace … really give life to a pair of jeans and a nice chunky sweater,” she said. “You have to dress it up a little bit. My style is casual but polished.”
Jones and the four other women selected to appear in Harper’s Bazaar attended an awards celebration in New York City sponsored by Estee Lauder in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue and Theory. Each winner also received $5,000.
“Distinctive style transcends age,” Tracy Margolies, chief merchant for Saks Fifth Avenue, said in a news release. “Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to support an initiative which celebrates women who defy the sartorial norms of fashion and age, without compromise.”