Model and writer Alex Bruni on how age matters in a positive way, but is not something she dwells on.

Words by Alex Bruni. Photography by Muir Vilder. 

My name is Alex Bruni and I was born in Italy, of Italian/Spanish descent with a French connection thrown in the mix. I have lived in London since the age of 19 – I am close to 60 now. I did my undergrad degree in the UK and a PhD in my late twenties before embarking on an academic career. I took up modeling in my mid to late forties, initially for fun but it then developed into a full fledged career. In 2013 I quit my lecturing job and decided to model more or less full time as well as do other things I enjoyed, such as writing. I basically wanted to be my own boss. I'm also a keen dancer and still go to classes regularly. I've done so ever since my teens. I have very long silver hair, which is my distinctive feature. I am represented by Grey Model Agency in the UK and Women Direct in Milan, Italy. I mainly do fashion and editorial modeling but have also done art modeling. My age is relevant to how I think about myself, I would be a fool if I pretended that age did not matter at all, because it does.

"Whether knowing my age changes the way they think about me is not something I dwell on. Age is just one of those things, like place of birth and nationality, you just have it."

Alex Bruni.

Muir Vilder.

Age is always part of the equation and yes, people do take notice of my age as much as I take notice of theirs. Whether knowing my age changes the way they think about me is not something I dwell on. Age is just one of those things, like place of birth and nationality, you just have it. It’s neither good nor bad. As for people I know and those who have just met me, their view of me surely depends on the context and the relationship.

I like spending time with people who are interesting, intelligent, witty, well read and well educated. They can be younger or older than me but those are the boxes that have to be ticked. I do not think age has anything to do with it. I guess my criteria rule out babies and toddlers, but they have their charms. What makes me happy now is not age specific at all either, it is moment specific. I try as much as possible to live in the present. Life is short, no matter what age you are.

"I like spending time with people that are interesting, intelligent, witty, well read and well educated, they can be younger or older than me but those boxes have to be ticked. I do not think age has anything to do with it. I guess my criteria rule out babies and toddlers, but they have their charms."

Alex Bruni.

From left By Wendy Carrig and Muir Vilder.

We live in very troubled times, socially and politically. The biggest challenges are to do with the way society is run and this affects people of all ages. I tend to worry about lots of things, sometimes quite trivial, I have to admit, but I have always been like this so this is not age specific. I am not aware of age segregation, it has not come to that, has it? Unless one lives as a recluse, interaction with different people of different ages occurs daily, certainly so if you live in an urban environment. In my work as a model I often work on very interesting projects with photographers who are much younger than me and it’s never caused me any problem. Benefits? To be honest, age is not something I think about much, I take it for granted. I see people as individuals rather than obsessing about their age. Age is something I notice, just as I notice someone’s accent or general appearance, then within seconds of meeting them all that becomes quite secondary and the interaction is what matters. 

I write a blog ‘The Real Does Not Efface Itself” and here is a link to my website.

"What makes me happy now is not age specific at all either, it is moment specific."

Alex Bruni

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