IPL Pro Tunde Milstein Is Fabulous At 50+!
Fifty-Five-years-young IPL Bikini Pro (Open & Masters), Fitness Angels Pro (Masters) & Evening Gown Pro (Masters).
IMAGES BY MICHAEL BROOKS
“The most important relationship is your relationship with yourself. Learn to love yourself, and everything else falls into place.”
SEAM: Who are some of your inspirations in life or otherwise?
TUNDE MILSTEIN: One of my guiding lights is author, Louise Hay. She is one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her long, beautiful life was the result of her philosophies and positive outlook on life.
SEAM: What’s the best life advice you’ve ever been given?
TM: The best dance instructor that I ever had always told me, “Just be yourself and never give up. Keep going.” This applies to dance, to training and to life. My Mom still says, “Everything is always working out.”
SEAM: What life advice would you give to the younger generations?
TM: The most important relationship is your relationship with yourself. Learn to love yourself, and everything else falls into place.
SEAM: How do you find work-life balance?
TM: As a competitor, it is very difficult to make it all work. But if I plan well, strictly stick to a schedule, and be consistent, I can find the balance.
SEAM: What does it mean to “age gracefully”?
TM: I think aging gracefully is looking fantastic at your age vs. trying too hard to look younger. When you’re over 50, people say to dress age-appropriate. But I dress body-shape appropriate. Though a super tight Jr. size dress, or clothes that are inartistically over-revealing or don’t look good on mature women, can even make them look older. It’s also about longevity. Being fit, healthy and youthful is a choice to be made. Don’t choose outdated thinking where advancing age must equal advancing poor health. You can maintain an active, healthy lifestyle all the days of your life.
SEAM: You are looking pretty stylish in your photoshoot with Michael Brooks. Do you consider yourself stylish?
TM: Being originally from Europe, I find that European style trends still attract me the most. If being tasteful, elegant, glamorous and fun is stylish, then yes.
SEAM: How has your style changed over time?
TM: My style hasn’t changed much except maybe my dresses have gotten slightly longer, and some of my jewelry choices have changed. I no longer wear big earrings, except on stage. And I now love wearing my strings of pearls.
SEAM: Which trends do you think should come back and which ones should die? TM: Fashion is art and art is self-expression. So really you can make any trend work for you. Take jeans for example. In the past you wore only what was in style…strait, flare, boot, skinny, destroyed, high waist, low waist, etc. Today all those styles and cuts of jeans are sold at the same time. Choosing your own style is the best trend.
SEAM: Do you have a lot of black in your closet?
TM: I do because it’s so easy to make it work. You can dress it up or dress it down and match it with anything.
SEAM: What are some of your favorite colors, when it comes to clothing?
TM: This changes with the season and occasion. And, while I enjoy most colors, I do not have green or brown in my closet.
SEAM: In what sort of clothing do you feel most comfortable?
TM: Jeans, a nice t-shirt, high heels and big jewelry. I’m Eastern European, so high heels are a must for almost any occasion.
“Beauty and sex appeal have no expiration date. I don’t believe in age, I believe in energy. So don’t let your age dictate what you can and cannot do.”
SEAM: In what sort of clothing do you feel most elegant?
TM: Being elegant means different things to different people. I celebrate my age by dressing with elegance. Which to me is an evening gown or dress with lots of sparkle and amazing heels, of course.
SEAM: You are in amazing shape! What is your secret?
TM: Every muscle, every line and every curve are something that I worked very hard for. I put in the training, day after day. Even when it’s hard, even when I’m tired and even when it’s painful. I don’t only mean physically. More than half of that work is mentally being disciplined. And above all, consistent over the long run. If your mind is in the right place, so is your body.
SEAM: What is next for you?
TM: I’m looking forward to continuing competing in all the categories that I hold IPL Pro Cards. Open and Masters Bikini, Fitness Angels and Evening Gown. Each year that I can set foot on the stage is a blessing.
SEAM: Any final thoughts?
TM: I’ve made it my mission to inspire women at any age to never give up and strive to be their best. And I hope to be a role model that represents this. Beauty and sex appeal have no expiration date. I don’t believe in age, I believe in energy. So don’t let your age dictate what you can and cannot do. SEAM