It’s not just vampires who can stay eternally fresh faced and lithe of limb; UK pensioner Jane Pesch believes there’s nothing stopping women with free bus passes and dentures from strutting into the nearest bar on a pair of skyscraper heels and turning heads instead of stomachs.
Dressed in fishnet stockings, miniskirt, tight leather jacket and the sort of heels that defy gravity, the 73-year-old blonde bombshell is certainly no plain Jane.
In fact, the aging Marilyn Monroe fan, is still rocking a look that a lot of women half her age would be a tad embarrassed or lacking in confidence to pull off.
Is this plucky vixen with over seven decades of experience under her rather revealing skirt bravely redefining the perimeters of how women of a certain age can dress and act, or is she just growing old disgracefully?
When asked, the widowed mum of three told The Mirror:
“I suppose I should be wearing a comfortable cardigan and some flat, sensible shoes. But where would be the fun in that?
“I have friends my age who dress more conservatively than I do. They say, ‘I wish I could wear the clothes you wear, Jane.’ But who’s stopping them? There’s no law saying the over-70s have to wear tweed!
“Thirty years ago, my three teenage boys’ friends used to wolf whistle me when I picked them up from school. I was flattered that I still ‘had it.’
“So now I’m in my eighth decade, I don’t see why I should fade into the background. I still feel the same as I did back then, so I make every effort to look as young, and as good, as I feel.”
Helen Mirren may be her role model, but Jane does not have the sort of access to stylists and personal trainers that the 69-year-old thespian does when it come to helping her look immaculate. The bottle blonde admits it’s getting harder and harder to maintain her youthful figure.
“At our age, you can’t just roll out of bed and be ready to go. It takes a lot of hard work to look this good. I still exercise for 30 minutes a day, I still only weigh 8st 7lb but I work hard for a body to die for, and I want to show it off.
“Back in my youth, it was Jane Fonda workout videos that kept me in shape. These days I have a cycling machine in my sitting room which I use every day in front of the TV. I’ve always tried to look after myself because the way I see it; you’ve only got one body, you might as well take care of it.
“As a 30-something, I ate healthily and exercised. It was an investment in my future. I am still fit and healthy now, while I have friends complaining about their aches and pains.”
Jane, who freely admits she’s been under the surgeon’s blade for all manner of treatments, confessed that unlike friends her age who just complained about aging, she decided to do something about it.
“I flew to Poland and had a face-lift with a company called Secret Surgery. I was so bruised I looked like I’d been in the boxing ring, and it was painful but the results were wonderful and it knocked 10 years off me. After that, I realized there was nothing wrong with a little nip and tuck to help fight off the signs of aging.”
A regular Botox user, Jane treated herself to a neck lift in 2012 because: “It tightened up the skin on my neck and meant I could wear the kind of clothes I like to wear, without worrying about wrinkly skin ruining the outfit.”
The glamor puss added:
“I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve had work done – it’s money well spent. When you get to a certain age, it is harder to dazzle, but I don’t mind having a helping hand as things start to droop or sag. I may well have more surgery. I want my mind and body to match.”
Jane lost her husband Walter three years ago to lung disease, and although she considers him irreplaceable, Janes admits:
“I miss Walter every day, but I try to make sure I still enjoy life, so I keep busy. I may be a retired widow now, but I don’t sit at home all day, waiting for one of my sons to call. My days are filled meeting friends for lunch and shopping trips, gardening, going to concerts, the races – or going on a date.
“I’m not interested in a long-term relationship because no one can replace Walter, but I like to have fun. I’m on Match.com and a few other dating websites. I never used to lie about my age, I’m not ashamed to be 73, I am proud.
“But the problem with being 73 is I seemed to only get contacted by men in their 70s. And they all look so old. ‘You can’t be 73,’ they’d say to me. ‘You must have got your age wrong!’ So I knocked 10 years off my age on my profile and had more contact with younger men. I like men in their 50s but I’ve been out with a man in his early 40s. We were well matched and had a lot of fun together. But things didn’t get serious as I didn’t want them to.”
And to all the haters who think Jane should ditch the killer heels, tight, figure hugging dresses and fishnets in favor of comfortable trousers with elasticized waists and a cardigan covered in gravy stains, Jane has this to say:
“When I was young, you were old at 40. These days 40-year-olds are just getting going. I believe age is just a number and being old is a frame of mind.
“This is me. I don’t criticize anyone else for how they choose to dress so I don’t think anyone should criticize me.”