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Forty-plus and fab

Whether they’ve achieved fame for their beauty, business nouse or creativity – these are the women we all want to be

Lorraine Kelly, 49
Undisputed Queen of breakfast telly, Lorraine is more popular than ever as she prepares to turn 50 this year. Besides her hugely successful journalistic and TV presenting career, Lorraine is also a devoted wife and mother, a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research, and has run marathons!

Sarah Brown, 45
Sarah set up her PR firm at just 30 years old, which went on to secure several high profile contracts. She married (then future) PM Gordon Brown in 2000. Their first child, Jennifer Jane, was born prematurely a year later and died at only 10 days old. They now have two sons, John and James Fraser, who has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Despite, or maybe because of the tragedy of Jennifer’s death and pressure of Fraser’s condition, Sarah has poured her energy into charitable work. Among other things, founding the children’s charity, Piggy Bank Kids, and becoming
a patron of domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

Helen Mirren, 63
Famously papped on the Italian Riviera last year, Dame Helen wowed the world by looking toned and fabulous in a red bikini just days shy of her 63rd birthday. A role model for women of all ages, the Oscar nominated star proves it’s perfectly possible to age stylishly, without resorting to the surgeon’s knife. What’s more, Helen’s used her star-status
to stand up against the pressure on women to stay unhealthily skinny.

Michelle Obama, 45
A Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate, America’s new first lady met her husband Barack while working with him at a law firm in Chicago. She went on to hold a series of high-powered jobs but cut back her hours to spend more time with daughters Sasha and Mahlia,
and to help with the presidential campaign. With her rise to prominence, Michelle has become something of a style icon, too.

JK Rowling, 43
Ms Rowling’s come a long way from the Edinburgh coffee shop where she penned the first Harry Potter book.The newly single mum with a young baby gave up a career in teaching to focus on writing her first novel – living on welfare, writing in caf

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