“Beauty is Not Affected by Age, it is Timeless”: Divya Thakur, 52

The Word. Magazine presents ‘The Ageless Series’—a pioneering photo-essay that celebrates ageing and the joys that come with it.

Founder of Design Temple, Divya Thakur, age 52 for The Word. Magazine’s ‘The Ageless Series’

The Word.: How old are you and how old do you feel?

Divya Thakur: “I am 52 and I feel 52.”

TW: What is the best thing about growing older?

DT: “The best thing about getting older is knowing yourself better with each year. To me, that’s really important.” 

TW: What makes you feel incredibly sexy?

DT: “Anything that excites me! It could be a look, or something unsaid…just a hint of something flirtatious. Anything that is not overt is sexier to me than what is.”

TW: What do people get wrong about women over 50? 

DT: “I think there are too many preconceived notions about what 50 is. And I don’t think anybody knows the answer to that question, because there isn’t a right answer to it. You are what you feel.”

Divya Thakur is wearing all jewellery by Shri Hari Ram Jewellers, and an outfit by Bodements.

TW: What does the word timeless mean to you? 

DT: “Timeless, to me, is a classic, something that’s elegant…grace, gratitude, beauty. And beauty, to me, is not on the surface but something deep. Beauty is also timeless, it’s not affected by age, in my opinion. 

TW: What would we find inside your jewellery box?

DT: “I own a lot of my nani’s jewellery. Truth be told, I love jewellery, and my jewellery box has a lot of old things and pieces that I scour from every market that I go to, mostly antiques. That is what I love.”

TW: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?

DT: “If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self to be careful with how you spend your time and who you invest your time in. It could be a who, it could be a what, or even a project that I gave my time to over something else. Time is really, really precious. And I appreciate that a lot more now.” 

Divya proclaims that the best part about getting older is that you get to know yourself better.

TW: What do you love most about your life?

DT: “I love everything about my life. I am leading the life that I have always dreamt of. It’s almost perfect!” 

TW: Would you say you love yourself more now than you did a decade or two ago? 

DT: “I’m not sure. I’m good at self-love…I’ve been lucky enough to be born to parents who have celebrated me since the day I was born. And they continue to.

My parents, friends, and family, all make me feel quite loved. And I, myself, feel quite loved by myself. So I don’t think age has changed that love, so to speak, between my external and internal self.”

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