What’s the secret for looking – and feeling fabulous – at any age? Good old-fashioned hard work, says Suzi Gerichs. “You persevere, you work hard enough, you reap the benefits.”
The 53-year-old Louisvillian ought to know.
Earlier this autumn, Gerichs won Spiegel’s Reality Dressing Contest after being selected as a finalist in her age group and chosen as the overall winner via Facebook by thousands of voters from around the world. Gerichs – along with four other women, ranging from their 20s to their 60s – recently returned from an all-expenses paid trip to New York City that included dinner at the exclusive Il Bastardo and an all-day photo shoot for Spiegel’s spring catalog with Lindsey Volkman, Fantastic Sams’ hairstylist of the year;, makeup artist Donna Fumoso; producer Merlo Faundez; publicist Nandita Gosh; and photographer David Jackle, who’s shot everyone from Heidi Klum to Selma Blair to Eva Mendes to Keanu Reeves.
“You feel like a little girl who’s living that dream of the ultimate day of dress up,” said Gerichs, beaming. “You know, you work hard at keeping yourself fit and trim and then someone notices it. I just felt so special.”
Gerichs tries to impart that feeling to the women she encounters at Rodeo Drive, where she works part-time, particularly because she knows what it’s like to look in the mirror and loathe the image reflecting back.
“I’ve been big. I’ve been small. I’ve had issues with anorexia without even knowing it was anorexia,” she said. “I’m – finally – happy at this point at 53. My brother said, “˜You’re living the dream,’ and I was like, yes, yes I am.”
My husband, Jerry, 53, and I were married May 29 at the top of the American Life building on Main Street. He’s the one who egged me on and got me to enter Spiegel’s Reality Dressing Contest. He’s two months younger than I am and he reminds me (laughs).
I don’t get on a scale anymore. It messes with my mind.
My main thing was running forever, but Jerry bought me an elliptical, and we have an indoor gym. So it’s mostly that and I bike some, too.
It’s fun working at Rodeo Drive – I just like people so much. I’m learning so much from (owner/president) Raquel Koff and (her daughter, advertising/marketing director) Michelle Cohen Tasman.
When it comes to beauty, you need to wear what feels right now you.
I still love Maybelline Great Lash.
A lot of people say, “Oh, I’d never do that” when it comes to plastic surgery. Not me. I’ve worked so hard to be fit, when these little signs of age creep up, I don’t mind having a little help along the way.
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.