The image that many outsiders still have of Goths is of a sullen teenager in black lipstick and lace. (Or a corseted clubgoer in their twenties.) You would not believe how many times I have tried - and failed - to convince assorted friends and aquaintances that no, this is not something I will be giving up when I turn twenty-five, and no, you are not too old to dabble in dark fashion.
I met a lady aged forty who was selling off all her Goth attire at a jumble sale because she felt she was now too old for it. I might be mistaken, but since most of her shirts were of rock and metal bands I felt she was possibly an admirer of the Goth aesthetic but had never really gotten involved with what I tend to refer to as 'the Goth scene proper', or she surely would have discovered that, at twenty, I am one of the youngest club-going Goths in a thirty-mile radius. Most Goths that I have had the pleasure to meet offline have been in their thirties and forties.
However, you might not know it from looking at them. Maybe it's the make-up, the association of 'Goth' with 'youthfulness' or the tendency of most Goths to avoid direct sunlight whenever possible, but I have noticed that a lot of Goths seem to stop ageing in their mid-twenties.
So, to celebrate a future in which none of us have to give up our hair dye, eyeliner, and opulent attire, I thought I'd see if my readers can guess (without the use of Google, you cheating pirate) the ages of these gorgeous and well-known Goths. There are no prizes; this is just for fun (and to prove a point). Answers are at the bottom of the post - please post a comment with the age you would guess for each person pictured BEFORE you check the answers. ;-)
1. Adora BatBrat - model, fashion designer and singer
|Source: Adora Batbrat's blog|
(c) Adora Batbrat
2. Siouxsie Sioux - infamous punk and Goth singer and style icon
|Source: RockLove Jewellery|
The marvellous Ms. Venters is pictured wearing the Batty necklace, all proceeds from which go towards Gothic Charm School book tours - a worthy cause!