The internet feels refreshingly accepting of—or at least interested in—aging, lately. As more and more ad campaigns and blogs feature talented fashion stars alongside fresh faced models (see the popularity of Advanced Style, Jeurgen Teller's ads for Marc Jacobs, and the now-dated but still-tumbled Tom Ford Forever Love campaign), and as runway shows continue to utilize over-25 supermodels (see Kate at Louis Vuitton, Naomi at Zac Posen...) still walking as fiercely as the days they were discovered, the world may slowly become a sexier place for the middle-aged.
Justin Timberlake's hiatus from music felt all-too long, but has he aged much during it? Perhaps he's aware of a new responsibility he has as an artist sans boy-band-level screaming fans. Hosting Saturday Night Live for the fifth time (an honor shared with comedians for the most part past middle-age) and rumored to be in the running for the part of Daddy Warbucks in Annie, he's publicly taken on the task of growing up—which is more than we can say for many child-stars of his ilk.
His newest video, "Mirrors," directed by Floria Sigismondi follows an insecure young couple to their old age (played by Timberlake's real grandparents!), much like David Bowie's newest video, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" traces an aging couples' insecurities about forgotten youth. All is not lost, though, in the end: Timberlake, not at all too old to dance, glides around a house of mirrors, somewhere between depictions of worried youth and sentimental old age. And he's still got it.