Older Women Wear Lingerie, age 72

Aging brings wisdom and experience — and body image insecurity. Most of us, even if we glory in our sexuality, have misgivings about our ever-expanding wrinkles and sags. Sometimes it takes another pair of eyes — whether a lover or a photographer — to show us that our outer beauty matches our inner beauty.

At age 65, then again at age 68, I stripped to lingerie for photo shoots. I learned a lot about myself from these experiences and from viewing and sharing the results. People applauded, praised me for my courage, high-fived me for encouraging others to have their own lingerie shoots.

My  blog posts about these events quickly drew more viewers than any of my other posts, and they continue to place in the top four all time most popular posts. Many women shared their own experiences and photos, some privately. some publicly. I was happy that my experience had helped to empower others.

I didn’t know I would do it again. But in September 2016, I slipped (wrestled?) my 72-year-old body into lovely lingerie provided by Lovehoney.com and smiled at the renowned Los Angeles photographer, Perry Gallagher, who specializes in Boudoir, Fine Art Nude, Fashion, and Wedding photography.

How did this happen? Krista from Lovehoney knew Perry’s work and mine. When she learned that I would be in LA for speaking events in September, she offered both the lingerie and the photo shoot.

Krista explained her involvement in the project this way:

Joan is a lovely timeless spirit and I was overjoyed to work with her on a photo shoot and check out some of Lovehoney’s newest lingerie styles. I connected her with one of my favorite photographers, Perry Gallagher, to complete the vision.


Joan is not only adorable, she is also breaking down stereotypes that women of a certain age are not considered sexy or sexual. I want people to see that lingerie isn’t just for the young and pert. Lingerie, and sex toys, can enhance your sex life and increase your self-confidence no matter your age, size, shape, or ability.

What was it like to work with Perry? A ton of fun. Perry is a true professional. He knew how to put me at ease with his humor and his appreciation of the female body whatever its shape, size, or age. He give me instructions — where to turn, where to look, how to arrange various body parts — including tucking myself back into my bra when breast spillage occurred. The whole time, he clicked away.

I felt completely comfortable with Perry — except when I worried about him climbing on a ladder to shoot me from above. (I have a fear of heights — he does not.) It was exciting to be at the center of his rapt attention, I admit that. Much of that excitement was the feeling, “I’m doing this. My 72-year-old body is fine with being photographed in skimpy bits of cloth.” It was a truly empowering experience that I’ll take with me anytime I fret about a new wrinkle or thigh puff.

Thank you, LoveHoney.com, for sending me the luscious undies and sponsoring this photo shoot. These are the products I’m modeling. Follow the links if you’d like to wear these yourself!

  • Lovehoney Spoil Me Satin Babydoll Set Plum
  • Lovehoney Flaunt Me Floral Lace Robe
  • Lovehoney Flirty Underwired Plunge Bra Black
  • Lovehoney Tempt Me Dot Mesh Bra
  • Lovehoney Flirty Black Lace and Mesh Panties

[8/3/21 update: Some of the items I wore in 2016 are no longer available. See LoveHoney’s latest lovely lingerie instead.]

Thank you, Perry Gallagher, for these amazing photos and for making the whole experience fun and full of laughter. View Perry’s video here:


I would encourage other women of all ages to explore the opportunity to have just this type of experience for yourself: to be photographed and to see the inner beauty that is you, right now, no matter what age you are. Now is a good time.

— Perry Gallagher

Discover the best-selling sexy lingerie at Lovehoney.com!


  1. David Holzman on February 9, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Wow! You're sexy and lovely, Joan! (I'm the guy who wrote "Single Guy, Female Condom")

  2. Rae Padilla Francoeur on October 17, 2016 at 11:08 am

    These are luscious photos! You've always had an energy and a beauty that attracts and engages me and all those around you. Whenever I'm with you I see it in action. I love how you use all your resources to teach us new things.

  3. Penny on October 17, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Gorgeous images Joan!

    • Michael on June 1, 2024 at 1:08 am

      Alter ist nur eine Zahl mehr nicht

  4. Zanelle on October 17, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I love this collection of photos. I do self timer portraits of myself whenever I get in the mood. So fun and easy to edit out the bad ones and celebrate the fun ones. So glad to follow you as i turn 70 this year. You help so much.

  5. Odd Duck on October 17, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Joan you truly appitimize the idea that great people only get better with age <3

    • Timothy Greatrick on May 8, 2024 at 5:49 am

      wow joan your really stunning I would love to get into portraits as I love photography

  6. Scott on October 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    looking good for any age

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