Canadian model and actress Dayle Haddon has almost never been a stranger to celebrity. Named Miss Montreal at the age of 18, Haddon went on to become a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and was twice named as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “Ten Most Beautiful Women.”
With these covetable accolades so early in her career, it would have been easy to dismiss her future as quite rosy and petaled, but it wasn’t always a red carpet. In those days, a model’s career was done in her 30s, so when Haddon needed to get back to work at the age of 38, she was told she was “over the hill.” But it takes pioneers to bend rules, and Haddon wasn’t going to take all this “it’s over” business lying down.
“Well, I’m a big believer that ‘no’ means ‘maybe,'” she said in an interview with Beauty in the Bag. “I’m also a person who is logical…and it wasn’t logical to me that my life was over in 38. I thought they were wrong, I wasn’t hurt, I didn’t even know who I was until then.” Rather than laugh at the naysayers or be discouraged, Haddon persisted because she believed in herself. That Jerry Maguire-like stubbornness led her to signing contracts with Estée Lauder and L’Oréal for anti-aging products and haircare, real trailblazing moves.
When asked what her opinion was on anti-aging, Haddon said that every age is better when you “let go and embrace it.” She wouldn’t really go back to her 20s, she said. This kind of positive thinking and optimism paved the way for future opportunities, like the current campaign Haddon is doing to raise awareness about bone health.
For the Beauty is Bone Deep campaign, Haddon wants women to look under the hood, and her vision goes beyond osteoporosis. The campaign is the result of a partnership with Bayer, the pharmaceutical company, and manufacturer of Citracal. Haddon feels that many women don’t take enough calcium supplements nor look at their inner health often enough.
To help women age gracefully, Haddon offered these tips:
1. Eat well, exercise often, and think young. “How I think influences my ability to stay younger more than anything that I do,” she says.
2. Have a gratitude list: Haddon writes down five to 10 things she’s thankful for, every single day.
3. Challenges are there to make your life grow, she says; so try to keep life in balance.
4. Stay out of the sun! Haddon wears sunscreen religiously (La Roche Posay’Anthelios) and stays out of the sun. It is the premier cause of anti-aging.
Haddon is passionate about the right stuff: she created a non-profit organization called WomenOne.org to provide education for girls. The Beauty is Bone Deep campaign is also a contest, with the grand prize being a trip to New York City and a meet and greet with Dayle, a copy of her book along with other prizes. For more information, visit BeautyisBoneDeep.com.
Her commitment to the bigger picture and aging gracefully makes her a role model to many.