# 70 (2013) Under Age
Huong Hoang (stage name Junie Hoang) recently tried to sue Amazon.com after it posted her real age on its Internet Movie Database. This despite Ms Hoang providing the site with a year that knocked seven years off her date of birth.
Whilst the database has been accused in the past of “facilitating age discrimination” the case was thrown out of court. The site’s attorneys said IMDb was not responsible for the actions taken by people who read their profiles.
Whilst researching this article I discovered that ‘looking younger’ syndrome is not uncommon. Apparently we live longer too. It’s something to do with key pieces of DNA called telomeres, which indicate the ability of cells to replicate. Maybe I’m actually superhuman? I don’t seem to be exhibiting many of the aging signs of people in my group and I know for a fact that in my family history people have lived to some very admirable ages. I’ve always taken forgranted how I look. But perhaps I should be nurturing it and taking better care of myself?
Thankfully I’ve never lied on a job application, but I do let people assume I am younger than I really am. Whilst I’ve never suffered because of my age in the work place (many people are often quite envious when they discover the truth), I find it trickier in social situations because my age can be an initial barrier if it’s pointed out early on. This is primarily because I often mix with people younger than me. If they are going to find out I’d prefer it to be after they have got to know me. I don’t consider myself typical of my age and I don’t like people making assumptions because of the year I was born.
I may never grow up and if I continue to age at my current rate I may only get more defensive as I get older. Maybe I am making a fuss about nothing. After all, I’m in good company.
|Salma Hayek. 46 – I kid you not (source)|