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Yet Another Reason Why it’s Great to be Over 30

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“Life gets better after thirty. Then it gets fantastically beautiful. Guilt gets lost in time. I always thought it was my American mother who transmitted guilt to me; one reason I adored my husband’s family is that they have this great feeling that life is there to be enjoyed, not just as an axis of duty and of expiation. But, after thirty, the guilt begins to go.” —Marella Agnelli

Marella Agnelli is an Italian-American socialite who wrote this in Vogue magazine in 1977, at the age of 49. I have to agree with her that life does get better after 30, and for me it just seems to get better and better every year. I’d love to hear what she has to say about life today, at the age of 82!

I love the fact that she blamed the guilt she felt during her early years on her American mother and embraced her Italian side of the family for its joy of living.

I’ve always said guilt is a wasted emotion, so let’s lose the guilt and get on with our beautiful lives!

Marella is a style icon (she made the International Best Dressed List and is in their Hall of Fame) and was married to Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli until his death. She also had a career that included editing and photo contribution to Vogue magazine, assisting photographer Erwin Blumenthal in New York, developing a line of textiles, and she has published several books on gardening.

Here’s a few classic black and white photos of Marella if you are curious about this fashion icon.

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