Beatrix Ost Loved Age 50

When we look at Beatrix Ost, I’ll have what she’s having, is the thought that immediately comes into our minds. Though Ost is confused as to how ‘aging gracefully’ has become a thing, she is living proof of it, period. One of our favorite subjects of Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style, Ost stole our hearts this week with stories about her modeling days, a fabulous seamstress and growing up as ‘the clever one’…

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On your ideal food day…

I eat very healthy – I always drink tea in the morning and then I’d have vegetables, fruits and eggs on our farm in Virginia. We’ve had the farm in Virginia since 1981. We have cows there, and we make hay there. We don’t have livestock anymore. But we do have a lot of garden and food culture there. We have chickens, fresh eggs, fish in the pond, and gardens in summer for vegetables. I usually have a large brunch situation between ten and twelve with lots of good stuff from the farm. I usually then don’t eat until early evening and it’s always very healthy. I eat a bit of meat and fish and mostly vegetables and grains. I very rarely drink alcohol – just a taste. I don’t ‘drink drink’ anymore

On your career as an artist and writer…

I started writing about ten years ago. I dove into Buddhist studies and became very influenced by it. I then became very open; I wasn’t only a painter and sculptor but it let the writing in. I could suddenly use words and they were like color to me. I wrote a book about my childhood called My Father’s House and just wrote the follow up called More than Everything. Producers approached me, so we wrote a film script to make it into a movie. It’s about the time after the war [in Germany] when a country is completely destroyed, and what happens when you are young and grow up in this barren landscape. The desires are always the same. The American influence and jazz came in; we had jazz clubs in bombed out basements. It’s very interesting. We wrote a very fabulous script I think, so it’s happening somehow.

I just finished another book about an impossible love between a young man and an older woman (a true story, from my own life). He never was in love in his life and he wants to be taught how to love. It’s hundreds of pages of text messaging, a diary of whenever they see each other, and then a fantasy of an erotic love affair they could have had. She won’t let him be with her unless he loves her. He does love her, but he’s so afraid that he always runs away. It’s very tragic but a very exquisite, interesting story. I was recently in Tulum and I reread it and I was delighted. The book title is Slow Burn and Panther. These are the names they gave each other during that period of nine months – like an impossible birth.

I go fearlessly into every situation. I’m not afraid. I just am totally open to anything. It has to be stimulating and interesting – like the young man I met, who Slow Burn and Panther is based on. I was not interested in him at first, because he was a rocker. He had all these tattoos and stuff. I thought, “Please no dumb kid from the Midwest; I have no use for him.” But then it turned out he was brilliant and bright and spoke languages. He caught up to my German like that! It was so interesting to be with him, but dramatic. We shall see when the book comes out. So it’s based on a true story; it’s me. I’m slow burn.

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On aging gracefully…

This is something I don’t know anything about! I’m not giving it much thought. I just feel incredibly healthy; thank God. I don’t know how I got into this. Being this “iconic style figure”. I don’t know how that all happened. None of it makes any sense. Ari [Seth Cohen] is the one who started the whole thing – the whole trend. I don’t have a feeling of age. I remember when I turned fifty; I felt this was a fantastic age to enter. Everybody is always so hysterical about it, but I always felt like [at fifty] it was just beginning.

I’m very open; I’m so open. And I have a fearless curiosity. I’m just very, very curious. As I said, I wrote a book with underlying text messaging, which is the most modern way to correspond with each other. I find it very fascinating. We just have to be careful not to be overrun by it. But I think it is a fascinating medium. You have to have everything in moderation. A little bit of everything is not bad.

On personal style…

I’ve had my clothes forever. I have a fabulous seamstress, so I often design a lot of my own stuff. Sometimes I’ll feel the necessity for a linen suit or something like that, and then that can be made by someone for me. I know exactly what I should wear and what I shouldn’t. I’m just very clear in that and always was. I think one should discover oneself first and then see what is best for them. See yourself in reality. How is my body? How is my face? What looks good on me? You cannot be dictated. I’m not really a shopper; I’m more of a finder. I sometimes find something and then it’s there for years and becomes part of me.

At home when I grew up, I was not the beautiful one. My sister was the beauty and I was the smart one, because I made my father laugh. He was a pessimist, but I made him laugh. So I became the clever one. “She’s so clever,” he always said. I was discovered when I was fourteen; somebody photographed me on the street and I would then get photographed and get money for it. I would come home and tell my father I got money for being photographed, and he’d say, “There you go! How clever you are! Who photographs someone and pays him? Just you, because you are so smart.”

On beauty from the inside out…

I do a lot of meditation and visual healing. I’ve been healing myself from a broken pelvis bone by visualizing it. I’m good at that. If I’m in despair, I have people to go to. I can go to someone and meditate. I think it’s very important to go within and then retank yourself, and get fuel. You need to do that a lot.

On inspiration…

I think I’m mostly inspired from outside in, and inside out. I’m very inspired by emotional state of mind. I’m very inspired by love; it’s a beautiful thing to feel. I just had a glorious holiday with nine grandchildren and it was wonderful. I don’t need to talk much; I just watch them. I love my dogs; I have these relationships with people who work for me on the farm, and I love them very much. To be in love with something is just magnificent.

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*Beatrix Ost, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Beatrix wears an Alexander McQueen dress.