Woman's Hour

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Hibo Wadere on how FGM has affected her life, BBC Countryfile hero Joan Bomford, Make-up for older women

April 12th, 2016

Episode 550 of 720 episodes

Hibo Wadere has just published her memoir Cut: One woman's fight against FGM in Britain today. In it, she describes the way that FGM has affected every aspect of her life. Artist Melanie Manchot filmed her daughter for one minute every month between the ages of 11 and 18. So what did these filmed portraits show her as her daughter changed from a child to a woman? And, in the age of the selfie and cameras in our pockets all the time are we seeing less as we capture more? Joan Bomford has had a lifelong love-affair with farming. Joan began farming in the 1930's, running away from school to work on the family farm whenever she could, and devoting her life to the land. Her dedication was recognised when she was named BBC Countryfile Farming Hero in 2015. She describes an idyllic life spent immersed in farm work and horse riding, and tells us what it was like to live through an era of enormous change. Cameron Diaz recently said that ageing was one of the last taboos before posting a selfie of herself without make-up and wearing her (albeit tiny) wrinkles with pride. So, how does our relationship with make-up and our appearance change as we get older? Jane speaks to Tricia Cusden, the founder of Look Fabulous Forever, and journalist Helen Walmsley-Johnson, author of The Invisible Woman column, about the pressure to stay looking young and why they both prefer to age well.