Meet Denver’s ‘Model Crone’ Who Fights Ageism One Pose At A Time

The selfies feed the tens of thousands of followers with her Instagram and Blog. Boyd, 78 years old and retired psychiatric nurse, calls herself the Style Crone.

“In certain cultures [crone] was seen as a very positive term, ”she said. “A woman who was older, who contributed to the community and was adored and respected. But now the definition in the dictionary is ‘ugly old woman’. “

Hart Van Denburg / CPR NewsJudith Boyd from Denver, known on Instagram as @StyleCrone, in her 1960s-style technicolor gown. Monday, September 20, 2021.

Boyd uses the word “crone” to fight age discrimination – when she was thinking about names for her blog over a decade ago, she thought of “Style Hag” but turned it down.

At first the blog was about cancer prevention and couture. Boyd has always loved fashion and especially hats (she once ran a hat shop and now has a whole room for the accessory). But fashion took on a deeper meaning when her late husband Nelson was diagnosed with cancer of an unknown primary cause, a rare and relentless type of cancer.

The couple went to chemotherapy appointments together; She would dress in every detail and he would photograph her in the exam room before he got the chemo. In the treatment room, she uploaded the photos next to the text on her blog.

“I blogged about cancer screening with outfits. I blogged about death in outfits. I blogged about grief and whatever I was wearing at the time. “

Courtesy Judith BoydPhoto by Nelson and Judith Boyd (photographer unknown) March 15, 2006.

The last time Nelson photographed her, she wore a gray-blue skirt with a white blouse, a short jacket and boots.

“The hat was pink,” she said.

They had gone out for lunch instead of their usual dinner. When it got dark, he just didn’t have enough energy. Five days later Nelson was dead and Boyd had to reinvent himself, as she put it.

That meant leaning further into the blog. What began as a platform for their grief has become a megaphone against age discrimination.

“I have often said that when the skin of a 20-year-old woman is as beautiful as the skin of an 80-year-old woman, we know we have overcome age discrimination,” she said.

210920-STYLE-CROWN-JUDITH-BOYDHart Van Denburg / CPR NewsDenver-based Judith Boyd, known on Instagram as @StyleCrone, has grown into a seventy-year-old social media fashion star. Monday, September 20, 2021.

For them, age discrimination is a fear of our future selves. Your followers receive the message and comments flow with every post. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be comfortable in your own skin,” wrote one woman. “You are really an inspiration to me,” replied another.

For the past several years, Boyd has modeled on catwalks and in national spreads, including a recent campaign for Haagen-Dazs and an upcoming campaign for the Neiman Marcus vacation catalog. In the Häagen-Dazs ad, her presentation matched the pint of Dulce de Leche ice cream she was holding.

Over the course of the pandemic, she was mostly her own photographer; She discreetly holds a remote control that triggers her beloved iPhone camera.

Older people risk isolation – something COVID-19 only made worse.

“I don’t want to be invisible,” she said. “Because we should be invisible in old age.”

Judith Boyd from Denver sets up her latest selfies and videos in her eclectic garden. Monday, September 20, 2021.

For Boyd, one way to counter this expectation is to be a seventy-year-old sartorialist.

“I think age discrimination cuts people’s lives by years,” she said. “If you become very isolated and don’t socialize, it’s not good for your health and people die of loneliness, they get sick more easily.”

“We’re not dead yet,” she added.

There is still a lot to be said about age discrimination and aging. And she will keep doing it – most likely with a hat.

210920-STYLE-CROWN-JUDITH-BOYDHart Van Denburg / CPR NewsJudith Boyd and her tangerine-colored high heels. Monday, September 20, 2021.