Advanced Style Exclusive: Mimi Weddell’s Last Interview

Today is my 29th birthday. It is also the Anniversary of my great friend Mimi Weddell’s passing. If you have been reading Advanced Style for a while now, you know that Mimi is a great inspiration to me. I met her a little more than two years ago, after moving to New York and seeing her documentary “Hats Off“.

Mimi was so graceful,insightful and willing to work on projects that she enjoyed. She began modeling and acting in her 60s and appeared in print ads for companies LouisVuitton, Burberry, Juicy Couture, and Nike, to name a few; in photo spreads for Vanity Fair and Vogue; on TV series including Sex and the City and Law and Order; and in feature films such as: Across the Universe, Hitch, and The Purple Rose ofCairo.

I strive to live by this extraordinary woman’s philosophy to “Rise Above It” in any difficult circumstance. Mimi never stopped learning and challenging herself, in fact she once said“There’s a lot to be learned, and I’m going to learn all the way to the stairway to the stars.” On my birthday I want to celebrate the life of this amazing woman and hope that my life will be as enriching and spectacular as her was!So remember, in the words of Mimi Weddell you must, “Dance through life” and enjoy every moment.

Check below for some wonderfully candid moments from Mimi’s last interview with film maker Jyll Johnstone. Jyll filmed Mimi for over ten years to make the award winning documentary “Hats Off” . I hope you get the chance to see this wonderful film and enjoy the clips below!

  • I never tire of seeing Mimi and of hearing her talk. She is a constant inspiration. Thank you for bringing her to my attention. Have a great weekend

  • Happy Birthday! I just discovered your blog and I am hooked! I'm turning 60 mnext week myself and am inspired by you and the people you feature. Keep up the good work! Lorraine

  • I can not believe that I never heard of her before this. She is amazing!

    Oh and Happy Birthday!

  • Ahh a bitter sweet day for you Ari. Happy Birthday. Thank you for sharing these clips with us. What an amazing and beautiful woman. Love her ethos. You were lucky to have know her. Xxxx

  • Anonymous

    So much for the stereotype of grumpy older people. She's just so much fun to listen to and knows how to enjoy life and 'be' in the world.

    Always a joy to enjoy your blog Ari and Maayan!

    Susan from Vancouver

  • Really cool blog! *-*



  • Mim

    I must watch "Hats Off." Enjoy your birthday!


  • happy birthday to you.

  • I'm love with your blog, a wonderful initiative! Too bad that Brazil does not see it… Good work, and happy birthday!

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I have been following your blog for a few months and I just want to say it's wonderful. I love Mimi. Debra is outragealicious. Tziporah is amazingly put together. What a beautiful thing you are doing. I will be 60 in Nov. and feeling better about my style every day. Thanks so much for your work here.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Ari!!

  • What a grand lady !Thank you for the videos. Happy birthday to you and hats off to your blog which is so refreshing !

  • Happy Birthday and congratulation, from now I am in love with your blog! It's absolutly brilliant! Sara

  • Happy Birthday to you, youngster! And thanks for sharing about Mimi. What great quotes, what beauty and spirit. An inspiration I wish I could have met for myself. xo. -Bella Q

  • I love Mimi, and wish I could have met her. I've been trying to get a copy of "Hat's Off" for a year now, and can't find one in Canada, and can't get one shipped to me from the US. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and although Mimi is gone, it is lovely that she continues to inspire you and countless others!

  • Anonymous

    I have deliberated for days about whether or not to post this. I hope I'm not making a mistake.

    I am sorry to be contrary, but I cannot join the love fest for Mimi. I thought "Hats Off" revealed an astounding level of self-absorption, and an ultimate lack of wisdom. Unlike the other magnificent women and men you feature on this blog, I could find nothing to admire in Mimi.

    Style without soul. The only Advanced Style star who has not been inspirational to me.

    I do not mean to offend anyone, and I hope there is room here for a different opinion.

    Thank you, Ari, for your beautiful blog.

  • Anonymous

    happy birthday ……and thank you