But more than anything, it’s the growing cultural emphasis on rootsy authenticity, epitomized by the green movement, that is making guys reconsider gray.At its core, being green -- as much about appearance and perception as it is about saving the world -- means being natural, and with gray hair there’s no artifice.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.But as the perception of HIV as a manageable disease has grown, the specter of illness and death has diminished.Like the bear scene, silver foxes seem like a return to normalcy -- to an honest reflection of what men really look like.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.I first spotted the gray a couple of months before my 30th birthday–three or four strands glistening on my left temple.
And it was all the more enchanting considering this was in Chelsea in New York City, where the average gay guy still sports cargo pants and a fake tan. While men used to cover their gray with Grecian Formula, now an increasing number of them are proudly accepting their changing hair color -- regardless of their age.
I have dozens of those babies, and they don’t make me less attractive, do they?
I was still wrestling with the answer to that question when one afternoon last winter I came face-to-face with a silver fox while at the grocery store -- and my insecurity about gray hair dissipated instantly like a bad dream.
The things I have power over are what I’m going to work on, like eating right.” You can thank any number of factors for this new outlook, starting with Anderson Cooper -- the poster boy for silver foxes, who was 33 when he first came to national prominence as the host of reality show -- have picked up where Cooper started.
Fashion magazines are influential too, as silver fox models have graduated from watch and car advertisements to high-fashion photo shoots, imbuing gray with the shine of aspiration.