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Today, they’re still working in powerful positions, are financially independent, are adept at holding back the ravages of time — and are often newly single, thanks to divorce.Their lives are completely different from granny sitting in her easy chair.If you have any questions please contact our Support Team. For a whole raft of middle-aged female celebrities, there’s only one fashionable accessory you need to dangle on your arm — and that’s a toyboy.

When she asked him how he felt about her being 61 to his 51, he replied: ‘That’s easy — you’re so much younger than me.’She added: ‘He tells me I’ve opened his eyes to a more youthful life, and he seems to be loving it.’I wondered if leaving behind a 25-year marriage had contributed to her sense of vigour.

With the armoury of tweaks and tucks at their disposal, and booming gym memberships — not to mention perked-up sex drives and plumped-up skin courtesy of HRT — older women today are looking and feeling a lot more youthful than our mothers were at the same age. It’s a fascinating change in gender relations — and one rooted in economic and sociological realities.

Little wonder that this generation of Mrs Robinsons is proving so alluringly sexy and sophisticated that bedazzled young boys are seemingly becoming their willing slaves. Because with the rise of the potency of middle-aged women comes an equal and opposite reaction: the infantilisation of men. One of the fundamental tenets of evolution — men being attracted to younger women because they are fertile and women being drawn to older, higher-status males who are in a better position to provide for offspring — is slowly being eroded.

Today, attractive young men such as Wendi Deng’s toyboy Bertold Zahoran play the same role as previously enacted by pretty young girls with their wealthy sugar daddies. Instead, says social psychologist Alice Eagly, professor at Northwestern University, Illinois, the profound changes in our social roles are in turn twisting our sexual interactions.

Gone are the days when middle-aged women would adopt skirts of a sensible length, allow grey hair to creep in or take a back seat in public life.