has not let losing NBC's Age of Love
get in the way of accomplishing her goals. The 48-year-old model, who was recently featured on the TV Guide Channel
's latest special, Sexy Stars of Reality TV
, has penned two books, both of which help older women like herself regain and maintain their youthful sexiness.
“I know there are many women out there that want [sexiness, excitement, and youthfulness back in their lives],” Braff told Reality TV Magazine
. “I received thousands of letters after doing Age of Love
stating that I helped them in those ways. One woman still writes me and since watching me on the show and getting back into the gym, has lost 18 pounds. A couple wrote that I helped save their marriage.”
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Braff, who was categorized as a Cougar on the show because of her age, said that she was inspired to write the books – Cougar Dating: A Woman's Guide to Dating Men of All Ages
and I Am Cougar, Hear Me Roar: A Self-Help Autobiography
– after she received “thousands of emails and blogs from [Age of Love
] viewers,” all of whom were asking how she managed to keep her skin “looking so good” and to stay positive as she grows older.
“I decided I needed to [write these books] because I have something to share with other women that I know is important to living a fulfilling life,” she said. “I believe most women were just waiting for a positive role model to look to that felt the way they did about dating and relationships."
Dating younger men is nothing new to Jennifer Braff. On Age of Love
, she competed against other single ladies of varying ages for the affections of 30-year-old tennis star, Mark Philippoussis
. She is now involved with another younger man.
Her son, Jon, to whom she is very close, has, more often than not, been supportive of her choices.
“He actually is amused by me having the title ‘Cougar' because I've been dating younger men ever since he can remember and that was before the whole Cougar thing was so popular,” Jennifer Braff told Reality TV Magazine
. “He thought it was a great opportunity for me to be on the show.”
On the other hand, Braff admitted that Jon experienced difficulty accepting some of her past of relationships.
“Once, I dated someone his age and it was a bit of a challenge for him to respect the relationship in the beginning,” she explained. “But after [Jon] and the guy got to know each other, Jon was fine with it. He is like any other son that just wants his mom to be happy.”
Happy is the right word to describe Jennifer Braff, especially now that she knows she is helping to pin a more positive image to the term “Cougar.”
“I believe I am helping to change the stereotype of a Cougar in a way that is seen in a not so negative light,” she said. “I made a decision to do Age of Love
knowing that I would be exposing myself to criticism and judgment because of my age, but I wanted to change that view of an older woman that a lot of people have had for so long.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Reality TV Magazine
(Image Courtesy of NBC)