For Lyn, that authenticity translates to a daring style she describes as “experimental and evolving,” anchored by “beautifully constructed” black trousers, white shirts and her beloved statement earrings. As an academic, she defies stereotypes of how a professor should dress and fiercely challenges rules that try to dictate what women should wear, and in what ways, at different ages. For Lyn, the very question of age is an imposition on her identity rather than a fundamental part of it, as she says: “Age is not a variable.”
It’s a philosophy that has worked out beautifully for her. Since that fateful day outside Lincoln Center, Lyn has modeled for Valentino Eyewear, Uniqlo, and Mango — and earlier this year she signed to the prestigious Elite London model agency, joining a roster with boldfaced names like Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima.
Now, after she clocks out at Fordham, Lyn writes the blog “Accidental Icon” and maintains an Instagram account with over 250,000 followers.
Her social media fans are mostly young women between 18 and 25 years old. The tag “#lifegoals” adorns many of the comments on her posts. Next, she’s planning on designing her own capsule collection of sustainable fashion, demonstrating that in a world where age is so often the thing others fixate on as a foundation of identity, it can merely be an accessory, worn however we choose.