"I'm a woman who stopped dyeing my hair and started getting more tattoos," she writes in her blog.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 4, 2022. It has since been updated.
She is 57 but as her Instagram handle says, life doesn't stop at 50. Lonni Pike, who runs the blog, Grey Hair And Tattoos. This is how she describes herself, "I'm a woman who stopped dyeing my hair and started getting more tattoos." One look at her social media and you will know that she can't be boxed. When someone told social media influencer Lonni Pike that she doesn't know how to dress, she had a perfect reply to it.
She started her social media channel in 2020. “I get a lot of positive responses from people appreciating the fact that I’m not afraid to show the world who I am,” she said. She has more than 1,16,000 followers on Instagram. However, there are people who don't like her style. There was a rude comment on one of her videos saying that "You're too old to dress like a teenager" and she did a whole video about "dressing like a teenager." She wore jeans and tucked in a T-shirt along with Dr. Martens. "I don't respond to comments like this very often. Because I don't care what people think. But it does stop people from dressing the way they want to. It puts that seed of doubt in their mind. Like OMG, are people going to judge me? In honor of dressing like a teenager...here's my outfit for the day," she said in a video.
"Express yourself...Even though people think you dress as a teenager, I take it as a compliment," she added. Pike got her first tattoo at a crucial time in her life. She was 30 years old and was in a bad marriage. "We were separated for a time. I got barbed wire around my ankle because I felt trapped and helpless. This was the beginning of my journey to let the real me out and be who I wanted to be.”
She is an inspiration for many who want to express themselves and enjoy it. "I would love to show people that you can be yourself without the fear of what people might think. The freedom to let the inner you out for the world to see” said Pike. She is big on acceptance and never judges anyone for their lifestyle. “I don’t give anyone the right to respond negatively to me in any area of my life. My life is my universe and critics are not allowed,” she said.
Pike loves what she does. “I have a great job, I carry myself as the professional I am and considered one of the top in my field so no, I don’t think there is anything negatively impacted,” she said.
Cover Image Source: Instagram | grayhairandtattoos