A youthful-looking mother who still gets asked for ID when buying alcohol says it is flattering when people mistake her for her daughters’ sister.
Rajan Gill, 50, from Coventry, West Midlands, is often left red-faced when buying alcohol from the supermarket as cashiers often question her age, presuming she is three decades younger.
And it is not just store assistants who get her age muddled up, strangers have often assumed she is her daughters’ Jasmine, 19, and Neelam, 25, sister.
Youthful-looking Rajan Gill, 50, (left), from Coventry, West Midlands, often gets mistaken for her daughters’ sister and gets asked for ID. Pictured with eldest daughter Neelam, 25
Strangers have often assumed she is sisters with her daughters Jasmine, 19, (pictured) and Neelam, 25
The makeup artist says her daughters can get embarrassed when people mistake her for their sister but she thinks it is a compliment
The mum-of-three says it is flattering but ’embarrassing’ for her children when people get confused about their ages.
Rajan, who is a makeup artist, said: ‘The girls are often embarrassed when someone asks if I am their sister but I think it is a massive compliment.
‘They are like ‘here we go again’ – but we do have a chuckle about it. I always feel flattered that people think I am the same age as them.
Strangers have even messaged Rajan on her Instagram page saying they can’t believe how old she is.
‘It is crazy that I still have to carry my ID as I never know when I will randomly be asked at a supermarket if I’ve popped in for a bottle of wine.
‘It is a compliment but very awkward.
Rajan says everyone is shocked when she tells them she is 50 and she has even had people message her on social media to express how surprised they were at her age. Pictured: Rajan with her eldest daughter 25-year-old Neelam
At the age of 50, Rajan still has to carry ID around in case people ask her for it at the supermarket
Rajan has never had Botox and says she does not know what the secret behind her youthful looks is. The mother has only just started getting fine lines under her eyes and says she does not have many wrinkles because she does not sunbathe
On one occasion Rajan was even asked for ID when she tried to buy spray paint for a radiator in a hardware store.
‘I think there is a huge pressure on the younger generation to look older than their age,’ she said.
‘Social media plays a big part on role models having fillers or wearing a lot of makeup which is why it can be confusing for cashiers.’
Rajan, who has never had Botox, says there isn’t a secret behind her youthful looks.
She said: ‘I don’t have any remedies – I guess, I just have good genes. I lead a healthy lifestyle, avoid fast food and take care of my skin by investing in an array of products.
‘But I don’t have a specific go to that I can praise for my looks as I change them all the time.
‘I have only just started getting fine lines underneath my eyes!
‘I may not have many wrinkles because I never sunbathe – I will go in the pool and stuff on holiday but I will never lie in the sun for hours on end.
Rajan’s husband Harpreet, 40, is ten years younger but the age gap has ‘never’ been a problem as Rajan is mistaken to be the younger one. Pictured: Harprett, Milan, seven, Rajan, 50, Jasmine, 19 and Neelam, 25
The mother thinks the ‘huge pressure’ on the younger generation to look older than their age plays a big part in why it can be confusing for cashiers to discern her age
‘I will sit in the shade as the sun can age you. I swear by products that help your skin too such as Bare Minerals as it doesn’t clog up your pores.’
Rajan’s husband Harpreet is ten years younger but the age gap has ‘never’ been a problem as Rajan is mistaken to be the younger one.
She said: ‘I was apprehensive about dating a younger man when I first met my husband but we just clicked.
‘He thought I was the same age as him and people always think I am the younger one so it hasn’t ever been a problem.
‘I don’t feel 50 but society makes you think you shouldn’t dress a certain way or wear make up as you get older. But I just do whatever makes me happy.’