The rate of the decline is obviously affected by her genetics and lifestyle, but it is also largely a function of how willing she is to accept that decline gracefully.
11, 2000 -- When Tamara Latorre met her boyfriend, she was 32 and he was 43. The 20-year age difference between them didn't trouble her. Three years later, they're happily living together on a four-acre horse farm in southeastern Massachusetts.
A mother of four -- her oldest is 12 -- she is preparing to launch a career for the first time.
Her boyfriend, meanwhile, is on the downside of his working life.
In certain Hollywood and corporate circles, especially among financially successful men, the practice is so common that these younger women, usually second wives, have been given the disparaging nickname of "trophy wives." Medical advancements are helping this merger of the generations become more realistic than ever.