Post # 1
This has always baffled me a bit but it’s become pretty normal to me. I’m 26, will be 27 in winter. I look like I’m 26, dress like I’m 26, act like I’m 26, and yet I am constantly mistaken for a middle schooler. At this point I’m not offended and just smile and correct them, but I’ve looked extensively through photographs, in the mirror, and I just don’t see it.
At first I told myself it’s because I’m asian growing up in a predominantly white part of California, but then I moved to a part of LA with an extremely high asian population and it was still happening. I’m only half Japanese and I do have an hourglass type figure with breasts and hips (I’m a B cup but at 88 pounds that’s quite busty).
Anyway, like I said it doesn’t bother me anymore so much but I was wondering, for bee’s with a similar experience what makes people think you’re a kid when you’re an adult? And when you look in the mirror do you see what other people see in terms of age or something different?
Post # 2
I’m 5″1 and about 95lbs at 28, I often get mistaken for a lot younger. I think it is mostly to do with just being so petite, it doesn’t really bother me I’m just used to it.
Post # 3
I’m Asian as well, and you know what they say, “Asian not raisin” 😅 I’m in my really 30s and I look quite young. My voice is also young, so that doesn’t help either. I think I’m very fortunate to not look my age or look older. My sister is almost 40 and she looks like she’s in her 20s. I’m very fortunate and I have no complaints that I look young.
Post # 4
You’ll be grateful when you’re 30 or 40 that people think you look younger.
When I was 18 people thought I was 13, when I was 25 people thought I was under age. Now I’m 34, in the last couple of years I don’t get asked for my ID anymore, damn!
No one can tell an asian’s age. I once thought a 40 year old Japanese woman was late 20s. Just because some people are Asian themselves doesn’t mean they’re better at guessing other Asian’s ages.
Anyway a lot of people wish they have the Asian gene. Nothing wrong with it.
Post # 5
keikochan : I am 34 and got ID’d the other day and people often think I am early to mid 20’s. I have very round cheeks like my Mum and she doesn’t have a wrinkle on her at 58! I think it is down to our face shape.
Post # 6
I get mistaken for someone 10 years younger all the time. My boss didn’t know how old I was for the first few months I worked for her. Honestly, I think I act youthful. I am very energetic and can be loud at times. I also think my hairstyle and being petite helps me to be seen as younger.
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2018 - UK
It used to happen a lot to me when I was in my 20s. When my best friend and I would go out, I’d get ID’d and she wouldn’t, despite being 4 years younger than me. I think it’s because I’m short, and she’s tall and statuesque.
I did get ID’d for buying a cocktail earlier this year, and was refused service because I didn’t have any. I’m 34, drinking age is 18 here, and it’s not standard to ID everyone.
Post # 8
this has been me my whole life. At 17, id get 13 year old boys asking me out. At 20 i got ID’d for buying fireworks and the age was 14 at the time.
Im 34 this year and still get ID’d for buying alcohol most days. People look at me in shock when they see my ID. The age is 18 here.
I look 24ish i suppose. Total baby face.
My mum is the same & at 60 she could pass for 50.
Post # 9
In my own case, I was often mistaken for being considerably younger when I was a bit heavier. I’m an older Bee, early 50s, I’m average height. average weight, athletic build (I still play sports & do yoga, go to the gym) at the moment, but I lost a little over 30 pounds semi-recently. When I was 30+ pounds heavier, lots of people thought I was younger than I was, a few even expressed actual surprise at my age. I would especially be mistaken for younger when I wore no make-up.
Now that I’ve trimmed down weight wise, it’s much rarer that someone mistakes me for younger. lol my own personal medically unfounded amateur theory is that the extra fat I was carrying acted like a natural Botox and smoothed out the wrinkles around my eyes and stuff. So these are my menopausal choices: chubby and smooth or toned and wrinkled
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2018 - England
I’m reeeeeeeeeally short! 😂 so I think that makes me look a lot younger.
Post # 11
I’m 25 and sometimes get mistaken for 14-18. When I did my student teaching people thought I was another middle schooler. I’m quite tall, so I’m not sure exactly why. People tell me it’s my face – I still have terrible skin and I had bangs until a few years ago, which may be part of it. My mom says it’s because I dress in jeans and t-shirts. Who knows.
Post # 12
I’ve always looked really young too. I guess it’s genetic because my mom has never looked her age either. TWo of my sisters who are short get told they look late teens for one and literally 12 for the other. People don’t even think I’m in college a lot of the time or they ask me what I’m studying. I’m 27. I sometimes get annoyed by it because I’m not a freakin teenager, but usually I think it’s funny and when I can tell someone thinks younger I hit them with my real age to shock them. I would rather look young than old, right? I’m not sure what about me does, but whatever lol
Post # 13
Besides being 4’11” I think it also has to do with my skin. I take extremely good care of my skin so it’s always dewy looking. I also wear athletic clothes most days for my job with no makeup and my hair in a bun. People usually mistake me for high school or early twenties. I can pass for 25 when I’m dressed up and wearing makeup. I used to hate it but now that I’m 30 I love it. I wear my baby face like a badge of honor.
Post # 14
Although I am 5’ 1”, I would say people mistaken my age as I have a baby face (round and doe eyed). However, after people speak to me they instantly know I am a bit older than they thought.
I have two funny stories to share. I remember my friend and I wanted to see an 18A/R rated film in university and they asked for two pieces of ID as they still didn’t believe my age after the first piece. 😂😂
During a dinner with my mother (I was 19 turning 20 the following month) the host grabbed two menus and seated us. One was an adult menu while the other was a kids menu. Kids menus were provided for children ages 12 and younger. I went silent and my mother died of laughter. The host was confused and my mother explained “she is turning 20 next month”. The host felt awful and my mother had a good laugh for the remainder of the evening 😂😂
At this point, I am used to it. I will forever look 10 years younger than my age.
Post # 15
I am now 42, and was recently told that I could pass of as an 18 year old – by few different people. My husband has mentioned to me several times how I look much younger than the friends I have and they are about the same age or they are few years younger.
I am now a mom of two kids and hardly get the attention, looks and wolf-whistles that so used to annoy me when I WAS 14-29 and trust me, it always feels good to get that kind of compliment. I’m not complaining.
You can thank your mama for this. I also was a bit of an ugly duckling when younger and only ‘blossomed’ in my 20’s, so I think my curve has lasted a little longer.
It will fade for all of us, so while we still have ‘it’ take lots of pictures, and dont complain about the little things, you’ll look back and think what on earth were you so unhappy about. I do! 🙂