19 Inspiring female stars reveal why ageing is amazing
-Mar 20, Hannah Hargrave, Living -
It happens to us all, but it’s how we handle getting older that makes us different. True, age isn’t just in the mind, but your attitude to it really does have an impact.
Some women bemoan the grey hair, wrinkles and effects of gravity as they get older. But here at Lumity we truly believe that your 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s are your best years. And you don’t have to take our word for it.
These gorgeous, successful stars – all post 40-years-old – have made it clear they aren’t going to let getting older get them down.
In fact they’re embracing it, so if you’ve got a birthday around the corner and are feeling miserable at the prospect the simple answer is – the present is… YOU MADE IT!
Jennifer Aniston on why life is more fun after 40
“I’ve had more fun post-40 than I can remember. From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.”
Meryl Streep says being alive is the best gift of all
“I’m very f**king grateful to be alive. I have so many friends who are sick or gone, and I’m here. Are you kidding? No complaints!”
Jennifer Lopez says she’s so much more confident
“When I was in my 20s I wasn’t sure of myself. Now I can really stretch. I don’t have to stay in the box. At this point I can say to myself, So what if I fall, so what? I’m going to get back up.”
Julia Roberts is 50 and feeling fabulous
“The 50 bit is just a number – it really is. What you do before and after that birthday pays no attention to age, so why should I?”
Diane Von Furstenberg on why wrinkles are her happiest memories
“Ageing is out of your control. How you handle it, though, is in your hands…. In my older face, I see my life.
“Every wrinkle, every smile line, every age spot. There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside.
“If you are someone who never smiles, your face gets saggy. If you’re a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life.
“My face reflects the wind and sun and rain and dust from the trips I’ve taken. My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?”
Cameron Diaz on why ageing is a privilege
“It’s almost as if we have failed if we don’t remain 25 for the rest of our lives. Like we are failures. It is a personal failure. Like, our fault that at 40 years old that I don’t still look like I’m 25. ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I apologize I wasn’t able to defy nature.’… I feel that ageing is a privilege. I think that it’s something that I feel very honoured that I get to do.”
Lauren Hutton says sex is better at 74
“I actually have better sex — which is the bottom line, is it not? … Because you learn how to, you know, work the vehicle better.”
Michelle Pfeiffer: The pressure is off once you hit 50
“The overriding, positive thing about turning 50 is that you go from ‘You don’t look your age’ to ‘You look pretty darn good for your age.’ There’s this tremendous pressure off—you deserve to have a wrinkle, you deserve to have a little pooch on your tummy.”
Emma Forbes feels better at 52 than she did at 32
“In truth I actually feel better at 52 than I did at 32! I think in your earlier years, health is taken for granted, 30’s everything sort of ticks along and works, 40’s you start to become more conscious of ageing – but at 50 you are like ‘wham’ this is phase 2 and I need to focus on it all.”
Reese Witherspoon: You feel more confident in your sexuality as you get older
“I think as a woman, you get older, you feel more confident in your sexuality. You’re not as intimidated by it, not as embarrassed by it. Sexuality and femininity is an accumulation of age and wisdom and comfort in your own skin. I feel better—so much better now than I ever did in my 20s. I am calmer; I know who I am. And as a result, I feel much sexier. There’s always going to be somebody younger or sexier. That’s why I like to say, and it’s become my famous line, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.'”
Sigourney Weaver: ‘My best days are yet to come’
“It’s important to grow old gracefully, and that’s what I plan to do. I am here to stay. I take care of myself, and I have the discipline to stay fit and have good health until I am very old. I’m not planning on retiring, and in many ways, professionally at least, I think my best days are still to come.”
Helen Mirren: ‘I think it’s pretty cool to be older’
“I don’t often wish that I’m younger because I think that it’s pretty cool to be older. What I love the most about being older is that lovely I don’t give a f**kness kind of thing.”
Mary Berry: ‘I can attest that you should never give up on your dreams’
“I’ve never worried about my age. I do understand to a degree, but your looks ought not be a marker of what you’re capable of. Having found my greatest success much later in life, I can attest that one thing you should never do is give up on your dreams.”
Kate Winslet: ‘Confidence comes with age’
“I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.”
Chelsea Handler: ‘As you get older you get better at so many things’
“As you get older, you get better at so many things. My friends who are older than me – which is most of them – are a lot more caustic than they used to be. But a lot of them only became great when they turned 40. Everything is a little bit sexier when you’re older. You’re sexier. You’re more confident. You can do what you want.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: ‘It’s exhilarating getting older and owning who you are’
“Getting older. It’s like, ‘Yeah, this is who I am, f**k off.’ As opposed to, ‘This is who I am, I’m sorry.’ You know, there’s something about getting older and owning who you are that is a good thing.”
Elle McPherson: ‘I feel better now than I have ever felt’
“I feel better now than I’ve ever felt. I look at pictures of myself when I was younger and I think, ‘God, I was so gorgeous there, but I didn’t feel it.’ Or, ‘Wow, I look so much better now.’ I was such a dork and I can see insecurity written all over my face, trying to be something I wasn’t – even though at the time I thought I was cool.”
Kim Cattrall: ‘I know who I am now’
“My 40s were pretty great, but now, in my 50s…there comes this wonderful self-knowledge. You’re not trying to be somebody else, or do something else with your life. You think: Here I am. I’ve gone through this, I’ve survived that, and I know who I am now.”
Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I feel better in a bathing suit now than I did before I had kids’
“I feel more in proportion now than I was when I was 20, so I feel better in a bathing suit now than I did before I had kids. But I think one of the most beautiful things about growing up is this self-acceptance that starts to happen.”
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