Getting old isn’t on the top of everyone’s to-do list, especially those living in Hollywood, up against impossible beauty ideals and more limited movie roles for older actresses.
But for Angelina Jolie who celebrates her 44th birthday this week, ageing is something to be celebrated, and appreciated, and she’s keen to point out that growing older is something she’s privileged to be able to do.
Mum-of-six, Jolie, lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to ovarian cancer at the age of just 56, and inherited the BRCA 1 gene herself. In 2013 she underwent a preventative mastectomy to reduce her chances of breast cancer. Two years later she had both her ovaries removed to do the same to her likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.
So when the stunning actress insists she’s delighted to be getting older, it’s easy to see why – and her approach to the changes on her face as the years pass is an inspiration to us all, and a fantastic reminder of why we should embrace each and every passing year.
Talking to InStyle, the actress revealed: “I look in the mirror and I see that I look like my mother, and that warms me. I also see myself ageing, and I love it because it means I’m alive—I’m living and getting older.”
Of course, like everyone, even Angelina has aspects of her appearance that she doesn’t feel totally happy with. But she’s learned not to dwell on those things, and instead to see the positives.
“[I] don’t love having a random dark spot from a pregnancy, sure,” the 42-year-old admitted. “I see my flaws. But what I see that I like isn’t about a structure or an appearance. It’s more that I see my family in my face. I see my age.”
With famous parents, Angelina has grown up in the glare of the spotlight and been surrounded by industry standards of what is and isn’t beautiful. Of course, with looks like hers, she hasn’t had much to worry about, but it has given her a unique perspective on appearances and what does and doesn’t matter.
“The people I see as beautiful are those who don’t bend to somebody else’s opinion of what is appropriate or beautiful,” she continued. “I’ve always been drawn to people who are unique, different, and just simply themselves. It makes me a bit sad when I see somebody unable to live in their own skin and not feeling comfortable in it. There are a lot of things in society that make people feel that way.”
For Angelina, a natural approach to beauty has been preferable, and she’s been going to the same dermatologist for over 30 years – one who isn’t a big fan of invasive, age-disguising treatments.
“I’ve had the same dermatologist since I was 11; her name is Rhonda Rand,” the actress revealed to the publication.
“It’s who my mother brought me to when I was little with my first scar. To have somebody who is very encouraging of being as natural as possible has really helped me, I think. When I got pregnant, I had darker areas [on my face] that got darker. So I do IPL [intense pulsed light] every once in a while.”
If you enjoyed this article, you might like to see how the fabulous Emma Thompson is embracing every one of her 58 years. Or, take a look at what Helena Christensen told us when we sat down for a chat.