10+ Celebrities Who’ve Embraced the Beauty of Getting Older

9 months ago

The pressure on women in Hollywood to maintain their youth and beauty is relentless. As they age, actresses often face a shift in the roles that they are offered, transitioning from femme fatales to mother figures once they reach 40. While this change reflects Hollywood’s treatment of women as they grow older, it is not necessarily negative. Aging can be seen as an opportunity for increased self-confidence, with many women embracing the journey of maturing.

Jennifer Aniston

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Being one of the most emblematic figures in TV history hasn’t made Jennifer Aniston obsessed with chasing youth. When talking about women who choose to let their hair go gray, she said, “If you want to go gray, go for it! If you want to keep coloring your hair, that’s great too. I think everyone should feel confident in whatever choices they make, including embracing natural color or texture.”

“I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ’You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”

Sarah Jessica Parker

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The 57-year-old Sex and the City actress doesn’t allow gray hair to bother her. On the contrary, she is a firm believer that society should let women embrace the change of color just like men do. She wonders, ’’I’m sitting with Andy Cohen, and he has a full head of gray hair, and he’s exquisite. Why is it okay for him?’’

Helen Mirren

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The celebrated actress was once asked about how it feels to age gracefully in Hollywood. She replied, “It’s much better to age disgracefully. You die young, or you get older. There is nothing in between! You may as well enjoy it. My mother once said, ’Never worry about getting older.’”

She also says that while imagining that being 20 years older feels scary, when you actually get to that age, you don’t want to be 20 years younger. “With every age comes advantages and disadvantages. And you tend to find that you don’t want to go back. You want to be exactly where you are with everything you’ve experienced.”

Salma Hayek

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The 55-year-old actress puts her comfort above anything else. She revealed that her hair’s color is natural and that she keeps her natural white hair. She explained her choice, saying, “I don’t have the patience to sit through it. I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger and then not enjoying life.”

Jane Fonda

Aging is relative and surely something that would never stop actress Jane Fonda from pursuing her career and dreams. If you believe it, you create it, and for Fonda, it’s all about perception.

As she explains, “I think it’s about how if you still have passion and if you haven’t become cynical and you’ve remained open to life, then no matter how old you are, chronologically, you’re still young. Aging is relative. If people say that I look young for my age, it’s because I feel like I’m a newbie. I feel like I’m just beginning, just learning how to do things. It’s not what I expected at all.”

Jada Pinkett Smith


The actress who has entered her fifth decade of life is feeling the best she ever has. She noted, “There’s a certain freedom that comes with that, [which] you really don’t have when you’re young. With age comes a lot of wisdom, and I’m happier now than I have ever been, so it’s good.”

Drew Barrymore

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The 47-year-old actress and talk show host has 2 young daughters, and she is determined to set the best example for them. She believes the age is a blessing rather than a curse. She has noted,
“I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury. If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like.”

Julianne Moore


The actress who has turned 61 confessed her dislike for the idea of ’’aging gracefully.’’ She believes that aging is a natural process, and we should accept it as it is. She wondered, ’’There’s so much judgment inherent in the term ’aging gracefully,’ is there an ungraceful way to age?’’ She then added, ’’It’s part of the human condition, so why are we always talking about it as if it is something that we have control over?"

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is a staunch advocate of natural aging. She sees the changes of time in her features as something natural. Gray hair or wrinkles on her face are not something she needs to “fix.” During interviews, she has made her point clear, explaining, “I am appalled that the term we use to talk about aging is ’anti.’”

Andie MacDowell


The 63-year-old actress and model is a firm believer that we can remain attractive at any stage of our life. She confessed, “I really don’t feel like I’m losing my beauty, it’s just a different kind of beauty. We evolve and we age, and this is part of the process. Aging is not about losing your beauty.”

Sharon Stone

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The 64-year-old actress is feeling comfortable in her skin now more than ever. She believes that age gives women a certain maturity and power, which makes them all the more appealing. She has admitted, ’’Women are more beautiful than girls because they know something.’’

The positivity with which more and more celebrities see aging might also be connected with how we’re growing old nowadays. Compared to same-aged celebrities of past decades, famous people today seem to be looking much younger.

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