Cameron Diaz loves her body and loves the way she looks as she grows older. In fact, she likes the way she looks at age 41 more than she did when she was 25! Don't you wish we all felt that way?
"I don't want to look like I did when I was 25," Diaz said in an interview with People. "I like the way that I look now better than when I was 25. I can't help that other people may be uncomfortable with that, but that's not my responsibility to make them feel okay with the fact that I'm getting older. I'm okay with it. I like it."
The Charlie's Angels actress recently published The Body Book, in which she opens up about her skin problems as a young girl. Diaz suffered from cystic acne that she believes was caused by her greasy food habits. The book also explores her feelings on the way beauty and aging are portrayed in this country.
"There's no such thing as anti-aging," Diaz has come to realize. "There's no such thing as turning back the hand of time, and it makes me crazy that we live in a society where that's sold to women — that we're supposed to believe that if we're getting older, we've failed somehow, that we have failed by not staying young."
The actress went on to say that women are the cause of the problem in this country because they do not let other women "age gracefully and allow them to get older." She said that when we physical age, we also age inside as well, making us "become wiser."
We absolutely love Diaz's view on this issue in America. Women continue to struggle to love the way they look when they're older. With aging come the pros and the cons. But Diaz is a perfect spokeswoman to say that aging is a natural and a beautiful process, so we should accept it!
Who else in Hollywood has aged well, both physically and emotionally, in the past few years? Who else is a good role model for speaking out about the great aspects of getting older?
2. Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton says that as she has aged she has found clarity and become more focused on what she wants out of life. And one thing that Keaton realized as she got older was that she would never get married — and she was OK with that. "When I was young, of course, I was terrified by the notion of being an old maid," the 68-year-old actress said. "But I don't feel like my mother guided me toward marriage."
The Something's Gotta Give actress has become more comfortable with the idea of being alone. "I'm attracted to men... But a life shared together? That's a different story." Keaton says you have to be "somebody who can compromise and be realistic" in order to get married.
Although she has dated many a great men in her younger days, including Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino, she embraces her independence, and we find that admirable. Not only is the actress inspirational from an emotional aspect, but she looks as beautiful as ever with her her great skin and smile.
Iman is known for her beautiful looks and her luscious skin, and she continues to look fabulous as she gets older. But like so many women, the 58-year-old supermodel says it's still hard to see herself age. "I am the first to admit that it's much harder to see your own beauty than the beauty of others," the Somalian model said. "While I love the slightly crinkly eyes of my older friends, I have very little appreciation for my own lines."
But she went on to say that she has taught herself to embrace her "particularities as gifts" by not comparing herself to other women. Instead she celebrates her uniqueness, rather than trying to look just like everyone else. Iman says there is no point in fighting age because she says it is a "battle that you will lose eventually." She finds accepting your "unique characteristics that come with age" is much healthier than trying to fight Mother Nature. She also believes women who "stay true to themselves are always more interesting and beautiful ... like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Anna Magnani." Those kind of women have "style, chic, allure and elegance" because "they didn't submit to any standard of beauty — they defined it."
4. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek has overcome a lot in her years as a Hispanic actress in Hollywood. She says that when she started her career, Hispanic roles were very scarce, but with time her acting career has taken off because Hispanic roles became more common. So for the Grown Ups actress, getting older has been a blessing in disguise.
And as for her physical attributes, she says aging has been a bit challenging at times, but not as scary as people said it would be. "What makes you feel old is when you are not excited about life," Hayek continued on saying, "You are not excited anymore about what you do, and you cannot do it as well." But the actress said despite her positive outlook on life she has felt her body begin to change. "I do feel my body beginning to — like, I need glasses now when I read my scripts. I wear them, but I'm happy to wear them and happy that I still get to read my scripts."
The 47-year-old actress said that people scared her so bad saying, "at 30, it's over for you." But she says that has not been the case for her. Instead, "it feels great to age in Hollywood."
5. Sheryl Crow
Rock 'n' roller Sheryl Crow has gone through a lot in life, even battling cancer. But being diagnosed with breast cancer has not brought her down one bit. Instead the 51-year-old singer is incredibly healthy both mentally and physically.
Crow's diet consists of eating fish almost every other day, because of their omega 3s, along with "walnuts, almonds, colorful vegetables, and prunes," which have a lot of antioxidants. She also drinks a ton of juices such as pomegranate juice, eats soups like tomato soup because of its lycopene, and tries to throw spices in when she can.
Crow says having two little kids, Wyatt, 6 and Levi, 3 helps her stay young as well. "Having little children is about getting down and rolling around with them," Crow said. But in the end, the "If it Makes You Happy" singer says embracing and accepting her age is what keeps her so young-looking. "When you shoot your face with Botox and stuff, you rob yourself of your ability to have youthful expressions, and that's why sometimes people look a lot older." Instead Crow tries to focus on how she emotionally feels: "So as far as I know, I look like I'm 24, which is how I feel."