10 Celebrities Who Have Embraced the Natural Aging Process
When you think of celebrities and aging, you probably start thinking about Botox, plastic surgery, and doing whatever it takes to look as young as possible. While there are many stars that subscribe to this process, there are many that embrace the natural aging process and hope to inspire others to do the same. For instance, Sarah Jessica Parker made headlines in 2021 when some fans gawked at seeing her Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw “looking old” in its reboot series And Just Like That…
She responded, “Everyone has something to say. ‘She has too many wrinkles, she doesn’t have enough wrinkles.’ It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better. I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?”
Halle Berry is another star that has accepted that we are going to look different as the years go by. She believes that “beauty is deeper than the physical body you’re walking around in.” It is a great reminder not to put so much emphasis on what you look like but on the person you are on the inside and how you treat others.
While women have to endure so much more negative feedback about aging, it does affect men too and some famous men have spoken out about getting older. George Clooney said that he will never get plastic surgery. He explained, “Clearly I haven’t. For me it’s never been an issue or an option. I don’t think it would make much sense, quite honestly. I’ve seen it happen. Particularly on men I don’t think it really works. I think it actually makes you look older.”
Julianne Moore has spoken out about how the media talks about aging and how she hates the term “aging gracefully.” She called it sexist and added, “Is there an ungraceful way to age?” Moore said that obviously, no one has an option not to age so she wonders why people talk about it as if it is something we have complete control over. No matter how healthy you are, you are still going to age.
Meryl Streep added to that discussion and said the “risk” of aging for female celebrities, in particular, is alarming. She explained, “I remember as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really. And all the evidence of other 40-year-old women at that time — this is 27 years ago — would lead you to believe it was over.” Luckily for Streep, she continues to act in her 70s and said that “each day is a gift.”
Jamie Lee Curtis is another star that often talks about aging and has said that she will never get plastic surgery. She has spoken out about letting her hair go gray and how she just won’t be bothered to wear high heels anymore. Andie MacDowell and Justine Bateman are two more stars that have accepted their gray hair and urged others to do the same. Meanwhile, Ricki Lake went an extreme route to show that she embraces the aging process. She recently shared a nude photo of herself on social media and exclaimed that these were the best days of her life so far.
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Lastly, Salma Hayek posted a very real selfie on social media where she said, “Me waking up and counting how many white hairs and wrinkles have crashed the party this morning.” Fans loved that she was sharing such a raw, real-life post.