Sure, “aging gracefully” is a thing, but many women still fear getting older. And that’s fair enough because no-one likes to wake up and discover a new grey hair or wrinkle. But next time something like that happens to you, consider that these 40 stars are all mature ladies, and they’re absolutely killing it.
40. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has strong opinions when it comes to talking about age with others. In 2019 the star told Allure magazine, “Very little offends me, but what I do think is becoming dated are things like, ‘Oh, you look great for your age.’ Because at a certain point, you should start to look like ****? Because that’s what that is implying.”
39. Elizabeth Hurley
In 2020 Women’s Health magazine wondered if Elizabeth Hurley was “aging in reverse.” You can see why, because the 54-year-old not only looks younger than her age, but she keeps bringing out old clothes and showing off that she can still fit in them. Is there anything in the world more jealousy-inducing?
38. Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu is 52 years old as of 2020. Yes, really. That year she told the Future of Personal Health website that her secrets to staying young included carefully applying sunscreen, always removing her eye makeup, and drinking plenty of water. That, or she has a decaying portrait of herself in her attic.
37. Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is an older lady and dang proud of it. In 2020 Oprah magazine asked her about the oft-used beauty industry phrase “anti-aging” and she said, “I take great issue with the term, actually. You can’t avoid aging. The way I see it, you have two choices in life: You can either get older, or die. And I want to continue to see what life has in store.”
36. Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson is in her 90s now – and very much still active. In fact, she’s got the sort of career most actresses can only dream of. During her “twilight years” she was awarded an honorary Oscar, got nominated for an Emmy, and appeared on the front cover of Time magazine. And she’s not slowed down yet.
35. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is middle-aged now but still arguably as beautiful as the day she appeared in the aptly named Pretty Woman. And the actress’s advice for looking great is simple and easy to follow . In 2017 she told People magazine, “I think as long as everybody smells good and has a smile on their face, that’s a beauty regime!”
34. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King made history when she won the infamous “battle of the sexes” tennis match back in 1973. And she hasn’t stopped for breath since. She went on to become an activist, a coach, and a Medal of Freedom holder. Her long, celebrated, and extremely interesting life shines out from her face.
33. Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh has been in all your favorite franchises – James Bond, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more. She’s a familiar face on the big screen, but wait until you learn her age. She’s 58! Yep, she’s what many young people would consider “old,” and yet she can kick butt better than any of them.
32. Oprah Winfrey
Writing in her magazine O back in 2011, Oprah said, “We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not hot, that we don’t matter. I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter.” A round of applause for the now 66-year-old.
31. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani is in her 50s now, although she certainly doesn’t look it. What does she credit for her insanely youthful look? Not diet, not face cream, not plastic surgery, just her husband. In 2016 she went on Carpool Karaoke and told James Corden that falling in love with Blake Shelton had given her a “facelift.” Awww!
30. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is getting older and delighted about it. In 2014 she told The Hollywood Reporter magazine, “We live in a world now where young women are familiar with people saying, ‘Oh, well, you know you look good now, darling, but wait until you’re 30.’ What’s this wait until you’re 30? It gets more exciting. Aging is so far really fun and so much changes. You do feel more confident.”
29. Tina Turner
The legendary Tina Turner has suffered some of the health problems which unfortunately come with age, but she didn’t let that get her down. In 2020 the 81-year-old told the AARP website, “I’ve definitely grown happier as I’ve matured, and I have even greater patience and love for others. There is a change in perception, a broadening, that comes with age, a greater appreciation for simple things.”
28. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek is in her mid-50s now and still very much turning heads. In the early days of 2021 she posted a very sexy bikini pic to Instagram, and her fans went wild. How has she managed to keep her famous figure? Well, she claims she eats pretty much what she wants (hooray!) but does juice cleanses frequently.
27. Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson was raised in Europe and she thinks there’s less of an obsession with youth there. In 2018 she told the website Aging In Beauty, “There seems to be less of a preoccupation with it and more of an acceptance of the natural face and the natural aging process. I think in Europe, in general, there’s a sense that women who age naturally can be beautiful.” Well, she herself certainly is.
26. Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter was the original Wonder Woman, and she still looks like a superhero today. In 2018 she admitted to website The Daily Beast that she’d had a bit of Botox, but she added, “When my mom passed away she was almost 90. She didn’t have a wrinkle on her face when she died, I’m not kidding you. I think part of it is just genetics.”
25. Julie Bowen
In 2020 50-year-old Modern Family actress Julie Bowen told Parade magazine, “I find it disconcerting that 60-year-olds look like 30-year-olds. They do look great! And yes, 50 percent of me wants to do exactly that, but the other 50 percent of me wants to do absolutely nothing and just melt like a proper old lady.”
24. Jennifer Lopez
Everyone wants J-Lo to explain once and for all: how on earth does she look like that when she’s in her 50s? She’s shared a few tips over the years, fortunately for the rest of us. She uses glycolic acid to clear her pores, puts on night cream before bed, eats a healthy diet, avoids caffeine and alcohol – and of course she dances a lot.
23. Betty White
Betty White might just be the poster girl, or the golden girl, for proving age is just a number. She’s 98 years old and still a very active, very much loved celebrity. So how has she done it? Well, she credits crossword puzzles for keeping her brain sharp, so if you want a career like hers it might be worth giving that a go.
22. Ming-Na Wen
Believe it or not, actress Ming-Na Wen is 57 years old. Just to really hammer that home, she was born two days before the Kennedy assassination. And yet she doesn’t look her age at all. She was the voice of Mulan in the 1998 Disney film, and yet she legit could have gotten away with reprising the role in live-action, she looks that young.
21. Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan doesn’t actually care what anyone thinks about her wrinkles or lack thereof. The then 54-year-old told Porter magazine in 2015, “There are more important conversations than how women look and how they are aging. I love my age. I love my life right now. I love what I know about. I love the person I’ve become, the one I’ve evolved into.” Well said.
20. Lisa Bonet
Actress Lisa Bonet has been in showbusiness for decades, and yet in all that time she’s barely changed at all. When she stands next to her daughter Zoe Kravitz, they look more like sisters than mother and child. And yes, Bonet has passed all her beauty secrets down to her.
19. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock looks young, no doubt, but not many people are likely to try her skincare regime. It is… wait for it… a facial treatment consisting of recycled baby foreskins. Yes, really. Bullock revealed this bizarre “trick” on The Ellen Show in 2018 and got exactly the reaction you would expect. Weird.
18. Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was a teenage movie star, and now she’s ready to totally embrace aging up. In 2016 the then 44-year-old told The Edit magazine, “I love getting older. I think it has to do with always being the kid on set.” She added that she had no plans to ever get cosmetic surgery.
17. Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard isn’t about to adhere to outdated expectations for an older lady. In 2020 she told AARP The Magazine “I don’t want to put an expiration date on showing my jiggly legs at the beach, or say, ‘I’m over 50. I shouldn’t wear this.’ No, this is my 63-year-old butt, and I am free and happy. It has earned its freedom!”
16. Heidi Klum
Want to age like supermodel Heidi Klum? It takes a lot of work. Although perhaps not as much as you might think. You’ll have to exercise four times a week, use coconut oil on your skin and hair, follow an 80-20 diet and drink plenty of water. Clearly, though, it’s very much worth it.
15. Rita Moreno
Oscar winner Rita Moreno is in her 80s, if you can believe that. And in 2019 she told the Oprah magazine website, “I don’t mind saying that I’m an old lady – I am 87, after all! But there’s no such thing as too old for anything. If you want to go and jump on a parachute, do it.” So don’t be surprised if she gives that a go.
14. Natalie Portman
According to some, Natalie Portman has the most perfect face in the entire world. How has she continued to look so good after decades of being a hard-working Hollywood actress? Well she herself has said that as soon as she decided to be a vegan at the age of 30, her skin became flawless.
13. Monica Bellucci
At the age of 51, Monica Bellucci became the oldest actress to ever play a Bond Girl. And her co-star Daniel Craig quickly made critics aware of the double standard at play there. During a 2015 interview with Red Bulletin magazine, the interviewer suggested Bond was “succumbing to the charms of an older woman.” And Craig responded, “I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age.”
12. Shania Twain
At first country music singer Shania Twain tried to fight against aging. Then she realized she was much happier when she just accepted it. In 2020 she told the podcast LadyGang, “Ageing is a battle you can’t win. I want to fantasize and enjoy what I do have and just, like, forget about the stuff I can’t change.”
11. Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson is delighted to be in her 60s because of her personal history. She told Vulture magazine in 2018, “It feels extremely fortunate. My dad died at 52. My uncle was 51. My sister-in-law, a couple years ago at 51. I’ve got quite a number of friends who have dropped off. You can’t take survival for granted.”
10. Jaclyn Smith
One-time Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith offered some aging advice to Closer magazine in 2014. She said, “No. 1, sleep is very important. Having a skin-care routine that you don’t have to be a slave to. Exercise. Drinking and smoking – I do neither of those, and smoking is particularly aging. Then, be good to yourself!” And as a breast cancer survivor, she also believes in regular mammograms. Smart lady.
9. Angela Bassett
Whenever Angela Bassett posts a new picture on social media, everyone goes crazy. She looks so young for her age it’s astounding. But the actress herself is a little sick of people telling her how youthful she looks for her age. She can’t even go shopping, she’s revealed, without someone telling her that.
8. Halle Berry
Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry is actually in her 50s now, if you can believe that. And she’s chosen to share her anti-aging secrets with the world. If you’re one of the two million people who follow her Instagram account, you’ll get tips on workouts, fitness, nutrition and even meditation.
7. Penelope Cruz
Don’t ask Penelope Cruz about aging, she doesn’t like it at all. In 2017 the then-43-year-old declared to Interview magazine, “When it comes to talking about aging as an actress, I feel like, ‘What the f***? I’m not going to give you even two minutes to honor your question. It doesn’t deserve that.’” Something to bear in mind if you ever meet her.
6. Cate Blanchett
In the Lord of the Rings trilogy Cate Blanchett played an ageless elf, and she might be one in real life too. In 2018 she revealed to British Vogue magazine, “I don’t think about aging at all until someone brings it up.” Well, it’s easy to not think about something you’re apparently not doing.
5. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway is beautiful and talented, but even she’s experienced ageism in Hollywood. She told Glamour magazine in 2015, “When I was in my early 20s, parts would be written for women in their 50s and I would get them. Now I’m in my early 30s and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part? I was that 24-year-old once.” Chances are she’ll be able to nab 20-year-old roles when she actually is 50 though.
4. Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman doesn’t want to undergo plastic surgery, and though she tried Botox once she’s not a fan. So how does the 53-year-old keep her skin looking so great? She has one simple and easy secret: stay out of the sun. Whenever she exercises outside, she covers herself in sunscreen first.
3. Dionne Warwick
Queen of Twitter Dionne Warwick has confessed she doesn’t have a particularly healthy lifestyle. And just before her 80th birthday in 2020 she told the Daily Mirror newspaper that she smoked, ate junk food and was “too lazy to exercise.” But let’s be fair to the singing legend, she’s had a busy life and is probably entitled to take it easy from now on.
2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s transformation from teenage tearaway to glamorous older woman has been quite remarkable to see. These days the acclaimed actress and mother of six is proud to be getting older and happy to look her age, which is 45. And she’s still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
1. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda’s managed to be a sex symbol at every stage of her life. After a long time spent trying to look younger – she had a little bit of plastic surgery in the past – she finally embraced her age. These days she looks fantastic and most importantly appears to be happy and healthy.