Cameron Diaz on aging gracefully

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It’s hard to believe Cameron Diaz is 36, no? Not because I think she looks that much younger (I actually think all that outdoor surfing, back when she was Justin Timberlake’s girlfriend, probably took a toll, leading to crow’s feet around her eyes). It’s more just the shock I feel when seeing that celebrities age too. Just the other day I was watching the movie Top Gun and thinking, who IS the guy playing Goose (the sidekick of Maverick, a.k.a. Tom Cruise), because he’s awfully cute, yet somehow familiar. I Googled it, and lo and behold, the face of Dr. Greene (from ER) appears on my screen. SRSLY? It’s Anthony Edwards—now decidedly middle-aged and bald as can be. I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the man that was, back in 1986.

Not that I’m an age-ist, of course. In fact, I still think Dr. Greene is cute. Ish. But back to Cameron, who graces the cover of Vogue‘s June issue. Here’s what she said about aging gracefully:

“If you are a woman who’s been labeled as a sex symbol… if you see yourself that way, inevitably you get to a point when you are no longer a sex symbol. And if you can’t move past that, you’re putting a limit on yourself; you’re arresting your development. And that’s where I think a lot of women get in trouble. I mean, I’m not 25 years old anymore, nor do I want to be. I wouldn’t even want to go back to being 30. You know what I mean?”

Do you agree? I don’t think aging means you have to give up on being a sex symbol (though strutting around in too-revealing or too-tight clothing is a definite no-no past age 25). But I think Cammy’s on to something when she talks about accepting your age and being comfortable in your own skin. If only more women shared this attitude in Hollywood (and beyond)!

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Janine
Sunday, May 24/2009 at 3:06 pm

I am aging. Yes it’s true. In fact, I’m aging without stay-young-looking assistance from Botox or fillers, and I expect to be able to say that always because while I support their use if they work for others, those things trigger a personal alarm I can’t get past. So aging gracefully is my only choice — which means I’m back at the gym tomorrow. There’s no grace in trundling around like the Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum’s younger sister.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 24/2009 at 7:03 pm

Yes but keep in mind a little extra fat plumps out wrinkles! :-)

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ana p
Friday, June 22/2012 at 12:01 am

I din`t even read the article really, but had to comment on the title. Cameron has had quite a bit of help from good old Vitamin B lately. Not the real kind, I mean BOTOX. EVERYONE can age *gracefully* nowadays. :) Just google her images. Don`t get me wrong, I have nothing against it! I`ve had crows feet since the age of 13, I swears. Finally at 30, and using countless eye creams, I did my research and realized no cream would fix them.

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