In a recent interview with Couric, famous actress Andie MacDowell spoke candidly about her views on aging and the natural look. At 64 years old, MacDowell has decided to embrace her wrinkles and has stopped wearing makeup, much to the surprise of many.
MacDowell's stance on aging comes on the heels of "Family Ties" actress Justine Bateman's similar views on the subject.
Embracing the Natural Look
“I want to be old. I’m tired of trying to be young. I don’t want to be young.
I’ve been young. And to be an older person trying to be young, what an effort. That’s a lot of effort,” MacDowell stated in the interview. She went on to discuss the importance of seeing beauty at every age and how there is often shame attached to getting older.
MacDowell added, “Why is there so much shame attached to getting older? We’re towards the end. We have no time to waste feeling shame”. MacDowell also spoke about her love of her silver hair and how it has empowered her. “It looks good on me.
As it was growing out, my eyes popped. The color of them looked a little different. I liked the way my skin looked better. And there was a feeling. It empowered me more,” she said.
The Pressure to Look Young
Justine Bateman, who is 57 years old, spoke out against Botox and fillers amid criticism of her appearance.
Bateman recalled how she googled herself and found the autocomplete came up with “looks old” in an image of her at 42. She discussed the pressure women are under to get rid of wrinkles and the idea that their faces need to be fixed before anything else can happen in their lives.
“I feel sad that they are distracted from the things they’re meant to do in life, with this consuming idea that they’ve got to fix their face before anything else can happen,” Bateman said in the interview, admitting that she has thought about getting work done herself. “Forget about your face!
That is what I’m saying. Get rid of the fear that your face being wrinkled is going to ruin a bunch of opportunities for you”. Both MacDowell and Bateman's comments serve as a reminder to embrace the aging process and focus on what truly matters in life.
As MacDowell stated, “Every once in a while, I’ll say to someone, ‘I’m old,’ and they’ll say, ‘No, you’re not!’. Like it’s some horrible thing to say … And I’ll say to them, ‘But what if I say I’m young? Don’t have a problem with that, do you?’ The truth of the matter is, I’m old and that’s OK. That’s what I really want people to think about”.
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