A few weeks back I shared a post here that amounted to something of a Plastic Surgery Cautionary Tale, one told in the form of images of celebrities who’ve undergone some unfortunate surgical ‘enhancements.’ *shudder*
But of course, not all stars fall prey to the seductive lure of the knife and needle. There are plenty of examples of stars who – despite being in an industry that almost above all else values physical beauty and youth – have said no to cosmetic surgery and all related enhancements (injections and the like).
And guess what? They look amazing.
Want cold, hard, photographic proof? Here are a few of my favorite gracefully-aging stars, without a single nip or tuck among them:
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Tina Fey 1 of 10At 42 (which just so happens to be my age *fistbumps Fey*), Tina Fey has made her aversion to Botox known in no uncertain terms, telling Harper's Bazaar: "I think it is bad. People who have too much, they look like their faces are full of candles -- a shiny, shiny face."
Sigourney Weaver 2 of 10Now in her 60s, Weaver still adamantly opposes all forms of artificial/surgical enhancement: "I would never have plastic surgery or Botox injections. How can you as an actress? They both leave you with such a tight, unreal look. "It's something fans and audiences pick up on instantly. Actors' faces should actually be able to move."
Salma Hayek 3 of 10A flawless 45 years old, Hayek told the AP in 2011 that she's actually excited about getting older: "What makes you feel old is when you are not excited about life. You are not excited anymore about what you do, and you cannot do it as well," the actress said. "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."
Michelle Pfeiffer 4 of 10In 2009, Pfeiffer talked aging with the Los Angeles Times: "Honestly, there's certainly a mourning that takes place. I mourn the young girl, but I think that what replaces that is a kind of a liberation, sort of letting go of having to hold on to that. Everyone knows you're 50. So you don't have to worry about not trying to look 50."
Kate Winslet 5 of 10Always outspoken, Winslet told the Telegraph that plastic surgery "goes against my morals, the way my parents brought me up, and what I consider to be natural beauty. I'm an actress. I don't want to freeze the expression of my face."
Julianne Moore 6 of 10In Allure magazine, Moore said of Botox: "I hate to condemn people for doing it, but I don't believe it makes people look better. I think it just makes them look like they had something done to their face... When you look at somebody who's had their face altered in some way, it just looks weird."
Johnny Depp 7 of 10Though Depp has never commented on the matter, specialists agree that Depp's look is "natural," and also, apparently, one of the most requested by men getting plastic surgery (his natural chin and jawline are Top Sellers among men). But can you blame them - who wouldn't want to look like Johnny Depp?!?
Helen Mirren 8 of 10Though not opposed to plastic surgery as a rule, Mirren hasn't yet had any herself, and has publicly stated her opposition to the pressures on young people - particularly young women - to get 'enhanced': "The purity of youthful beauty is so fantastic to me that it's horrific when young girls get fake things."
Emma Thompson 9 of 10Now creeping into her early 50s, Thompson still hasn't wavered in her anti-plastic surgery stance: "I'm not fiddling about with myself. We're in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60."
Brad Pitt 10 of 10How could I not include him, right? And of course his perspective on aging is just about as matter-of-fact as you'd expect. In 2007 he told Details magazine: "One thing sucks, your face kind of goes. Your body's not quite working the same. But you earned it. You earned that, things falling apart." (I for one see nothing 'falling apart' here, but maybe that's just me? Ladies?
Who’d I miss among the Celebrities Aging Gracefully camp? And do you agree with their opinions about cosmetic surgery/enhancement?
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