Wrinkles and gray hair are usually considered bad and undesirable. Unfortunately, nowadays many women live under this motto. But no matter how hard we try, our emotions leave traces on our faces with time. And a strong struggle to eliminate them, to some extent, means erasing one’s individuality.
We at Bright Side have become enchanted with women who were brave enough to challenge today’s stereotypes, say no to Botox, and dismiss plastic surgery despite the fact that their face is actually their calling card.
1. Emilia Clarke, age 34
Despite her young age, Emilia has clearly visible wrinkles on her forehead. However, they are not due to age but thanks to the actress’s rich mimics and if she decides to correct it, she will erase a part of her charm as well. She opts for less radical items for taking care of her skin like an everyday face massage, the absence of makeup in her everyday life, toning, and moisturizing.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow, age 48
3. Alexandra Grant, age 47
Keanu Reeves’s girlfriend doesn’t leave many people indifferent because she doesn’t strive to meet any beauty ideals. She intentionally doesn’t dye her gray hair and has even openly declared why. Her head turned gray at the age of 20 and at 30 she decided that it was high time to stop dying her hair and speak out against toxic dyes that can lead to breast cancer.
4. Natalia Vodianova, age 38
The supermodel Natalia Vodianova is not trying to prove anything or show off and feels free to appear in public or post a photo on social media where she appears in her natural look: makeup-free, with visible wrinkles and gray hair. It’s not because of the position she’s in — it’s just that Natalia doesn’t feel shy about the natural processes that happen to her face and hair.
5. Uma Thurman, age 50
Uma Thurman shared that she has thought about plastic surgery before, but she has never been able to understand Botox. “Getting rid of the wrinkles doesn’t translate to looking young again,” says the actress. She believes we should accept ourselves at any age.
“What if you wake up someday, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written, or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy, or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.”
6. Cameron Diaz, age 48
Cameron Diaz was always saying that the less we think about aging, the better we look because we don’t worry about it. “You actually put up to 6 years more onto your life when you accept that you are aging. Once you embrace something, it’s a mindset, right? So the body follows the mind in anything,” shared the actress.
Cameron even wrote a book called The Longevity Book. It is co-written and based on the opinions of various experts. The actress outlines 5 pillars of well-being which are good nutrition, movement of the body, a good night’s sleep [and] rest, stress release, and meaningful, connected, loving relationships.
7. Sarah Jessica Parker, age 55
Sarah Jessica Parker has never felt ashamed about not dyeing her hair and showing the world her gray. Even in the Sex and the City series, Carrie would say that there is nothing shameful in showing that we were not born blondes. Sarah allows herself to appear in public without makeup even today and her fans oftentimes perceive it ambiguously.
8. Natalie Portman, age 39
In her early interviews, Natalie would say that actresses over 40 oftentimes start waning and that she can’t completely exclude the notion that she may one day need the services of beauty industry specialists. However, it seems that today she is not ashamed of her imperfections or age-related changes.
9. Eva Longoria, age 45
Eva Longoria is also one of those celebrities who doesn’t feel shy about appearing in public makeup-free or posting her photos on social media with visible wrinkles without any retouching. The actress has always stood for consulting beauty industry experts but draws the line at injections and surgical interventions. As for makeup, she believes that it only emphasizes skin imperfections and that beauty begins with proper skincare. According to her, the most important thing is to use SPF products, moisturizers, and other little tricks that she happily shares with others.
10. Kate Winslet, age 45
Kate Winslet has declared several times that she was not going to get plastic surgeries to conceal her aging. She has said that it contradicts her morals as well as her personal view of beauty. “I am an actress, I don’t want to freeze the expression of my face,” she would say. But this doesn’t mean that Kate is not taking care of her skin. Of course, she does it but not fanatically, just like in taking care of her body.
11. Cate Blanchett, age 51
Cate Blanchett has been saying that she is against Botox and plastic surgeries for a long time. She is basically skeptical about any and all cosmetic procedures. She is sure that the traces of plastic surgeries can be seen on any face and that eventually, people tend to regret the surgeries they’ve undergone. However, journalists sometimes outline that Cate looks too young for her age and they doubt her words.
12. Rachel Weisz, age 50
Rachel Weisz is another celebrity who relates to Botox injections in a radical way and she connects it to the acting profession. She believes that the lack of facial expressions is a kind of professional incompetence, so Botox should be prohibited from being used by actors.
13. Drew Barrymore, age 45
With age and after giving birth to her daughters, Drew Barrymore started to relate to the aging process philosophically. She believes that our inner condition is more important because it will still get etched on our appearance no matter how hard we try to hide it.
“I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury,” Barrymore says. “If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like. If they are good, cool people; that’s all I care about.”
14. Emma Thompson, age 61
British actress Emma Thompson, together with her like-minded partners, Rachel Weisz and Kate Winslet, created the Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League. This organization still exists and, among other things, is engaged in the popularization of natural aging. Emma has told many times that she doesn’t like the imposition of standards, “We’re in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60.”