(NEW YORK) — In a world where celebrities try to hold back time with Botox and more, Hollywood stars who choose to age gracefully make headlines.
The latest is Kate Beckinsale, who says she’s put off by all the surgically enhanced women around her in Hollywood and would prefer to age the way of her mother, Judy Loe, 65.
“I much prefer how my mother looks to the people I see here [in Los Angeles] with wind-tunnel face,” Beckinsale, who turns 39 at the end of this month, tells the UK edition of Glamour magazine.
“I feel like beauty is a gift that you have for a while, and you enjoy the hell out of it while you have it,” she tells the August issue. “And if you’re lucky enough to have a daughter and you give it to her, you enjoy the fact she has it. My mother was always very, very beautiful — she still is, in her sixties.”
Beckinsale also lashed out against the pressure put on new celebrity moms to bounce back after their pregnancies.
“There’s an obsessional hatred of normal human processes. Pregnancy changes a woman’s body and should. It isn’t normal to not look like you’ve had a baby immediately after you’ve had a baby.”
Fortunately for Beckinsale, a growing number of Hollywood stars feel the way she does.
In an interview with the U.K. media last year, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet took a stance against getting a nip/tuck, saying that cosmetic surgery “goes against [her] morals. I will never give in,” said Winslet, 36.
Winslet, famous for her curvy, womanly physique, argued that she was raised to appreciate “natural beauty” and doesn’t want, as an actress, to have cosmetic surgery or botox “freeze the expression” of her face.
Like other actresses in their 40s, Julia Roberts is reinventing what it means to be in the fourth decade of life. Not being afraid of growing older is part of it.
In 2010, Roberts drew headlines for her comments nixing Botox. “I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy and when I’m confounded,” the 44-year-old actress told Elle. “Your face tells a story and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”
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