We often criticize celebrities for setting unrealistic standards when it comes to looks. But when was the last time we thanked them for making almost-50 look amazing? Those of us over the age of 40 no longer feel like we’ll be sent out to pasture. To the contrary, these women are making us and our age sexy. These celebs all share one vital thing and it’s not what you think...
We could take cheap shots at Pam when she was younger for transforming a one-piece lifeguard swimsuit into pinup material (though was she ever more beautiful than as the girl-next-door on Tool Time?). Now that she’s rounding out 45 she still looks amazing, proving it takes a little more than multiple marriages and health issues to get the better of her. We know you want to write her off because of the plastic surgery and fake tans, but that is not why she is making almost 50 look so incredible. We’ll share the common denominator with these celebs at the end. See if you can figure it out.
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Those of us who have been Cox
fans (heh, heh) since Friends
, or even since she hopped up on stage with Bruce Springsteen can see that Courteney has likely enjoyed the benefits of Botox
. But the woman is 48! Forty-eight! Remember when your grandmother or mother was 48? It was all short, shapeless hair, and sweatshirts with Boston terriers on them! Courteney has long, gorgeous hair and has stayed thin (not an easy thing to do after 40!) Still, that is not what will make her look good at 40, 50 or 60.
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Come freakin’ on! Are you kidding me right now? Halle Berry
is 46 and just announced that she’s pregnant
. Pregnant! Who looks like that and has a kid at 46? Of course, when you look like you’re still in your 20s, it doesn’t seem that weird. Berry has one freakishly attractive boyfriend/husband after another, and rocks short spiky hair and iconic looks that will make her the youngest-looking mom at her unborn baby’s first day of kindergarten. But it’s not those ridiculous cheekbones or that won’t-quit bod that will carry her through.
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This is where we are sort of giving away the answer to the riddle. Julia
has been charming us for decades, and while she doesn’t hit the red carpet often these days, when she does she looks like time has stood still. Unlike her peers, if she’s had any help outside of really expensive lotions and potions, it’s hard to tell. There is more at play here than confidence, expensive creams and good genetics. Figured it out yet?
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When this ultra-skinny actress stole the heart of legendary hunk Harrison Ford
, many of us were thinking “whaaaaaaaaa?” Like Julia, Calista doesn’t hit the red carpet often, but when she did recently, she blew our socks off. Like Courteney Cox, Flockhart is an incredibly 48 years old. Is it the good love of a hunk that is keeping her young? That probably doesn’t hurt, but it’s not what she shares with these other incredible half-century-hotties.
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This 54-year-old vixen
waved bye-bye to 50 four years ago! We have so much to be grateful to these women for. They are revolutionizing how we look at women over the age of 40. Not only is that age group not being dismissed in the looks department, to the contrary women over the age of 40 are now the highly sought-after “cougar.” Women over the age of 40 have so much to bring to the table in the way of patience, experience, acceptance, tolerance and wisdom. Still, all that coupled with looking drop-dead gorgeous in a designer gown is not the key to being amazing at the 50-ish mark. Ready for what they share in common?
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All these women share...
An incredible smile! Think about it. These women (unlike some of today’s young actresses who shall remain nameless, but who have a surliness about them when their picture is taken) all have incredible, genuine smiles. Yes, you could argue that they are trained to smile for the camera, but think back over the years to some of the roles these women have been in — some of their more candid moments. Despite what they have gone through (and like us they have had more than their share of trials and tribulations) they are still smiling in a way that reaches their eyes regardless of Botox injections. Good cheer, happiness and resilience are youthful and timeless. Think of Goldie Hawn who is 67. The woman never ages, and that is because she is always giggling and smiling. This concludes our open thank you letter to these women and countless others like them.
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