We Guessed the Age of These Celebrities (and Got It Wrong Every Time)

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What is more inevitable than the march of time? Literally nothing, which is why it seems rather absurd to us that modern society is obsessed with ephemeral qualities like fame, beauty, and, most of all, youth. The truth of the matter is there’s no escaping age, yet some do it better than most – occasionally, to such a surprising degree that we are stunned to learn how old they are.

Hollywood, fashion, and the media at large place an incredible emphasis on youth, with the underlying message being somewhat grotesque: you are only as valuable as you are desirable. Therefore, it’s a tremendous comfort to see so many accomplished, talented stars age so gracefully, beauty standards be damned. The 13 radiant women on our list, below, absolutely defy age-related expectations, with some even going so far as to totally reject any form of cosmetic enhancement, preferring to mature naturally.


Jennifer Lopez

Age: 50

Jennifer Lopez turns 50 today, but she’s still supernaturally youthful looking, with a lit-from-within glow that has become something of a trademark signature. She has even launched a cosmetics line so that fans can emulate her look, but we imagine nothing can be quite as good as the real thing. We’d be willing to say that she looks as good in 2019 as she did 20 years ago, and that’s no easy feat given her exhausting performance schedule.

Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Tracee Ellis Ross

Age: 46

Tracee Ellis Ross’ youthful embrace of life, self-deprecating sense of humor, and hilariously candid posts on social media had us believing the Black-ish star was at least a decade younger than she really is. There’s something to be said about attitude having more to do with one’s appearance than the year they were born.

Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 22nd Annual Accessories Council ACE Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 11, 2018 in New York City.
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Jennifer Garner

Age: 47

For some reason, we’d been laboring under the delusion for years that we were the same age as Jennifer Garner. Color us surprised to find out she’s in her late 40s – her toned physique and flawless skin made it impossible to guess her true age.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 20: Jennifer Garner attends L.A. Dance Project's Annual Gala at Hauser & Wirth on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Naomi Campbell

Age: 49

Naomi Campbell is an ageless wonder who, at 49 years old, doesn’t look a day over 30. Credit that to a lifetime spent keeping in shape for editorial shoots and runway appearances, a strict vegetarian diet, and fantastic genetics — have you seen her mother?

Naomi Campbell attends the Moschino x H&M - Runway at Pier 36 on October 24, 2018 in New York City.
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Gwen Stefani

Age: 49

Gwen Stefani honed in on her look in the 90s, and has basically stayed the same ever since. Her platinum-blonde locks, smoky eyes, and red lips are her beauty signature, and her appearance over the years is so unchanging that it’s almost freaky.

Gwen Stefani attends the grand opening of the "Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl" residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Nicole Kidman

Age: 52

Big Little Lies had plenty of shocking plot twists, but one thing that surprised us the most was just how young leading actress Nicole Kidman looks at the age of 52. Seriously, how does she look better now now than she did back in her unruly curls/Tom Cruise days? We don’t know the magical elixirs that have contributed to her stunning looks, but we’re willing to bet they’re expensive.

Nicole Kidman attends the premiere of Focus Features' "Boy Erased" at Directors Guild Of America on October 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Robin Wright

Age: 53

Robin Wright of House of Cards fame is refreshingly real about how she maintains her stunning good looks at the age of 53, stating plainly that she indulges in “the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year”. No judgment here, sis. She still looks natural and gorgeous in our eyes.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Robin Wright attends "House of Cards" Season 6 World Premiere on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)
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Sandra Bullock

Age: 54

In 2015, when Sandra Bullock was 51 years old, she was named People magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful Woman’ – and she has only gotten more beautiful since. While she has joked in the media about questionable facial methods to maintain her youthful good looks, we’re dying to know what her actual secret is.

Sandra Bullock at The Robin Williams Center on October 26, 2018 in New York City.
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Julianne Moore

Age: 58

Julianne Moore has taken aging gracefully to a new level by swearing off all forms of Botox, fillers, or cosmetic enhancements of any kind. Preferring the natural look, she somehow manages to still appear at least a decade younger than her age, so we’re chalking it up to good genes, diet, and exercise.

Julianne Moore attends the Louis Vuitton X Grace Coddington Event on October 25, 2018 in New York City.
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Michelle Pfeiffer

Age: 61

At 61, Michelle Pfeiffer is straight-up stunning. Scared of looking like a wax figure, Pfeiffer has eschewed face lifts – which are common for women her age – and instead sworn by a healthy lifestyle, vigilant sunscreen application, and a very small amount of Botox (according to insiders).

Michelle Pfeiffer attends the 'Murder On The Orient Express' World Premiere at Royal Albert Hall on November 2, 2017 in London, England.
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Sigourney Weaver

Age: 69

Sigourney Weaver is another older celebrity who has sworn off all forms of cosmetic enhancements, and she still looks fantastic. As a long-time action star, she has stayed in great physical shape throughout her career, while regular facials have kept her skin healthy and youthful.

Sigourney Weaver attends "The Assignment" screening at the Whitby Hotel on April 3, 2017 in New York City.
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Helen Mirren

Age: 73

Helen Mirren has declared many times that she does not fear getting older, and her positive outlook has only served to enhance her natural beauty over the years. Although she admits to a love of makeup, a recent dalliance with microblading her eyebrows, and a strict fitness regimen, she hasn’t tampered with her appearance too much.

Helen Mirren attends the screening of "Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France.
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Jane Fonda

Age: 81

Jane Fonda has been open in the past about her experimentations with plastic surgery and other cosmetic enhancements, but it is hormone therapy that has kept her spry as she approached her 80s. For all of Fonda’s beauty, it’s regular exercise and the way she moves – like a woman less than half her age – that really make her seem much younger than she is.


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