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.
Tracee Ellis Ross
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.
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 mid-40s — her toned physique and flawless skin made it impossible to guess her true age.
At 49, Jennifer Lopez is almost supernaturally youthful looking, with a lit-from-within glow that has become something of a trademark signature. In fact, she’s launching 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 2018 as she did 20 years ago, and that’s no easy feat given her exhausting performance schedule.
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.
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 51. 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.
Robin Wright, the formidable House of Cards star, is refreshingly real about how she maintains her stunning good looks at the age of 52, 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.
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.
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.
At 60, 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).
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.
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.
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 80. 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.