In a 2014 interview, Aniston called out the "pressure in Hollywood to be ageless."
Jennifer Aniston, 53, is one of Hollywood's most recognized actors, yet despite her long-lasting career, the media continues to focus on her age, her love life, and her cosmetic surgeries. The Friends actress says she never got any work done on her, except for fixing her deviated septum.
In an interview with Yahoo Beauty, Aniston called out the "pressure in Hollywood to be ageless.", adding that women channel their insecurities into surgeries. “There is this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. I think what I have been witness to is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes because I am not injecting s—t into my face,” she explained, “I see them, and my heart breaks. I think, ‘Oh god, if you only know how much older you look.’ They are trying to stop the clock, and all you can see is an insecure person who won’t let themselves just age.”
In another interview, she talked about the gaze of the media shifting as soon as she turned 50. “50 was the first time I thought, ‘Well, that number,’” she continued. “I don’t know what it is because I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”
“I really wish we could shift our perspective on [aging] as a negative, because it’s happening to every single one of us. We just need to be very good to our skin — just take very good care of it,” she continued, in the interview with Allure Magazine, “Keep it healthy, and keep it tended to — as we tend to our cars, as we tend to our appliances, as we tend to everything else we tend to.”
She cited Annette Bening, Diane Keaton, and Gloria Steinem as examples of “fabulous flawless women” who have embraced age rather than tried to delay it artificially.
Since Aniston first appeared on the scene and quickly rose to fame as the '90s' go-to beauty icon, decades have passed. But, the 47-year-old has maintained the brilliant glow that made her famous. So what does the A-list celebrity do instead of having fillers or cosmetic surgery?
She revealed her outlook on beauty in an interview with Vogue, "Emotionally and mentally, I would say it's just about loving yourself and loving what you've been given—to really appreciate it and take care of it. Because this is the only body we're given, we need to be really good and mindful of what we eat and how we take care of our skin—getting a good night's sleep is extremely important, as is hydrating with water, water, water. It's so important to get that extra glow."
But more than just drinking a lot of water, getting enough of sleep, or using sunscreen, the actress has made maintaining her beauty a way of life. Aniston revealed to Women's Health in 2014, “But honestly, I think just eating really good fruits and vegetables, less fried food, of course—fried food is terrible, soda is terrible. Just fruits and vegetables and healthy lean proteins and water.”
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