Ageing in a world where true beauty tends to be seen in those who are young (and typically really thin) is not a favorable circumstance for anyone who wants to experience life for what it truly is. However, this is starting to change and, at the rate that it’s going, the definition of beauty in Hollywood even five to ten years from now may change than people care to admit. What makes someone beautiful or handsome is not something that can just be constructed by a team of makeup artists and plastic surgeons; it’s who you are as a person.
Given, a pretty face never hurt anyone. But just like a fine wine, there is more to it than what’s on the label. Its essence, body and quality are what make it worthwhile and cherished beyond its youth. With age comes some of the most memorable moments in your life. How your body responds, with its fine lines like strokes from an artist’s paintbrush, is just another way to show the world who you are. With age comes beauty in all shapes and sizes. Just like the finest of wines, it is the quality of life and how it is taken care of that will resonate through the ages and make it irreplaceable. Cheers to those who have stood the test of time against all odds, this one’s for you!
20. Jamie Lee Curtis
It is pretty evident that Jamie Lee Curtis would one day discover that she was bit by the acting bug, since both of her parents were big named actors. However, what makes her so important is that she took a stand against Hollywood’s conventional standards of beauty when she did a photo shoot for MORE magazine, where she refused any sort of re-touching and make up. She is trying to make ageing okay by speaking out against it on multiple occasions. She is undoubtedly a beautiful woman both inside and out with her deep blue eyes and genuine smile, but her willingness to bare it all in front of the camera is worthy of an award either way.
19. Morgan Freeman
This ex-military man may best be known for his soothing yet powerful demeanor and voice that haunts your dreams in the very best way. But he’s pretty cute, too. With his iconic freckles and a face that can calm the wildest of souls, finding him attractive in one way or another is just inevitable. He has also aged really well, and takes being 78 with a grain of salt. His life is full of experiences beyond the realm of Hollywood (like when he served in the Air Force as a mechanic and fought alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the black student movement), and will continue to be until the day he dies.
18. Brad Pitt
It is no surprise that Brad Pitt has earned his spot on this list thanks to his chiseled good looks and striking features. Sure, he may have made some questionable hair choices in the past, but nothing can ever destroy his sex appeal. If his hypnotizing eyes and statuesque body weren’t enough, his ability to portray absolutely anybody in any situation makes him that much more perfect. Given, he may best be known for his starring role in the experimental cult classic Fight Club, but he has been on many girls’ walls since then and will continue to be for many years to come.
17. Gwen Stefani
Before Gwen Stefani realized that she had so many hidden talents just waiting to come out and play, she wanted a very simple and traditional life that consisted of white picket fences and the traditional family model. Thankfully, she eventually realized that she was meant for greatness, because we would never have the honor of her presence otherwise. With her perfectly proportioned, powerful and surprisingly feminine face, and her athletic body type, Gwen is a living example that you don’t need an hourglass figure to be viewed as desirable and womanly. Her lively fashion choices go above and beyond the norm, and she has become a fashion icon because of it. The ball is in her court and will be there until she decides otherwise.
16. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez made her debut as a musical superstar back in the early 1990s and has firmly established herself not only as a pop icon but as an iconic individual from that point forward. With hit singles like “Jenny From the Block”, she pays tribute to her roots and sets herself apart from the crowd. While she may have evolved a lot since then, some things will never change. Her hair will always be luscious and flowing no matter its length, her lips will always be plump and kissable, her eyes sparkling and bright, her body will always be unstoppable and her sense of style will always be infallible. When you put as much talent as she has behind a complete and utter bombshell exterior, it’s safe to say that whenever she walks into a room she can have whoever and whatever she wants. She has power but is grounded enough not to let it get to her head. She is who every man wants and every woman wants to be. She is unstoppable.
15. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris may have been born in 1973, but he simply does not have a face that can age! His features scream youth, and some may even say that he is guarding the Fountain of Youth and utilizing its powers to maintain his flawless appearance. Even after getting married to David Burtka and adopting twins together, the stress and tired eyes seem not to have affected him. Sure, he’s rich and famous so he can probably afford a nanny… but still. He seems to look at most a decade older than he did when he took on the starring role of Dr. Doogie Howser, and he has continued to grow into his handsome baby face. If all new parents looked like him, it’s safe to say that we would be living in a very different world than we are now.
14. Samuel L. Jackson
Sure, Samuel L. Jackson may not be the most handsome in the stereotypical fashion, but his face has character and his deep voice just never gets old. His ability to play both an action hero as well as a serious man gives him an edge on a lot of actors out there don’t have, and his bright smile makes love to the camera each time it focuses on it. Having been active in the black student movement alongside Morgan Freeman, Jackson is no stranger to hard times, but you would never know that based on his smile and the way he carries himself. He’s been a critically acclaimed actor since the 1980s thanks to his collaborations with Spike Lee, and he has been going strong since then. That’s not going to change anytime soon.
13. Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman may have been born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but she her Australian descent is extremely evident. Having been naturally graced with pale skin and red hair, she was constantly advised to keep out of the sun for as long as possible. After having done so, she is living proof that sometimes mother really does know best. Even without makeup on, her skin is absolutely flawless. The only place where she has any sort of lines is around her eyes, which is just the body’s natural reaction to smiling for years on end. Since she takes care of herself from the inside out by taking daily vitamins and fitting exercise into her routine, she is living proof that you don’t need to depend on plastic surgery to look young and beautiful.
12. Tina Fey
Tina Fey has changed so much since her younger years, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. When you compare the way she looks now to how she looked like back in college, you would honestly think that she ages backward. Even without an ounce of makeup on her face, this 45 year old mother of two looks absolutely incredible! Her high cheekbones, healthy diet and luminous eyes are evident whenever Tina is in the public eye, which is quite often. When she’s not working on a book, movie, television series or comedy sketch, she’s busy being a real person who is not afraid to eat a slice of pizza and go out with her kids on a bad hair day. She’s a role model for women everywhere and a shining example that anyone can do anything they set their minds to and more, no matter how old or wealthy you are.
11. Judi Dench
This English-Irish actress may have one of the sterner faces on this list, but her life experiences and pretty (if not subtle) smile still shine through each and every single day. Also, when you see her blue eyes reflect who she was all those years back, she can easily be compared to that fine wine that you’re waiting to open until a special occasion comes to pass. Despite being 84 years old, Judi Dench is still going strong in the entertainment business. Not only does she have a few new releases you can expect to see on the big screen later on this year, but she will also be paying tribute to her theatrical roots, in BBC One’s Countryfile Shakespeare Special.
10. Richard Gere
Richard Gere is just one of those A-list actors no one can ever take their eyes off of. Whether it’s one of his performances early on in his career like in Pretty Woman, or taking on the multi-faceted role of Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago, his handsome face is one that people just can’t help but take notice of. Aside from being a big Hollywood star, Gere is a humanitarian and activist who just released a film where he posed as a homeless man to raise awareness to this neverending issue. Sure, great looks are always admired, but a person is more than just what’s on the outside, and that’s a trait that Mr. Gere and his distinguished nature has down to an art.
9. Julianne Moore
To say that the beauty radiating from Julianne Moore is thanks to her mixed ancestry would be an understatement. Being of American, German-Jewish, British and Irish descent gives her a look like no other, and that’s what makes her so special. That and her incredible acting talent that is. Her face has graced the screen so many times that it’s easy to have lost count by now, but one thing is for sure: her beauty and grace make her absolutely unforgettable. With her red hair, strong yet feminine features and slender shape, it’s hard to believe that she will be turning 56 in December! Either way, she will continue making a splash in media of all sorts, including her most recent involvement in eco fashion which was covered by Vogue just a few days ago.
8. Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart has been in the public eye now since the 1960s and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Despite having taken a small hiatus, Rod Stewart is back in the public eye and will be on tour for most of 2016 and 2017. Sure, he may be 70 years of age, but his crazy yet fantastic hair, fit physique and caring smile make him a heartthrob in his own right. When you pair that with his raspy voice singing those ballads that can make any girl’s heart melt, you can’t help but fall in love with him time and time again.
7. Jennifer Aniston
Having just been voted PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Person of 2016 should be of no surprise to this ageless beauty who just turned 47 a few months ago and continues to only look better with age. While some say that you are only as old as you feel, Aniston goes the extra mile to take care of herself by constantly eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. Sure, she may be best known for her portrayal of Rachel Karen Greene on the smash sitcom Friends, but she has come a long way since then. With her flawless skin and sparkling eyes it is easy to see why she can be compared to one of the finest aged wines you have ever tasted.
6. Diane Keaton
Having just graced Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Cover in a top hat and tailor coat, Diane Keaton just proves that you can have fun with fashion no matter how old you are. By embracing creative choices and dressing appropriately (albeit unconventionally) at times, you can’t help but stare. Her bright smile and flattering haircut are just some of the reasons why she made it on this list but, most importantly, her willingness to explore and have fun with everything that she does is just heartwarming to a new extreme. Sure, she may be in her 70s, but her ability to take a role and play it with every ounce of her being means that she will forever hold the audience’s attention. That, in and of itself, is a wonderful thing.
5. Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is one of those women who evolve with the times and that’s the way she likes it. This being said, her sweet face and gentle features leave her as a recognizable figure whether she’s in her 20s or 70s, and the delicate lines dancing across her face just add to the joy that radiates off of her. While she may have once been a muse in Age of Consent, there is nothing stopping her from continuing to be one until the day that she dies. To top it off, when you take into consideration that she will be one of the stars in the upcoming film Collateral Beauty, there is nothing stating that you have to be young to be considered beautiful.
4. George Clooney
Sure, he may be reaching 55 this May but, like a fine bottle of Bordeaux, George Clooney shows his age in only the best of ways. He just had his 33rd cover shoot for Esquire magazine and is looking better than ever. Clooney’s ability to look sophisticated in a suit yet still let his sense of humor shine through is noteworthy to say the least. The lines embedded in his face just add character and show that he’s not afraid of getting older. He carries himself like no one else, yet he is not afraid to show his flaws. His slight limp is nothing compared to the beauty that he possesses both inside and out. George Clooney will forever be one of the sexiest men alive.
3. Cindy Crawford
This supermodel had a career that lasted over 20 years and has barely aged a day since she stopped walking the catwalk. She has also become a brand ambassador for a wide array of products like Pepsi and the beauty line Meaningful Beauty, and has made appearances for causes like the Omega event where she handed out toys to kids with cancer (and looked great doing i). Cindy Crawford proves that just because you’re in your 50s doesn’t mean that you can’t be fabulous and runway ready any time of day.
2. Meryl Streep
Ageing gracefully seems like the least of this 3 time Academy Award winning actress’ worries. Having just recently announced on The Graham Norton Show that one of her least favorite acting performances was when she played Anna and Sarah in The French Lieutenant’s Woman early on in her career, it is easy to tell that Meryl Streep strives for only the best in everything that she does. Rather than hiding from the fact that her skin is beginning to show the wear of the 66 years that she has been on this Earth, Streep embraces life’s changes and takes every day in stride. If that’s not living then what is?
1. Betty White
Despite being 94 years old, Betty White’s comic genius has not faltered, and it can even be argued that it has only gotten better with age. However, what is most impressive is how she has rocked the age train as much as she has without looking a day over 70! With eyes that never fail to be full of life, a precious smile and a sense of style that never quits, her ability to light up any room is like no other. Let’s face it, Betty White is that adorable but spunky grandmother, or great-grandmother, that we all wish we had, and it will be a very sad day for us all when her age finally catches up to her.