To all of the women (and men) out there who think that life is over once you hit your 40s, you seriously need to think again. There are plenty of successful and beautiful 40-somethings who will blow you away. Just check out some of the wonder women in Hollywood right now. There are many actresses and producers in their 40s who are doing their best work yet and are feeling the most confident they have ever felt. Now that is some inspiration for all of us! Whether you need some motivation for getting your career sorted out, you want to improve your fitness, or you just need to feel better about yourself, we have got the answer for you.
Here are 15 wonderful women who have proven again and again that they are intelligent, gorgeous, talented, and charming. Whether they are singing and dancing their way into our hearts, pulling at our emotions in films, or making us laugh on TV, there is no denying the wit and talent behind these women. You are in for some serious girl power, so be prepared! Also, think about some of your favorite actresses, or just some of the female Hollywood celebrities who have left a legacy. Odds are, they are not the 20-somethings (however great they are). Rather, we tend to look up to the women who have done the hard work, who have earned their keep, and who have shown us emotion, fragility, strength, and spirit.
15. Amy Poehler
She used to be known as the sidekick to Tina Fey, but now Amy Poehler is a freaking superstar in her own right. The 45-year-old works as a comedienne, director, producer, writer, actress, and voice artist. So basically, she does everything. While other celebs merely have to worry about portraying a character, Amy has to do that and create and write the character. Seriously though, she is very talented, and she is also a great role model. Amy shows us that you can be a wife, mother, and career woman. You can be intelligent and sexy. You can be in charge and still be endearing. And it’s all about having fun; if you don’t understand this concept, then please go watch Parks and Recreation. There, you will see Amy doing what she does best! Get ready for her next project: Zero Motivation, a BBC America series which she will co-produce.
14. Debra Messing
The fiery red hair, the luscious hips, the successful Hollywood career…if only it were that easy to have it all. Debra Messing makes it look like a cakewalk, but the truth is, she works mighty hard to have it all. Debra is a 48-year-old Brooklyn native with an Emmy award and a Screen Actor Guild award, as well as multiple nominations. She has acted on the big screen and on television, and she has also done voice work. She is talented, but also super smart; she graduated summa cum laude for her Bachelor’s degree, and she also has a Masters of Fine Arts. And let’s not even get started on her figure. Actually, we will. Debra is trim and fit, but also filled out in all the right places. People are super excited to see her in 2017’s remake of Dirty Dancing, in which she will portray the character of Marjorie Houseman.
13. Mariah Carey
Already in her mid-40s (where has the time gone?), Mariah Carey is still looking hot and sultry. With some serious baby-making hips, an ample chest, and the dewy olive skin of dreams, Mariah is one of the hottest celebs around. Her 1990 album Vision of Love helped to catapult her career to major stardom, and from then on, the world has loved Mariah Carey. She has broken various records for her music, she also delved into acting and record producing. Mariah also has a set of twins: Moroccan and Monroe, and they are primed to be just as gorgeous as their mother…they already are! These days, Mariah is canoodling with her super-rich fiance, James Packer. Clearly, this woman just seems to have it all: 14 albums, two beautiful kids, true love, and iconic career, and a legacy that will live on for decades to come. Plus, she is still touring, and recently finished her Sweet, Sweet Fantasy Tour.
12. Tina Fey
Coming from the outskirts of Philadelphia, Tina Fey has made a career out of poking fun at herself, her upbringing, and human culture in general. She is that nerdy woman who turned out to be really hot, and even at 46 years of age, Tina Fey is still super sexy. She has this interesting blend of shyness and exuberance, and it is a combination that not many women can master. It is also really refreshing to see this in Hollywood, and Tina is someone that looks like she could be your best friend – the one that keeps things totally real. Working as a writer, comedienne, producer, and actress, it is unfathomable how she manages to have a personal life and care for her two children, but she does it! We have Tina to thank for hit films such as Mean Girls and Baby Mama, as well as series like 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Oh, and she has also won 37 – yes, 37 – awards for her hard work.
11. Julia Roberts
The actress with the million watt smile just makes our list, as she is 49 years old. People have been admiring Julia Roberts for years, and she is known for some iconic film roles, such as Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mona Lisa Smile, Eat, Pray, Love, and so many more. In fact, the hit films that Julia has starred in have grossed over $2.5 billion! She has been named the Most Beautiful Person in the World a whopping 11 times, which is just unbelievable. Apart from acting, Julia works as a producer, and she founded Red Om Films with her sis. She also helps UNICEF and has done activism for climate change and the environment. Anywhere that Julia goes, she infuses the place with light and love. Just looking at her brings a smile to your face, and as she hits the milestone of 50 years old, you have got to give her props for that stellar figure of hers.
10. Gwen Stefani
Get ready; there may be a Blake Shelton–Gwen Stefani wedding in our midst! While Gwen was with Gavin Rossdale for a long time, the divorce was not totally bad. It brought Gwen into a romantic relationship with Blake, and now they are an adorable couple. Speaking of relationships and marriage, Gwen is perhaps the coolest and the hottest mother in Hollywood. She has always been such a unique person, starting out in No Doubt and then launching her solo music career. She is known for her platinum blonde hair, her bright red lips, and her iconic sense of style. Gwen also is immune to aging, or so it would seem. Would you believe that she is 47 years old? Yeah, we can’t either. And yet, Gwen is a mother of three, with years of music experience and a solid stake in the fashion industry. Curvy yet trim, Gwen embodies all of the goals that middle-aged women have.
9. Jada Pinkett-Smith
At 45 years old, Jada Pinkett-Smith is one actress that makes her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland proud. She is married to the iconic Will Smith, and the two have become one of the most popular power couples in Hollywood. Sure, they have weird kids and links to Scientology, but there is no denying that Jada is talented and gorgeous. She is also a decent singer, and she has even penned some books! So, is there anything that this woman can’t do? We aren’t too sure about that, but we do know that Jada is absolutely fearless in her career. And she needs to be; as a woman, she is at a disadvantage, and besides that, she is African American. Jada is a great role model of a strong and fierce woman who has carved out a successful Hollywood career. Jada returned to the silver screen with Gotham, and she blew people away with her portrayal of a villainous woman. Smoking hot!
8. Alyssa Milano
Remember when Alyssa Milano dressed up as Wonder Woman and breastfed her child? Yes, of course you do, and we do, too. Alyssa Milano is our personal Wonder Woman, and while we aren’t sure how she does all that she does, we have mad respect for her. The 43-year-old is married to David Bugliari, and they are the parents of two awesome kids. Alyssa has been acting since 1984, although her latest string of acting projects have been on television. She has starred in Hollywood Game Night, Rupaul’s Drag Race, and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. Okay, so not the most elite type of programming, but we must say that Alyssa is one classy lady. Apart from her downright gorgeous physique, Alyssa has done humanitarian and charitable work for PETA, HIV/AIDS awareness, UNICEF, and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, for which she is a founding ambassador.
7. Catherine Zeta-Jones
47-year-old Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is famous for her roles in The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, Traffic, and Chicago. She has won 5 Hollywood acting awards, and she has also been recognized for her humanitarian work by being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. This lovely lady has become a prime example of the independent spirit and female entrepreneur. Much of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ success has come from her own efforts, at least in terms of pushing through and being adamant. Since 2000, the actress has been with Michael Douglas, and they have two beautiful kids together: Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta. Even nearing 50 years of age, the celeb is still absolutely stunning, and she has an unbelievable body. The stress of Hollywood and two children hasn’t diminished her gorgeous figure or stunning looks at all. She is still acting, although she’s known for taking lengthy breaks.
6. Angelina Jolie
That smooth, dewy skin, those plump, luscious lips, her undeniably sexy hips, breasts, and thighs. Angelina Jolie is one celebrity that we can’t help but gush over. The 41-year-old also has something a bit different to offer than other female celebs. Angelina is edgy, she has a history, and she fills the air with that hint of mystery that makes you want to beg for more. For a long time, she was the other half of the Brangelina power duo, but Angelina is now simmering down from a divorce. That means that she is hot on the market, but in actuality, the actress may want to just take it easy for the time being. Besides, she is awfully busy with her other endeavors, such as caring for her six children, being a United Nations Ambassador, doing loads of activism work, and directing movies. In short, she is like Super Woman! Her latest directorial project is First They Killed My Father, which she adapted from a memoir.
5. Jennifer Aniston
47-year-old Los Angeles native Jennifer Aniston is the poster child for looking hot in your 40s. While she nears the half-century mark, others are drooling over her stunning good looks, supple skin, and enviable figure. A regular on the Sexiest Women Alive lists, as well as the face of natural skincare and health products, Jennifer Aniston has become the go-to celeb in Hollywood for inspiration on getting fit and healthy. She exudes a quiet confidence, and she manages to be the girl next door mixed with a high-end celebrity. Jen is someone that we would love to just hang out with, but we can also see ourselves totally girl-crushing on her and wanting to have everything she has! That would include 3 Hollywood award recognitions, celebrity endorsements, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oh, and there is also her lovey-dovey relationship with her boyfriend, Justin Theroux.
4. Jennifer Garner
Actress Jennifer Garner is 44 years old, and she just seems to get better with time. She is like a good bottle of wine that you just want to keep for a rainy day. Jen may be working through her separation with Ben Affleck after a cheating scandal, but she is proving that she has a good head on her shoulders. Jen is one celeb who has not let fame and fortune turn her into a monster, which is super admirable. Jen has taken time off from the public spotlight so that she could focus on her family and raise her children in a healthy manner. When she is working in Hollywood, she is doing a bang-up job. Jen’s more recent projects have included Danny Collins, Dallas Buyers Club, Draft Day, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Besides that, Jen has been featured by top-rated magazines and publications, she founded a production company, and she’s an avid activist.
3. Penelope Cruz
This Spanish-American actress is a pure delight, and her latest endeavor is Murder on the Orient Express, in which she will star alongside other celebs such as Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Murder on the Orient Express is based on a mystery novel by Agatha Christie, so it is sure to be quite a production! Penelope is also working on other Hollywood projects, such as The Queen of Spain, The Girl of Your Dreams, and Escobar. She’s also a spokesmodel and was even a guest editor for Vogue magazine. The 42-year-old’s charitable efforts include donating time and money in Nepal, Uganda, and India. She also supports PETA and HIV/AIDS awareness. Penelope has spent years proving her worth in Hollywood, as well as her versatility as an actress. She is a role model for women of all ages, but she especially makes middle-aged ladies appreciate the female figure.
2. Sofia Vergara
This Colombian-American actress is still celebrating being a newlywed with Joe Manganiello. The couple tied the knot on November 21, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. At 44 years of age, Sofia Vergara is a hottie with a body, and she has the smarts, talent, and wit to match. She is most famous for her roles in the Diet Pepsi commercials and advertisements, in which she seductively sips on a can of Pepsi and makes us all salivate. As for acting, Sofia is a charmer on the hit sitcom Modern Family, in which she plays Gloria, an immigrant housewife with a comedic streak. People all over the world have noticed that Sofia is a beauty with so much to offer. Her endorsements include Cover Girl, Kmart, Xfinity, and State Farm. Moreover, Sofia counts seven Hollywood award wins, and she is slated to receive even more. Filled out in all the right places, with a sexy Colombian accent, a lovely sense of humor, and pure generosity, Sofia is our girl-crush.
1. Jennifer Lopez
After her stint as a judge on the singing competition series American Idol, Jennifer Lopez needed something new to do. Her current project is the detective-mystery series Shades of Blue, in which J-Lo plays a New York City investigator. Now in its second series, Shades of Blue is proving to have staying power. We have seen Jennifer Lopez try her hand at so many different projects, and the 44-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. It is easy to see that Jennifer does a great job of defying her age, and even with minimal makeup, she looks absolutely stunning. Owing to her pivotal career as a singer and dancer, J-Lo has one enviable booty, but she is also super voluptuous all-around. Whether she is shaking it on the dance floor, acting on the big screen, or just showing up at the gym, she is flawless, and is the ideal independent woman role model.