Being a woman in the public eye isn’t always easy - a huge amount of scrutiny is placed on how you look. It can be an enormous amount of pressure for a female to bear, especially when she reaches a certain age. After all, it’s not always smooth sailing after you hit 50. Your physical appearance can change and all of a sudden, you’re not being offered the parts you once were.
All of us age – and some more gracefully than others. That’s not to say that some of Hollywood’s finest haven’t had a little pick me up from a plastic surgeon here and there, but wouldn’t you if you had the money? While young, hot Hollywood might be up and coming, there are some absolutely stunning silver-screen veterans that have truly stood the test of time. These are the icons of the MTV era and even earlier and they’re here to stay, and look damn good while doing it too.
In a world where being young and beautiful is so highly prized, let’s take a look at just how priceless timeless beauty really can be. There is hope for all of us.
15 Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley shot to fame as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl for three years in a row, from 1979-1981 – and she looks just as good now as she did then. Brinkley is 63-years-old, but you wouldn’t think it. With a body she’s obviously looked after, she’s maintained her money-maker to the highest level. Not only that, but Brinkley has the youthful smile of a 20-year-old. With a net worth of 102 million dollars thanks to her various endorsements over the years, Brinkley has made a fabulous life for herself. These days, she works as an actress, illustrator, presenter and much more. Does anyone else want to be her, like, now?
14 Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone is one of the most iconic actresses of all time. Who can forget that leg crossing scene in Basic Instinct where we got to know her very well indeed? Not only is she Hollywood royalty, but Stone has aged gracefully and very well, like a fine wine. Back in 2015, she bared all for Harper’s Bazaar, where she told the mag that she felt like her butt was like ‘a big bag of brownies.’ If that’s the case, can my butt look like a bag of brownies too please? Anyone? At 59 years old, Stone is a lesson in how to look absolutely killer, regardless of your age.
13 Julianne Moore
The quintessential redhead, leading lady Julianne Moore dazzles time and time again with her alabaster skin and beautiful locks. After gaining mainstream success following on from Jurassic Park in 1997, Moore has hardly been off of our screens at all, and remains just as popular today as she was back then. Not only is Moore a talented actress but also a successful author of children’s books, among other things. Audiences aren’t they only ones to recognize Moore’s beauty too, as she has been the face of several high-profile brands – L’Oreal and Bulgari to name a couple. Red has never looked so good.
12 Sheryl Crow
All she wants to do is have some fun… I bet she’s not the only one. Sorry – I couldn’t help it. The stunning flaxen-haired country singer has been around for decades, serenading us with her particular type of music for years now. Sheryl Crow has sold over 50 million albums, won 9 Grammy awards and collaborated with just about every artist under the sun. In 2006, Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer but got the all-clear after the lump was removed, and she bounced back better than ever. The hitmaker is the definition of country strong. If she looks this good at 55, it can only get better.
11 Michelle Pfeiffer
From Cat Woman to one third of the insanely sexy Witches of Eastwick, Michelle Pfeiffer has been in more blockbuster hits than you can shake a stick at. With those beautifully angular features and piercing eyes, Pfeiffer has had audiences in the palm of her hand for decades – and we are happy to be there. Pfeiffer got her big break when she was cast as Stephanie in the highly anticipated (although critically panned) Grease 2, and since then she’s gone from strength to strength. She has three films coming up this year, including Murder on the Orient Express. I’ll be getting a ticket – will you?
10 Elizabeth Hurley
52-year-old Brit actress Elizabeth Hurley has been in the press as recently as yesterday, thanks to her killer body. Initially, Hurley gained notoriety as the girlfriend of 90’s star Hugh Grant, thanks in part to her famous safety pin dress she wore to accompany him to a premiere. Since then, Hurley picked up a few different acting parts herself, having struggled previously. She and Grant stayed together for an impressive 13 years, before separating. Hurley became known for her husky voice and sexy, formidable demeanor. One of her most famous roles is as the Devil herself, starring opposite Brandon Fraser in Bedazzled. One thing is for sure – her talent hasn’t diminished one bit.
9 Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett is 58 years old, and killing it. Her incredible physique, cheekbones sharp enough to kill a man and talent that’s out of this world have seen her remain a staple on the Hollywood circuit since her breakthrough in 1993. More often than not, Bassett can be found playing biographical roles, such as her first major stint as Tina Turner in the What’s Love Got to Do With It biopic. Since 2013 Bassett has been a recurring cast member on the FX smash hit show, American Horror Story. We’re definitely not tired of seeing this beauty on our screens.
8 Halle Berry
The second cat woman on our list, Halle Berry turns 51 on the 14th of August and looks pretty damn happy about it. Looking ethereal in this snap taken this past year, the bronze goddess shows women worldwide how to look good when they hit the big 5-0. With a glittering career behind her, Berry shows no signs in slowing down either, with two films currently in post-production. The best is probably still yet to come for the Academy Award winner, and we're just as excited as she is to see what the future holds. We'll keep an eye out for you Halle, with arms wide open!
Supermodel, business mogul and wife of the late David Bowie, Iman has had a rough 18 months. Losing her husband to cancer in January of 2016 was something that must have been completely devastating, especially because it left her as a single mother to their 15-year-old daughter, Lexi. Iman maintained key composure throughout her grieving and continues to set a glorious example of a strong woman. At the age of 62, Iman still throws herself into her cosmetics business as well as her other pursuits, and always looks flawless. Round of applause for this absolute queen.
6 Salma Hayek
Since she first came to public prominence for her roles in Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn, Salma Hayek has been known for her s*x appeal the world over. She has a certain quality that is hard to emulate - an old Hollywood glamour mixed with Mexican exoticism that just can't be bought. Turning 51 in September, it's no surprise that Hayek celebrates her age instead of rallying against it. She is a formidable presence on and off the screen, known for her intelligence and playful attitude in interviews. If there's one actress that should be in everything, it's definitely Salma.
5 Kim Cattrall
Most famous for her role as the uber-sexy Samantha in HBO's Sex and the City, 60-year-old Kim Cattrall has never made a secret of her age. She was no spring chicken when she was cast alongside Sarah Jessica Parker - she was 41 at the time. Since then, Cattrall has gone from strength to strength too, setting an example for women everywhere to never be afraid to express themselves in any way they see fit (as long as it doesn't hurt anyone, obviously). Kim's sexy attitude parallels her acting talent, which has gained her a ton of awards over the course of her career.
4 Sandra Bullock
One of the most versatile actresses of our time, 52-year-old Sandra Bullock has conquered the movie world. She first burst onto our screens in the 1987 movie Hangmen, although it was her portrayal of Lieutenant Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man that really saw her career take off. We've seen her play comedy roles with ease in the Miss Congeniality series, as well as bring tears to our eyes with serious dramatic roles such as 2013's The Blind Side. Being in the public eye hasn't always been a walk in the park for the actress though, who had to weather a very public cheating scandal with her now ex-husband Jesse James. Who would want to cheat on Sandra?!
3 Monica Bellucci
Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci is the oldest actress to ever play a bond girl, thanks to her role in the 2015 movie Spectre. At the time, Bellucci was just turning 51, and two years on she's still looking just as good. Although a lesser known name than those we have previously seen on this list, that doesn't make the dark-haired beauty any less worthy. As well as being an actress and model, Bellucci also offers up her voice talents for dubbing over in various languages. She's definitely got us tongue tied, hasn't she? What do you think, should we be seeing more Bond girls over the ages of 50? I think so.
2 Nicole Kidman
Not cat woman, but Australian actress Nicole Kidman did make an appearance in Batman Forever alongside Val Kilmer, in 1995. The long-legged ivory skinned delight was most recently seen on our screens starring opposite pal Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies. Kidman has managed to make the transition from roles like Selene in Moulin Rouge to more mature parts without a glitch. It's a tricky transition that can catch many actresses out - but she's done it fabulously well. Nicole definitely has nothing to prove, and as she's just turned 50 this past June, that's exactly how it should be.
1 Shania Twain
Our second country starlet and final entry on the list is music sensation Shania Twain. Who can forget the video for her hit single That Don't Impress Me Much? Twain is one of the most successful country-pop singers of all time, selling millions of records worldwide. In 2004, Twain retired from performing, blaming her weakening singing voice. However, her first single in 15 years was released in 2017, followed by an album called Now, which is due to be released this September. Things are far from over for this starlet, proving that she can shake her cowboy boots with the best of them at 51.