It’s common for Hollywood stars to feel pressure to maintain their young looks as they become older.
Stories about famous people receiving plastic surgery to slow the effects of time are common.
Women face disproportionately high levels of pressure, yet in recent years, more and more famous women have started embracing their natural aging processes, thereby rejecting traditional beauty norms and coming into their own.
Actress Andie MacDowell recently let her hair go gray, and she doesn’t care what people think.
MacDowell, 64, has starred in numerous films over her career, including Sex, Lies & Videotape; Groundhog Day; Four Weddings & a Funeral; and more.
MacDowell, unlike many other actresses who choose to hide their gray hair with colour, has come to accept it in recent years.
While many individuals dread the appearance of their first gray hair, MacDowell claimed she was looking forward to it even when she was younger.
“I thought that the idea of a kind of salt and pepper would suit me,” she said in a recent interview with Katie Couric. “I thought it would look good on my face. And when it started growing out during COVID I saw I was right… It looks good on me.”
“As it was growing out, my eyes popped, the color of them looked a little different. I liked the way my skin looked better,” MacDowell added.
“And there was a feeling, it empowered me more. I felt more powerful and I felt more genuine and I felt more myself.”
“My hair started going silver during COVID, and my daughters were staying next door to me … so they saw me all the time and they would say to me, ‘You look badass and you’ve got to keep this,’” she said in a previous interview with NPR.
“I have to say, I’ve never felt more beautiful. I’m not saying that everybody has to go do this … but it suits me.”
The actress has received criticism for “looking older” due to her gray hair, but she insists that she is content to finally look her age.
“What do you think I look 75 just because I let my hair go gray?” MacDowell said in response to the criticisms. “I don’t care. I want to be old. I’m tired of trying to be young. I don’t want to be young. I’ve been young.”
The actress has already criticized the unrealistic expectations placed on actresses’ physical appearance as they age. As she reached 40, an interviewer asked her how she felt about aging and “losing her beauty,” which she discussed with NPR.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“I told her I really don’t feel like I’m losing my beauty, it’s just a different kind of beauty… We evolve and we age, and this is part of the process… Aging is not about losing your beauty.”
“I think aging is something that you either have to decide that you like it or you don’t. It’s a choice,” she said in the NPR interview.
“I like that people are comfortable with me getting older. I think that’s an important message for all of us that we get older and we are beautiful.”
Andie MacDowell’s new silver hairdo is stunning. Thank you for telling women they should embrace becoming older.
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