Kate Winslet, 37
Chill out, by including the lovely Kate Winslet in this list, I am not saying that she is old. In fact, I thought I should throw in someone a little younger in this list. Winslet makes me feel like being in your 30s could be awesome. That combined with her stance on the importance of having a positive body image gives me hope for all of us.
Vanessa Williams, 49
Love her. Loved how on Desperate Housewives she played a character who made no apologies for dating men of all ages. And even in the episode where she felt old because her ex husband started dating a younger woman, she snapped out of her moping and realized screw it, I’m awesome.
Mariska Hargitay, 49
Mariska has never been one to hide from wrinkles. And she plays one of the most badass female characters on television (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.) And she once said, “Some days having that extra bowl of pasta and a Reese’s peanut butter cup means more to me than being thin.” And that makes me happy.
Maria Bello, 45
She’s always been a champion for women being comfortable in their ages. I interviewed her once and she wasn’t wearing any makeup and she looked freakin’ beautiful. She said, to paraphrase, that actresses in their 40s need to stop trying to be actresses in their 20s because it’s not benefiting anyone. She’s a firm believer that life for women doesn’t end at 40.
I’m afraid of aging. But you either age or you die. You can’t get younger. Let’s get some more women like these in starring roles, and on magazine covers. And without the excessive Photoshop. Though that’s a whole other story.
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