Stars who going grey gracefully unlike Madonna
February 8, 2023 10:14 PM
Madonna's unrecognizable face at the Grammys has sparked speculations about the procedures she's had to hold back the years, according to a UK newspaper. Though the pressure to stay looking youthful in the spotlight is undoubtedly high, other famous faces have embraced a more natural kind of beauty on hitting their 60s.
While it's rare to find a star who hasn't taken advantage of the best skincare experts and aestheticians and the jabs, lasers and reviving facial peels they have in their arsenal, a swathe of famous faces prove that you can keep things subtle, The Daily Mail reported.
Jamie Lee Curtis is the same age as Madonna, 64, has had Botox in the past, but admitted that the procedure left her feeling worse about herself and is a vocal advocate for ‘not to damage with your face’. She revealed that a cameraman's comments about her puffy eyes on the set of Perfect in 1985 led her to make some changes. But she later detailed her plastic surgery regrets, including Botox and lipo. She admitted that the cosmetic procedures made her 'feel worse' and lamented: "It didn't work, I hated it!"
"Ten years ago, before anybody did that, I had fat taken from underneath my eyes because I was on a movie and I was puffy. ... And I can remember the cameraman saying, "I can't shoot her". I remember being mortified," she told More magazine in 2002 "I've had a little lipo. I've had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it. It's such a fraud. And I'm the one perpetuating it."
Jamie also spoke to Fast Company about her stance on plastic surgery and trendy cosmetic procedures. "The current trend of fillers and procedures, and this obsession with filtering, and the things that we do to adjust our appearance on Zoom are wiping out generations of beauty."
Andie MacDowell has also taken a strong stance on embracing real age and has been rocking her natural hair too. In 2021, the Groundhog actress wowed the red carpet when she debuted a more natural grey hue at the Cannes Festival.
She decided to embrace her salt and pepper curls after tiring of her colour routine during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. She revealed last year that she felt much 'more comfortable' with the more natural look, admitting she really liked it.
Emma Thompson also embraced the ageing process, sporting grey streaks in her sandy hair and dressing age-appropriately. The actress looks great every time she hits the red carpet, not letting her fine lines stopping her from looking glamourous. Talking to The Wrap last year, Thompson, 63, said plastic surgery was a form of 'collective psychosis.'
"Why would you do that to yourself, I simply don't understand,' she said. 'I do honestly think the cutting of yourself off to put it in another place in order to avoid appearing to do what you're actually doing, which is aging, which is completely natural, is a form of collective psychosis.
"I really do think it's a very strange thing to do,' she added, specifying that she's always felt that way. She also said she was proud that her 2022 movie God Luck to You, Leo Grande, showed her nude 'untreated body."
Sharon Stone has admitted to struggling with her ageing looks in the past. Admitting she has previously dabbled with tweakments, including Botox, the star, 64, explained the stroke she went through in 2001 completely changed her relationship with cosmetic surgery.
However, in recent years, she has sported a more natural look on the red carpet and doesn't seem to be worried about her fine lines or crows feet anymore. She told Vogue Arabia's September issue in 2022: "Life doesn’t always make you feel like a winner as you grow older."
The actress had to have 300 shots of Botox and filler to reconstruct her face after the stroke. She said it transformed the tweakments from 'cute luxury to some kind of massive, painful neurological need.' She also revealed that she has learned to embrace her body as she grows older, and even had a spat with a younger lover about it. Asked if she had had Botox, she said: 'It would probably be really good for your ego and mine if I di .'the pair stopped seeing each other shortly after that.
Denise Welch has opened up about having eye surgery for her 50th birthday, but has advised Loose Women viewers against trying fillers in the past. She has been sporting a white bob for years, relying on makeup to entertain her healthy glow without surgical enhancements, saying she found it empowering to showcase her body as it looks now that she is in her 60s.
Appearing on Kaye Adams' How To Be 60 podcast, she spoke candidly about feeling comfortable in her own skin and embracing ageing. "'If anybody says that I help to empower women then that's a badge I'll wear. "I get so much flack for still posing in swimsuits at 64 but I don't care because if one person says 'I was feeling really low on myself and I saw you in a swimsuit and you're in your sixties... And you know, I don't filter them - partly because I don't know how to," she explained.
Sean Bean once said he wouldn't be touching up his face. His craggy looks have earned him many roles as a hard man. While he was crowned, 2004's Sexiest Man Alive, once dubbed 'Mean Sting' for his long blonde hair by the Times, Bean has embraced a conservative attitude to ageing, promoting natural ages over any tweakments.
The actor has been vocal about his disdain for plastic surgery in the past. In 2015, he told The Times: "You look at all the old actors: Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton. I think of Pete Postlethwaite. Face like granite. An in-cre-dible actor. And I think: "Nooor! Pete wouldn’t have done that!". In the same interview, he also insisted he doesn't dye his hair, however, nearly eight years on, his blonde hair remains.
Tom Hanks seems to have embraced natural ageing as well. The Big actor has played everyone and everything, from the romantic lead to a toy cow-boy and soldiers. Some Hollywood big names might be tempted to chase youth with a few discreet treatments, but now 66, he appears he has embraced his age.
The Sleepless in Seattle actor has been sporting salt and pepper streaks in his hair for years, and while he looks great, his skin has become to show the signs of ageing. The big screen's every man is not one to dwell on his looks, and has scarcely discussed them. But the actor's sudden weight loss worried fans last year, who noted that he appeared to have 'aged all of a sudden' at the Elvis' movie premiere on the Gold Coast.
Bryan Cranston has also sported a grey mane for some time, has been open about trying to keep fit as he's grown older. The Breaking Bad actor, was spotted looking dapper during an outing in Houston with his co-star Aaron Paul in January, in spite of crow's feet and lines being a testament to the years he's lived. He told the Financial Times in 2014 that he tried to run as much as possible and observed a healthy diet.
Meanwhile, when asked about whether he'd have cosmetic surgery, the Malcom In The Middle actor joked he wanted the same breasts as Pamela Anderson, indicating he had little interest in going under the knife. "Challenging myself is important. The problem with getting older is the tendency to stop exploring: this is what I do, what I eat, where I go.
"With something new, you allow yourself to be a beginner again. It’s really humbling, and important you don’t think there’s nothing new for you to learn," he said.
Peter Capaldi has always had an older man quality about him. The Glasgow actor, 64, was famously thought by fans to be to old to take on the role of Doctor Who when he joined the BBC series in 2013. At the time, he was 55, ten years younger than he is now. Yet, he went on to play the iconic role for four years, until he was replaced by Jodie Whittacker in 2018.
In 2014, the actor revealed he himself thought he was too old to take the role from Matt Smith, who was 31 at the time he left the role. "I wouldn’t have thought it would be me.” Why not? “Because of my age. I would have thought they were automatically heading younger,' he told Entertainment Weekly at the time.