13 Celebrities Who Have Embraced Aging

As women we tend to focus on aging as an only negative experience. These celebrities are looking at it from a different perspective.

We bring you 13 celebrities — 39 years of age and counting — who have offered up valid reasons to embrace your age, while looking forward to what is coming next…

jennifer aniston

“I’ve had more fun post-40 than I can remember. From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.”

Jennifer Aniston, 46

Valerie Bertinelli

“It’s an old cliche, but you really do get better as you age. I wish I had the body and the face of that 20-year-old. I’m so glad I don’t have her brain. I feel, not necessarily smarter, but more settled and informed than when I was that age. Everything was about “What do people think of me?” Now I’m calmer. Hopefully, I’ve gotten a little more grace.”

Valerie Bertinelli, 55,

paulina porsikova

“I realize I’m blessed to even be in the position to age. To age is a privilege, not a birthright, even though most of us in the civilized world seem to forget this.”

Paulina Porizkova, 50

chelsea handler

“As you get older, you get better at so many things. My friends who are older than me — which is most of them — are a lot more caustic than they used to be. But a lot of them only became great when they turned 40. Everything is a little bit sexier when you’re older. You’re sexier. You’re more confident. You can do what you want.”

Chelsea Handler, 40,

Elle

“I feel better now than I’ve ever felt. I look at pictures of myself when I was younger and I think, ‘God, I was so gorgeous there, but I didn’t feel it.’ Or, ‘Wow, I look so much better now.’ I was such a dork and I can see insecurity written all over my face, trying to be something I wasn’t – even though at the time I thought I was cool.”

Elle Macpherson, 51

 Michelle Pfeiffer

“The overriding, positive thing about turning 50 is that you go from ‘You don’t look your age’ to ‘You look pretty darn good for your age.’ There’s this tremendous pressure off — you deserve to have a wrinkle, you deserve to have a little pooch on your tummy.”

Michelle Pfeiffer, 57

Diane Lane

“I take comfort that aging happens to everybody. It’s part of life. Yes, it bothers me when I have lines or puffiness or droops. But it connects me with the human race. Just like the weather is the great equalizer, so is aging.”

Diane Lane, 50

Kim Cattrall,

“My 40s were pretty great, but now, in my 50s…there comes this wonderful self-knowledge. You’re not trying to be somebody else, or do something else with your life. You think: Here I am. I’ve gone through this, I’ve survived that, and I know who I am now.”

Kim Cattrall, 58

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Getting older. It’s like, ‘Yeah, this is who I am, f— off.’ As opposed to, ‘This is who I am, I’m sorry.’ You know, there’s something about getting older and owning who you are that is a good thing.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 54

Charlize Theron

“I was always in a rush. I felt like time was going to run out. Now that I’m older, I know I’m not missing out on anything. Now, I go home, and that feels really good. When I hit 30, I realized I didn’t have to please everybody. I could actually enjoy life, which is not a bad thing at all.”

Charlize Theron, 39

jennifer lopez

“When I was in my 20s I wasn’t sure of myself. Now I can really stretch. I don’t have to stay in the box. At this point I can say to myself, So what if I fall, so what? I’m going to get back up.”

Jennifer Lopez, 45

Gwyneth Paltrow

“I feel more in proportion now than I was when I was 20, so I feel better in a bathing suit now than I did before I had kids. But I think one of the most beautiful things about growing up is this self-acceptance that starts to happen.”

Gwyneth Paltrow, 42

Lauren Hutton

“I actually have better sex — which is the bottom line, is it not? … Because you learn how to, you know, work the vehicle better.”

Lauren Hutton, 71