In an interview with journalist Maria Shriver for the Radically Reframing Aging Summit, actress Jamie Lee Curtis spoke out as an advocate for natural beauty. She urged a shift from anti-aging rhetoric and discussed the importance of changing our outlook on aging.
“This word ‘anti-aging’ has to just be struck. What … is anti-aging? I am pro-aging,” Curtis said.
“I want to age with intelligence and grace and dignity and verve and energy. I don’t want to hide from it.”
On Facebook, commenters praised the star for her stance.
“Kudos to her! I am so sad to see so many people, both celebrities and ‘regular’ people who constantly use fillers, botox, plastic surgery, etc in an attempt to keep themselves looking as though they’re not aging. EVERYONE AGES! It’s a fact of life,” one commenter said on the Today Show’s post.
“To me, the most beautiful ones are people who have let it happen naturally.”
Another wrote, “I’ve always loved birthdays and getting older. It’s a blessing to wake up every day. It’s a (blessing) to age. So many people don’t get that gift.”
“We all get old. Take care of yourself. Eat healthier exercise. Who cares if u have wrinkles n gray hair. It’s beautiful,” one commenter said.
The five-day Radically Reframing Aging Summit aimed to, “reframe — and reclaim — aging for the health of ourselves, our world, and future generations.”
Along with Curtis, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn, Emmy-winning actor William Shatner and New York Times best-selling author Martha Beck among others were featured speakers at the summit.
Curtis also spoke about embracing her natural beauty and removing concealers in her upcoming film, “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
In a recently shared Instagram post, Curtis wrote, “In the world, there is an industry — a billion-dollar, trillion-dollar industry — about hiding things. Concealers. Body-shapers. Fillers. Procedures. Clothing. Hair accessories. Hair products. Everything to conceal the reality of who we are. And my instruction to everybody was: I want there to be no concealing of anything.”
Social media use has been linked to poor body image. Curtis sets an example for women by rejecting the idea that we need to hide who we are as we age, and that aging naturally and peacefully is aging beautifully.
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