Jamie Lee Curtis talks about aging naturally

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Actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis, who turns 50 this year, is one of the few Hollywood stars who isn’t chock foll o’ Botox and silicone- and now she’s going public with how she feels about aging and beauty. Curtis appears on this month’s cover of AARP magazine topless, with little makeup and zero airbrushing. You know, like normal people.

jamieleecurtis.jpgActress Jamie Lee Curtis has once again decided to bare her soul – and body – to convince women that they will be their most beautiful if they take care of their bodies and age naturally.

The star, whose curves turned heads in such early films as Trading Places and Perfect, will help celebrate her 50th birthday in November by posing gray-haired and topless on the cover of the May-June issue of “AARP The Magazine“, available March 24.

She made a similar splash in More Magazine in 2002 when she appeared makeup-free and unretouched in a sports bra and briefs, drawing attention at the time to her “fatty little tummy” and other flaws. The point, Curtis tells PEOPLE, is that glam isn’t real, but good health is.

Curtis Drops 20 Pounds on a Simple Diet

After learning her cholesterol and blood pressure were too high about a year and a half ago, she dropped 20 pounds by giving up “fattening” foods that most Americans would consider relatively healthy – like crackers, bread and granola, which have white flour and sugar and are surprisingly high in fat. She hopes American women will learn from her example.

She also gave away her uncomfortable shoes and most of her jewelry. For one, she doesn’t wear them (save for her wedding band, a necklace with a charm for her daughters, diamond earrings and a watch), and also because she wants to lighten her load off the scale. “I’ve had the experience of going into people’s homes after they’ve died, and I’m amazed at the number of things people amass and never look at again. And I’m just not that person,” Curtis says.

“I’m like the Terminator, that’s what I am,” she adds. “I should have a TV show where I go into people’s houses and terminate their possessions.”


[From People]

There is something to be said for taking care of yourself and feeling confident in the body you were born with–regardless of age. It’s sexy as hell! I think Helen Mirren is another great example of this – she looked amazing at the Oscars last month. Compare photos of Jamie to other celebs who are fighting the natural process of aging– such as Nicole Kidman and Janice Dickinson– and she blows them away. I wish more actresses would follow Jamie’s example.

Note by Celebitchy: I love how Jamie Lee Curtis has never been afraid to show her body. She is making an important statement about how normal women shouldn’t feel bad when confronted by the Hollywood ideal, which is unnatural for older women in particular. Here’s a quote from her 2002 More Magazine interview where she posed in just bike shorts and a bra with no makeup:

“There’s a reality to the way I look without my clothes on,” she says. “I don’t have great thighs. I have very big breasts and a soft, fatty little tummy. And I’ve got back fat. People assume that I’m walking around in little spaghetti-strap dresses. It’s insidious — Glam Jamie, the Perfect Jamie, the great figure, blah, blah, blah. And I don’t want the unsuspecting 40-year-old women of the world to think that I’ve got it going on. It’s such a fraud. And I’m the one perpetuating it.”

[More Magazine via Ladies Home Journal]

Jamie Lee Curtis is shown on 10/4/07 at the Visionary Ball, thanks to PRPhotos.

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  1. Syko says:

    I applaud her. And she looks 1000 times better natural than much younger women with their botox and sculpted faces.

  2. Granger says:

    Love, love, LOVE her. And the thing is, for all her wrinkles and grey hair, she’s such a beautiful woman! I don’t care what anyone says, I think she looks much nicer than the celebs who are addicted to Botox and plastic surgery. They really do start to look very stiff, and then there are the women with big fake lips… I watched a bio of Meg Ryan the other day, and I was shocked at the difference between the cute, young Meg and the plastic, fish-lips 40-something Meg. I think she’s toned the lips down a bit, but for a while there, they were HUGE — and not even remotely attractive.

    It’s just so sad that women in Hollywood think surgery makes them look younger, when in reality, it just makes them look cartoonish.

  3. Bodhi says:

    *sigh*. I love her. I really wish more female celebs would embrace her attitude.

  4. Bodhi says:

    I know! People age, its just how it is. People who try to turn back the clock & pretend it doesn’t happen(Demi, I’m looking at you) just end up looking ridiculous

  5. UrbanRube says:

    I love her, love her weird, brilliant husband, and love her attitude. But let’s face it: she and Helen Mirren are genetically gifted. No matter how naturally she ages, she will always have the bone-structure and height advantage.

  6. Erica says:

    I think she looks more beautiful now than she ever did. And much more lovely than the botox crew. Good for her for being comfortable in her own skin.

  7. anonymous says:

    She’s lining herself up for a boatload of work in 15 years when you can’t find anyone to look like a grandma. Kudos to her. And I find her looks refreshing.

  8. Megan says:

    She’s great, the celebrities that get botox and face lifts and lip plumps all just look like old women with plastic surgery, they don’t look young. And everyone knows how old you are anyway, so it’s not like you’re fooling anyone! Everyone knows you got plastic surgery. I think Jamie Lee looks fantastic.

  9. anon69 says:

    you rock Jamie Lee, you are one hot bitch!

  10. Breederina says:

    She’s great and every thing she says about keeping your body healthy is true. BTW Helen Mirren is 5’4″.

  11. Kate says:

    Self-confidence is so much more attractive than artificial youth.

  12. Anastasia says:

    GOD I LOVE HER. She’s so awesome. Rock on with yer bad self, Jamie Lee. I’m not planning on doing any of that botox, restalyne, face lift bullshit to my face. I’m earning every single damn wrinkle and I’m gonna flaunt it, baby. I love that there’s a woman out there who isn’t all pulled and tucked and injected to look like some sort of alien instead of a 50 year old woman.

    I’m 37, btw, and I say if you want to look younger longer, stay out of the damn sun and don’t smoke. Period. You’ll have the last laugh on the tanning smoking crowd, believe me.

  13. MaiGirl says:

    God, she is so right on the money. Fighting the Hollywood pressure on women to look “young” artificially is a brave and revolutionary act, and I unreservedly applaud it.

    One to add to the frightening list: Priscilla Presley. I have to avert my eyes from her face during her performances on DWTS. She is painful to look at.

  14. adamblast says:

    Rock on, Jamie Lee!

    Isn’t it amazing how someone with two movie-star parents, raised in the middle of Hollywood, a star herself, can turn out to be so grounded in reality and normal?

    Sad that more Hollywood women aren’t emulating her.

  15. Dee says:

    Finally, a realist in society.

    But I have to say, she still looks great anyway you see it. When I saw her in True Lies, I thought she was the prettiest damn thing.
    Her body in that film (even if touched up) was AMAZING.

    Go fourth and propser, Jamie Lee.

  16. ER says:

    She’s beautiful and a great actress. I’ve loved her ever since “Trading Places”.

  17. Monalicious says:

    Her hair is amazing…… I’m 34 and going gray-white like crazy, and I’m spending a fortune trying to hide it. I wish I had the confedence Jamie has and just be “gray-haired me”. On her, it looks sexy. But I have noticed in life, some of the people I allways thought were “sexy” didn’t allways look sexy. A lot of times, it was their self-confedence and the confert they felt about themselves. And Jamie’s got that in spades!!!

  18. Rianna says:

    she looks better than i will at that age.

  19. Julia says:

    Thanks God there is somebody sane out there! :-)

  20. Loob says:

    “She’s lining herself up for a boatload of work in 15 years when you can’t find anyone to look like a grandma. Kudos to her.”

    That is a damn good point! There won’t be any other pretty yet believable grandma-like actresses out there! It’s a great idea.

  21. Sarah says:

    I think that Jamie is refreshingly honest. Don’t we all get older? With that comes the grey hair and a few wrinkles. I am just about to be 40(hurrah!), and have that same hair cut as she does and they grey hair to match, but most women I know are horrified that I won’t colour my hair – but who wants all of those toxic chemicals floating around their body? Not me! I take extremely good care of my self – inside and out – and am always being told I look at least 10 years younger than I am, which is wonderful and more than an ego boost than botox could ever be. I say “embrace getting older and the knowledge that comes with it”.

  22. Granger says:

    Just want to reiterate how much I love Jamie. But I don’t want to be naive about her (or other “natural” celebs), either. Because she certainly doesn’t live the life of your average, everyday person. She has a lot of money, so let’s face it, she’s fairly pampered. That is, I doubt she cleans her own toilets, and she probably has a gym in her house (or at least a personal trainer), and she might even employ a private chef to make fabulously healthy meals for her family. She doesn’t work a 9-5 job, with only two weeks’ holidays a year; in fact, she probably only works a few weeks a year, so she has a lot more time than most to go for long, therapeutic walks, get facials at the spa, and relax.

    Don’t get me wrong — I still think it’s amazing that she’s taken this stand against plastic surgery and is trying to show the average American woman that it’s nicer to age gracefully. I’m just saying, let’s not forget that she’s STILL coming at things from a very priveleged starting point!

  23. frewt says:

    It’s such a fraud. And I’m the one perpetuating it.”

    I love that she realised that and takes a stand against it. That sums up exactly the issue I have with celebrities like Kidman who have crap loads of cosmetic tweaking and then tell the rest of us that they’re completely ‘natural’. Its bullshit designed to make the rest of us feel inferior.

  24. L. Yasin says:

    According to MSN Jamie Lee did have some plastic surgery for “bags under her eyes” and she regrets it. After a bout of addiction to the pain killers she can speak from experience and embraces “aging gracefully”.
    BTW keeping up on your folic acid will keep your hair from graying prematurely…exercise and eating right and lots of sunscreen makes someone who is 50 outshine a lot of the 20 year olds I’ve seen. That is just sad but at least it isn’t too late!!! You rock JLC!

  25. Rie says:

    Ms. Curtis,

    I am a 39 year old mother of 4 children (ages 11/5/4/3) I love all of the books you have written and have a great idea for a book of my own. I would love to pitch you the idea and hope we could collaborate and create another great story for children.

    Do you actually reply to any of these comments?

  26. Baines says:

    I think Jamie is absolutely fantastic. I have always admired her. Enjoy watching her anywhere whether it be the movies, tv or like i said anywhere.

  27. william chalfan says:

    i made 50 too and can appreciate her point of view. even if ms. curtis wasn’t still hott and sexy!