I don’t know how they do it and I am completely jealous of their eternally youthful looks, but I also admire these long-standing actresses for their achievements over the years – as well as for still looking amazing after years in the business. The spotlight has been shining on these women for a lot longer than most yet they continue to shock me with how young and fresh they looked at the 2014 Oscars. I don’t want this blog post to be all about age and how these ladies ‘still’ look good after ‘all these years’, but it has surprised me how much more I enjoyed seeing these grown-up women on the red carpet in their gorgeous gowns compared to the barely-out-of-their-teens actresses that Hollywood seems to favour a little too often.
While I was flicking through images of the Oscars I was stopped in my tracks by some of the gorgeous women but I get rather tired of looking at a slightly grumpy Kristen Stewart or yet another snap of the ‘new fashionista’ Emma Watson so the first photo that I was taken aback by was this stunning image of Sandra Bullock. She doesn’t look a day older than when she started acting and looks effortlessly demure in a navy blue McQueen gown. I wish I looked this good right now, let alone in 20 years time! Where are her wrinkles? How is her skin glowing like that? Look at that healthy head of shiny hair! She can’t really be 49, can she?? I want to be Sandra Bullock and I don’t care who knows it!
Another woman who looks as fresh-faced and gorgeous as ever is Julia Roberts. At 46 years old she’s still one of the most stunning women on the red carpet and her mega-watt smile will always in demand – that’s the snap that every photographer is trying to get! With an amazing figure in her black lace Givenchy gown and time-defying skin, she has inspired me with her hardworking nature and ballsy attitude over the years. I’d rather see Julia on the red carpet, looking classically beautiful, than any of the young whipper-snappers that are coming up behind her.
The ultimate Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith couldn’t have looked better than when they strutted arm-in-arm down the red carpet at the Academy Awards. They both look amazing and Will is definitely still the Fresh Prince! If my hubby and I can still be this cute together in 15 years time I’ll be happy! I love their youthful energy and check out their fun attitude in this Oscars 2014 video on YouTube:
I think these women are an inspiration for women like me who are getting older and need to know that it’s okay to grow old gracefully and that it is possible to look your best at any age. Finally I’d like to include some of my favourite women – or should I say Hollywood stalwarts? – in this blog post. Here’s Liza Minelli who is the very definition of fabulous without worrying what others think (just look at that blue hair!), along with Glenn Close rocking her curves in this structured Zac Posen outfit and the ever cool Meryl Streep confidently wearing Lanvin. After years of hard work Meryl has become Hollywood royalty and walks the red carpet alongside women a third of her age whilst looking more amazing than all of them – and that can only be an inspiration to us all!
Images c/o The Guardian.com