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7 Celebrities Who Chose to Age Naturally – How Do They Look Now?

Milly Wanjiku Ndirangu
Jul 01, 2024
03:32 P.M.
  • In a world where youth and beauty are often prized, some celebrities have chosen to age gracefully and naturally.
  • These stars have embraced their wrinkles and gray hair, showcasing the beauty of authenticity.
  • Let’s explore how seven famous faces look now and what they have to say about their journey through the years.
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Aging in the public eye is no easy feat, especially in an industry obsessed with youthful appearances. Despite the pressures, some celebrities have decided to age naturally, rejecting the lure of plastic surgery. Their choices highlight a shift towards embracing authenticity and redefining beauty standards.

From Meryl Streep's timeless elegance to Jodie Foster's contentment with her 60s, these stars offer a refreshing perspective on growing older. By the end, we'll see how these timeless icons continue to shine without the aid of plastic surgery.

Meryl Streep attends the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 24, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep attends the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 24, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep - Embracing Natural Beauty at 75

Meryl Streep, often hailed as the greatest living actress, has an impressive career that spans decades. She has been nominated for the Academy Awards 21 times, winning three.

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Meryl Streep in 1979 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep in 1979 | Source: Getty Images

The seasoned actress boasts a total of 390 nominations and 185 awards. Known for her iconic roles in films like "Sophie's Choice" and "The Devil Wears Prada," Streep is a perfectionist who immerses herself deeply in her characters. But apart from being an exceptional actor, she has always been famous for her good looks.

Meryl Streep, circa 1980 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep, circa 1980 | Source: Getty Images

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Streep began her career in her 20s. Now 75, she still captures the hearts of audiences with her skill and elegance. Reflecting on her journey, she once said, "I thought each movie would be my last" as she neared 40, due to the industry's focus on youth.

Meryl Streep attends the Ninth Annual NATO/ShoWest Convention on November 3, 1983 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep attends the Ninth Annual NATO/ShoWest Convention on November 3, 1983 | Source: Getty Images

Instead of resorting to drastic measures, Streep chose to let nature take its course. She's openly criticized the pressure put on women in the industry to look forever young, even coining the term "Victoria's Secret syndrome" to describe this phenomenon.

Meryl Streep attends the Robert De Niro Sr. painting exhibition on May 16, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep attends the Robert De Niro Sr. painting exhibition on May 16, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

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Despite all this, she finds joy in the rich, interesting roles she gets to play. Streep's admirers often compliment her timeless beauty, which affirms her stance that growing older naturally is a cause for celebration.

Meryl Streep attends a photocall for "Into The Woods" on January 7, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep attends a photocall for "Into The Woods" on January 7, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Comments on social media include, "Meryl Streep still looks beautiful in her old age," and "Meryl Streep doesn’t age at all." Another admirer remarked, "Meryl Streep doesn't age hey," reflecting the widespread admiration for her natural grace.

Streep's embrace of her age makes a bold statement in a world that's fixated on staying young. Here is a picture comparison of Streep that shows how she looked in her early 30s versus how she looks now in her 70s.

Meryl Streep in 1980 | Meryl Streep now | Source: Getty Images

Meryl Streep in 1980 | Meryl Streep now | Source: Getty Images

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This message echoes Diane Keaton, another iconic actress who has also accepted her natural appearance and distinctive fashion sense.

Diane Keaton - Unchanging Style at 78

Keaton, known for her quirky fashion and distinctive acting style, has been a Hollywood icon since the 1960s. Her iconic role in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" didn't just earn her an Oscar; it also sparked a trend with her trademark androgynous outfits.

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in the film "Annie Hall" in 1977 | Source: Getty Images

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in the film "Annie Hall" in 1977 | Source: Getty Images

Throughout her career, Keaton has shined in many unforgettable movies, like "Reds," "The Family Stone," and "Something's Gotta Give." Now at 78, Keaton's approach to aging is as individualistic as her fashion.

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She confidently sticks to her unique style, famously responding with a firm "Hell no, not at all," when asked if her fashion choices have changed. Keaton celebrates her natural appearance, including her silver hair, and has moved away from the revealing outfits of her youth.

Diane Keaton attends the 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1995 | Source: Getty Images

Diane Keaton attends the 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1995 | Source: Getty Images

Keaton's views on plastic surgery are clear, "No. My feeling is that everybody has their hands and their hands are always at the face, so if the hands don't match the face it's a little weird."

Diane Keaton attends the "Hanging Up" premiere in 2000 | Source: Getty Images

Diane Keaton attends the "Hanging Up" premiere in 2000 | Source: Getty Images

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Keaton has often spoken about the benefits of aging, sharing wisdom in various interviews. She believes in staying curious and engaged, saying, "The overall trick is to stay curious, energized, and engaged, and to let go of your concerns as much as possible."

Diane Keaton attends ELLE's 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute on October 18, 2010  | Source: Getty Images

Diane Keaton attends ELLE's 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute on October 18, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Her fans appreciate her authenticity and natural beauty, with comments like, "Always so beautiful, natural, and unique," and "You look gorgeous." One admirer on X noted, "Diane hasn't even aged one bit; she still looks absolutely gorgeous and amazing."

Diane Keaton, circa 1970 | Diane Keaton in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Diane Keaton, circa 1970 | Diane Keaton in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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Keaton's approach to aging naturally connects with Justine Bateman's philosophy on natural beauty. Bateman, too, has taken a firm stand against cosmetic procedures, promoting self-acceptance and authenticity.

Justine Bateman - Advocating Natural Beauty at 58

Bateman is known for her roles in "Family Ties," "Satisfaction," and "Arrested Development." The actress has transitioned from acting to writing, directing, and producing.

Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton in "Family Ties," circa 1982 | Source: Getty Images

Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton in "Family Ties," circa 1982 | Source: Getty Images

At 58, she is a vocal advocate for natural aging, rejecting the societal pressures that push women toward cosmetic procedures. Bateman's journey toward embracing her natural appearance began with a startling discovery at age 42.

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She googled her name and was shocked to see "Justine Bateman looks old" as a suggested search. Reflecting on this experience, she said, "I thought my face looked fine."

Justine Bateman during Stuff Magazine Takes Over Santa Monica Pier on July 18, 2001  | Source: Getty Images

Justine Bateman during Stuff Magazine Takes Over Santa Monica Pier on July 18, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Despite public scrutiny, Bateman chose to accept her aging face. She emphasizes that cosmetic surgery would undermine her authenticity and authority. "I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence," she asserts.

Justine Bateman during the "Hancock" on June 30, 2008  | Source: Getty Images

Justine Bateman during the "Hancock" on June 30, 2008 | Source: Getty Images

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Bateman is also concerned about the impact of cosmetic procedures on younger women. In her book, she questions why young women feel compelled to use Botox and fillers before their wrinkles appear. "I feel sad that they're not just enjoying life," she says.

Justine Bateman attends the Miami Book Fair in 2018  | Source: Getty Images

Justine Bateman attends the Miami Book Fair in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Bateman believes that trying to please others through surgery only distances individuals from their true selves. "I think getting all this plastic surgery is just people-pleasing," she states.

Justine Bateman attends the "Violet" photo call on September 9, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Justine Bateman attends the "Violet" photo call on September 9, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

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Fans on social media have praised Bateman's stance on natural aging. One admirer wrote, "Good for her! No giving in to crazy surgeries. How refreshing. She's an inspiration!" Another commented, "I think Justine Bateman looks beautiful."

Photo comparison of Justine Bateman, then and now | Source: Getty Images

Photo comparison of Justine Bateman, then and now | Source: Getty Images

Bateman's commitment to authenticity and natural aging is shared by Sally Field, another actress who has chosen to age gracefully without surgical enhancements.

Sally Field - Celebrating Natural Aging at 77

Field, best known for her roles in "Forrest Gump" and "Lincoln," has had a long and illustrious career in Hollywood. At 77, she continues to captivate audiences with her talent and charm, all while embracing her natural aging process.

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Sally Field, circa 1965 | Source: Getty Images

Sally Field, circa 1965 | Source: Getty Images

Field has always been candid about her feelings on aging. In a 2016 interview, she discussed her role in "Hello, My Name Is Doris." In the film, she played a woman in her late 60s.

Sally Field attends the "Hello, My Name Is Doris" premiere on March 14, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Sally Field attends the "Hello, My Name Is Doris" premiere on March 14, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

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Reflecting on this and her own age, she said, "I'm an old woman, 70 is old, and that's OK." Field embraces her years, valuing the wisdom and experiences they've brought her.

Sally Field at the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour on January 16, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Sally Field at the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour on January 16, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

She acknowledges the challenges of aging but accepts them with grace, saying, "I don't like my neck, I don't like a lot of things, but it's OK." In another interview, Field revealed that she has no interest in plastic surgery, preferring to age naturally.

Sally Field attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Sally Field attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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She once commented on her decision, "I see myself on TV and I say, 'Oh, I wish that weren't happening to my neck. And your face is falling down, and your eyes are so puffy.'" Despite these observations, she remains steadfast in her choice to avoid surgical interventions.

Sally Field in 1979 | Sally Field in 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Sally Field in 1979 | Sally Field in 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Field's dedication to authenticity in aging is mirrored by Sarah Jessica Parker, who also embraces her natural look and has spoken out against the double standards women face regarding aging.

Sarah Jessica Parker - Confronting Double Standards at 59

Parker, celebrated for her iconic role in "Sex and the City," has faced intense scrutiny over her appearance as she ages. At 59, she has become a symbol of natural aging. She openly challenges the double standards in Hollywood regarding beauty and age.

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Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Vanity Fair Magazine Party on October 7, 1987 | Source: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Vanity Fair Magazine Party on October 7, 1987 | Source: Getty Images

In a 2023 interview, Parker shared her thoughts on cosmetic procedures. She admits she has considered them but ultimately decided against it. "I think about all of it. I ask people all the time, like, 'Is it too late?'" she said. She thinks she should have done it at 44.

Sarah Jessica Parker attends 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 | Source: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker attends 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 | Source: Getty Images

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Parker explained that she understands why some choose cosmetic enhancements, acknowledging the intense scrutiny women face. "There's so much emphasis put on, especially women and primarily women about looks," she remarked, highlighting the disparity between how aging men and women are perceived.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 5, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 5, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Parker also pointed out the double standards in media coverage. She shared an incident where her gray hair was a topic of discussion while her friend Andy Cohen's gray hair went unnoticed.

Andy Cohen and Sarah Jessica Parker attend The 2024 Met Gala on May 6, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Andy Cohen and Sarah Jessica Parker attend The 2024 Met Gala on May 6, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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"Why is it okay for him?" she questioned, emphasizing the unfair expectations placed on women to look perpetually young. Despite this, Parker embraces her natural aging process. "My face is my face. It is what it is," she stated firmly.

Sarah Jessica Parker on January 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker on January 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Fans frequently support Parker's stance on social media, with comments like, "You always look stunning and radiant!" and "Sarah Jessica Parker is so beautiful looking at her is like staring straight into the sun." These affirmations reflect a growing appreciation for authenticity over cosmetic alterations.

Sarah Jessica Parker circa 1990 | Sarah Jessica Parker in 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker circa 1990 | Sarah Jessica Parker in 2023 | Source: Getty Images

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Parker's embrace of natural aging is echoed by Barbra Streisand, another legendary figure who has remained true to herself and avoided altering her appearance despite industry pressures.

Barbra Streisand - Defying Beauty Norms at 82

Barbra Streisand, an entertainment legend, has built her career on her immense talent and unique appearance. The iconic singer, actress, and filmmaker, has consistently defied Hollywood's beauty standards throughout her career.

Barbra Streisand in 1960 | Source: Getty Images

Barbra Streisand in 1960 | Source: Getty Images

At 82, she remains a powerful advocate for natural beauty, resisting industry pressure to alter her looks. Throughout her career, Streisand has been encouraged to change her appearance to fit Hollywood's conventional beauty standards. However, she has always refused.

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Barbra Streisand in 1990 | Source: Getty Images

Barbra Streisand in 1990 | Source: Getty Images

In her memoir, "My Name Is Barbra," she wrote, "I thought, 'Isn't my talent enough? A nose job would hurt and be expensive.'" Streisand feared that any alterations might impact her iconic singing voice, and she cherished her distinctive features. She added, "I liked long noses... and everyone seemed to think [Silvana Mangano] was beautiful."

Barbra Streisand at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held on March 7, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Barbra Streisand at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held on March 7, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

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In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Streisand elaborated on her decision. "From certain angles, I liked my nose—still do. Some people would tell me, 'You could take the bump off.' And I would say, 'But I like the bump,'" she said.

Barbra Streisand during the Genesis Prize Award Dinner on June 6, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Barbra Streisand during the Genesis Prize Award Dinner on June 6, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Her natural approach to aging extends to her overall appearance, as she finds the idea of undergoing surgery to alter her looks unsettling. She revealed, "You get older, and it's a bit of a shock. I still feel so young inside. And that's me in the mirror?"

Barbara Streisand, circa 1980 | Barbara Streisand in 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Barbara Streisand, circa 1980 | Barbara Streisand in 2012 | Source: Getty Images

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Despite people, even those close to her, criticizing her looks, she remained true to herself. Her commitment to natural beauty resonates with Jodie Foster. Foster also values authenticity and has embraced the aging process without cosmetic interventions.

Jodie Foster - Finding Contentment at 61

Foster, a two-time Oscar winner who began her career at age two, has spent her life in the public eye. Now at 61, she embraces aging with a sense of contentment and confidence. She has chosen to forgo cosmetic surgery in favor of authenticity.

Jodie Foster, circa 1990 | Source: Getty Images

Jodie Foster, circa 1990 | Source: Getty Images

Foster has found joy and fulfillment as she ages. Reflecting on turning 60, she said, "I didn't realize that I would be happier than I've ever been. There's a kind of contentedness."

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She acknowledges that the pressures of Hollywood can be intense, particularly for women. However, she's found a new perspective in her later years. She values the life experiences reflected in her face.

Jodie Foster attends the opening night of the 2015 Athena Film Festival on February 5, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Jodie Foster attends the opening night of the 2015 Athena Film Festival on February 5, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Despite the pressures to look young, Foster remains committed to her natural appearance. She once remarked, "I'd rather have somebody go, 'Wow, that girl has a bad nose' than 'Wow, that girl has a bad nose job.'"

Jodie Foster at the 81st Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Jodie Foster at the 81st Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Foster's stance on cosmetic procedures is clear: she prefers to remain true to herself, rather than altering her appearance to meet societal expectations.

Jodie Foster in 1995 | Jodie Foster in 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Jodie Foster in 1995 | Jodie Foster in 2023 | Source: Getty Images

In an industry often dominated by an obsession with youth, these seven celebrities stand out for their choice to age naturally. They have each embraced the beauty of aging, rejecting the pressures to alter their appearances through cosmetic surgery.

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