On a daily basis, women are inundated with advertisements trying to sell us anti-aging products, and messages about the importance of daily routines, diets and more to stay looking as young as possible for as long as possible.
But women such as Cindy Crawford, Cher and Jennifer Aniston have spoken out against society's absurd refusal to just let women age and be proud of it.
For example, Crawford recently spoke to Refinery29 about facing unrealistic pressures: "There is a lot of pressure on women to, well, not age," she says. "I am probably even more sensitive to it — but you can't keep chasing this impossible thing."
We've rounded up more empowering quotes from these women and beyond to remind people to feel beautiful and powerful inside and out — no matter what their age.
1. Cher: "I do think that when it comes to aging, we're held to a different standard than men. Some guy said to me: ‘Don't you think you're too old to sing rock n' roll?’ I said: ‘You'd better check with Mick Jagger’.”
In Fifty on Fifty: Wisdom, Inspiration, and Reflections on Women's Lives Well Lived by Bonnie Miller Rubin, Cher commented on the different standards men and women face with regards to aging. Whether it's about women's looks, talents, careers, or what have you — we think Cher summed it up just right.
2. Jennifer Aniston: "There is also this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. I think what I have been witness to, is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting s**t into my face."
In 2014, Jennifer Aniston spoke with Bobbi Brown in an interview for Yahoo! Beauty. Brown was "interested in the self-esteem issues women face," and asked Aniston how she felt seeing herself in paparazzi photos and how it affects her self-esteem. Aniston responded with the above sentiment, adding:
"I also understand that age is kind of awesome. I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem, who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet, and doesn't touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, all of these fabulous fearless women who are flawless, they embrace it! You know, to each their own; I don't judge it if you do it, but sometimes I wish I could beg the people I know, who I am very near and dear to, to not touch their face ... I think fashion people need to start incorporating all ages, not just these 20-something perfect people, or not just for anti-aging [ads]. Represent beauty in all ages! You know what I mean?"
3. Julianna Marguilies: "If I wasn’t aging, I wouldn’t be living. You have to embrace it. Hopefully, I will age. What are my other choices?"
"When my mom turned 70, she gave me some very good advice. She said, 'Don't ever waste your time thinking you are old.' She said she would have treated 60 differently knowing what she knew when she turned 70; the same with turning 60 and 50. She's really instilled in me not to waste my time thinking about it."
4. Cindy Crawford: "It’s not about looking 20, or looking 30, 40, or 50, it’s about looking like you take care of yourself. Exercising, eating right, taking care of your skin — that is looking great at every age, and that’s the message that I really believe in, partly because I’m getting older."
In Crawford's recent interview with Refinery29, the supermodel "Crawford did not mince words, discussing everything from the negative effects of body pressure put on models today to the industry's need to continue down an inclusive path."
When asked about society's changing views on aging, she adds, "As much as I try to take care of myself, I still don't look like my daughter when I wake up in the morning — and I don't want to feel bad about that."
5. Oprah: "For sure we live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we're not young and glowing and 'hot,' we don't matter ... I refuse to let a system, a culture, a distorted view of reality tell me I don't matter."
In a 2011 conversation in O, the Oprah Magazine, Oprah spoke to celebrating and honoring your life as you age. She adds, "I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you."