Cameron Diaz on women and aging: ‘We feel like failures for not looking 25 at 40’


Cameron Diaz laid bare her feelings to Oprah about the pressures on women to not age. In Hollywood even men are held to certain extremes when it comes to their appearance, but it’s still okay for them to look older, even if it’s an idealized version of older. For women, as Diaz points out, looking like you’re maybe 30 years old is a sin for women.

“For me I feel like if I – it is almost as if we have failed if we don’t remain 25 for the rest of our lives,” she told Oprah. “Like we are failures. It is a personal failure. Like our fault that at 40 years old that I still don’t look like I’m 25.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. I apologize, I wasn’t able to defy nature,” she gorgeous 41-year-old actress said sarcastically. She has had Botox procedures, which she regrets because she made her face change in a a “weird way.” She also admits to having a nose job after she broke it four times.

This issue is definitely something Cameron has been working to change recently. A few months ago she published The Body Book, which isn’t about trying to defy aging, but instead of taking care of and understanding your body and being healthy. “Two years ago I had this absolute moment when it came to me that I had to do this book because nobody else was going to do it,” Cameron said. “I had to find a way to share the knowledge that I have about my body at 41 – and wish I’d had at 21.”

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