Real beauty is timeless— you’ve heard that before, right? The truth is, no matter how beautiful we are, we all age. But every once in a while, someone appears who embodies beauty far into older age- and some women set a new benchmark for beauty standards. It’s not always a question of make-up, as sometimes a beautiful woman just stays stunning her entire life. The following women will take your breath away.
Susan Sarandon, 69
Susan Sarandon, at age 69, was recently announced as the beauty ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. Having always taken the concept of aging in stride and with grace, Sarandon looks as stunning today as she did 30 years ago, with the brilliant radiance of her face still capable of stopping someone cold in their tracks.
Christie Brinkley, 62
Christie Brinkley could pass for a 30-something. She looks vibrant and young, and although she’s not opposed to plastic surgery, it hasn’t come under consideration so far. While Brinkley seems to have discovered the fountain of youth, her upbeat attitude has certainly contributed to her graceful aging; you can find her dancing during photo shoots and having a blast wherever she goes.
Iris Apfel, 94
It’s hard to believe that a 94-year-old woman could still be this sassy, but Iris Apfel manages with great panache. She became the face of fitness when she posed for a heath tracker brand, the Wisewear. Known for her trademark jewelry choices and bold eye gear, Apfel definitely knows what’s what when it comes to fashion. She hasn’t let age get her down and has been known to say, “I think you can be attractive at any age.” She’s definitely proving that to be true!
Helen Mirren, 70
At 70, Helen Mirren looks just as glamorous as ever. She recently appeared in an ad for L’Oreal, becoming the face of the “age perfect” campaign. Hailed as the poster child of timeless beauty, she was quoted as saying, “As I age, I’ve lost that incredible insecurity of youth.” Mirren walks proud and beautiful to show people everywhere that age is just a number.
Joan Didion, 81
A renowned American author, Joan Didion created ripples in the fashion world when her Celine’s 2015 campaign went viral. The brand was praised for featuring a woman who didn’t originally hail from the world of fashion. She became a sensationalized name; people were surprised that even at 80, her aptitude for fashion was on-point. Her spotless, healthy skin and lustrous hair have made more than a few people green with envy.
Raquel Welch, 76
Known initially as a celebrity sex symbol thanks to her provocative photo shoots, Raquel Welch became a hugely famous actress who was praised for her skills. She also secured the second spot in the “hottest women of all time” list in 2011. Some rumors suggest that she may have gone under the knife for plastic surgery, but her beauty is undeniable regardless, as people fawn over her stunning looks and graceful demeanor.
Sophia Loren, 81
Another eye-catching woman who’s part of the over-80 club, Sophia Loren has taken good care of herself. She is a health connoisseur who’s credited her daily walks, coupled with adherence to a Mediterranean diet, as her source of continued beauty and health. She recently launched a lipstick campaign with D&G and is set to be featured in a fragrance ad as well. There’s no stopping her simply because she’s on the other side of 80!
Charlotte Rampling, 69
Charlotte Rampling is a British star who has defied the odds of aging. She believes that yoga, meditation, and soaking in vital nutrients from the sun are responsible for her glowing skin and timeless beauty. She was chosen to be the face of a new lipstick collection launched by Knars in 2014. She’s avoided plastic surgery, but looking at her you wouldn’t think that she’d ever need it anyway.
Joni Mitchell, 72
Not afraid to show off her wrinkles, Joni hogged the spotlight when she played the feature role in Saint Laurent’s spring 2015 campaign. Photos of her were displayed widely to demonstrate that age has no bearing on beauty— a message she embraces. She’s definitely not afraid to let the world see her just as she is, and her courage in doing so earns her the accolades she receives.
Jane Fonda, 77
While Jane Fonda has admitted to having minor plastic surgery, her inherent beauty shines through, along with her outlook on life. She cites happiness as the source of her gorgeous glow, and believes that enjoying life is something that few people take seriously. Next time you’re concerned about the way you look, remember to perk up and have some fun. Clearly it works wonders.
Jessica Lange, 66
Back in 2014, Jessica Lange was chosen as the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty. People who saw her stunning face had trouble pinpointing her age, and most were off by at least a decade. Hardly anyone knew that Lange was well into her 60’s, thanks to a healthy lifestyle that’s at the root of her beauty and radiant well-being.
Oprah Winfrey, 61
Oprah is one of those very special people who needs no introduction. Widely considered one of the most influential women of the past 50 years, she balks at the notion that age is a bad thing. She’s said before, “Call me crazy, but I’ve never really understood our culture’s fear of getting older. The way I see it, every year can be a brand new journey.” She gladly accepted a leading role as the face of Weight Watchers, and her dedication to staying healthy is likely a big factor in why she’s so beautiful at 61.
Rene Russo, 61
Rene Russo started her career as a model, but it didn’t take long for her to become one of the top actresses in Hollywood. Russo doesn’t let her bipolar disorder get in the way of her confident beauty, and onlookers can’t keep their eyes off her flawless features. She’s one actress who cherishes good health, and credits it as a key to long-lasting attractiveness.
Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, 61
Better known just as Iman, this gorgeous Somali model looks decades younger than her actual age. As an actress and entrepreneur, Iman keeps herself busy and finds joy in being a pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, as well as performing philanthropic work. She takes natural beauty quite seriously, empowering others to be their best selves.
Ellen DeGeneres, 58
Ellen Degeneres’ has been the talk of Hollywood for a long time. A devotee of the vegan lifestyle and a lover of yoga, Ellen pays great attention to what she puts in and on her body to accentuate her beauty. She cheerfully cites the value of good health when considering how to look great: “You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.”
Geena Davis, 60
Famous actor and ageless beauty Geena Davis has been turning heads for years. She credits much of her continued good looks to a dedicated regimen of caring for her skin, as well as treating her body well with exercise. She enjoys archery and eats a healthful diet to support her in the aging process. Some speculate that she may have had plastic surgery, but it’s up for debate.
Sigourney Weaver, 66
Most famous for her roles in Avatar and as Ripley in the Alien series, Sigourney Weaver has captivated audiences worldwide with her balancing act between gorgeous actress and the cool, steadfast characters she plays. She credits her lasting beauty to the simple things in life, such as gardening on the weekends and, as she says, “taking time to smell the roses.” Her contentment with life is what brings a radiant glow to her face.
Meryl Streep, 67
Meryl Streep stands as a role model when people think of “aging gracefully.” One of the greatest actresses of all time (with more than 30 awards and nominations), she believes that doing what she loves has played a big part in keeping her young. She eats organic and loves swimming, so taking care of her body is paramount to her beauty. She refuses to get plastic surgery (as if she needs it!), saying, “It’s like wearing a veil— it’s not a good thing. You have to embrace getting older.”
Betty White, 94
What list of beautiful women in their later years would be complete without the incorrigible Betty White? She claims to have no beauty secrets in particular, throwing in instead that she drinks a vodka on the rocks every day. Perhaps vodka is what flows in the fountain of youth? “Fun is the name of the game,” she says, and her infectious smile is certainly a part of what makes her so stunning, even as she approaches the milestone century mark.