Playing bold: Cameron Diaz refuses to “accept” age shaming
Who’d have thought booty-shaking ‘Charlie’s Angel’ star Cameron Diaz would one day be a role model for aging gracefully? That, it seems, is how the cookie crumbles, because 43-year-old Diaz is fast becoming a vocal campaigner against age shaming. It’s a bold play for an actress who has made a career on playing the hottie in countless Hollywood films, but Cameron feels there’s a dire need to shed unrealistic expectations — especially in an industry where women are mainly judged on the basis of superficial parameters.
“If I’m relying on everybody buying me as a 25-year-old, then I’m screwed. I’m not going to keep trying to keep up with an image of my 25-year-old self. If I try to keep that up then I’m just making it painful for myself,” said Diaz in a recent interview, adding, “It’s up to me as an actress, as a human, as a woman, to say that’s not acceptable for me anymore, and you can’t demand that of me. I will go and do the things that speak to me, the things that are relevant to me now. Women, we can go and do that.”
Part of playing bold is reinventing the game and Diaz certainly seems ready to do so. “I can also accept that my panty-dancing days on film could be over. And I’m okay with that,” she says, “I really think that’s what aging gracefully is about… being able to accept the fact that there are some things that are just not the same any longer… you have to accept where you are and do the best that you can.”
With stars like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton already paving the path in this direction, Diaz only needs to add muscle to their cause. And, with her words echoing the right sentiment, we can rest assured that impressive action will follow.
Image Credits: InStyle magazine via popsugar.com
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