To curate a highly subjective list of polished women over 50 who shine from the inside out is not an easy task. There are countless beauties who more than deserve a spot on said list. But we were up for the challenge.
Herewith, 10 of our favorite celebrities who prove that 50 is the new 40.
Janet Jackson, 50
Jackson, an icon who has been fighting to stay relevant in an industry that — let’s be honest — isn’t kind to women of a certain age, has found a way to silence her critics: not even address them. The 50-year-old’s latest album, Unbreakable, is a melodic anthem that celebrates a woman’s resilience — and it’s sexy as hell.
Elle Macpherson, 52
Yes, once a supermodel always a supermodel (ahem, Iman comma 61). But Macpherson is working her 50s like it’s her job. And we just can’t help but ogle the Aussie showstopper and think she looks even better now than she did in teeny swimsuit on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the ’80s.
Michelle Obama, 52
Though the eight-year term is visually evident on the man we all call president, the fabulous first lady — dare we say it — is just as radiant today as she was when she an Barack first made history and traversed the North Portico to enter the storied abode that would forever be changed. Her recent appearance on the cover of Vogue left readers awestruck.
Rosie Perez, 52
The Puerto Rican actress has come a long way since lighting up the screen as the winsome dreamer to Woody Harrelson’s baller boob in White Men Can’t Jump — and it looks as though she hasn’t changed a bit. At 52, the actress, director, Oscar nominee, talk show host, community activist is defying the role of “woman” as much as she’s defying the ageing of one.
Hoda Kotb, 52
If ever there were a reason to down a box of wine before the clock strikes noon, it’d be because of Kotb. The amiable morning show host — and timeless beauty — never hits the airwaves without a goblet of Jesus juice in clutch, and it’s a habit that sure is doing a body good.
Ming-Na Wen, 52
She’s an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and though her character’s covert career requires her identity to remain under wraps, no none said anything about revealing her age. As Agent Melinda May, a firecracker dominating the Whedonverse, the Macanese actress isn’t just a pretty face. She’s a martial artist.
Monica Bellucci, 52
How many women can say they were cast as a Bond girl on the far side of 45? Just one. Belluci, an Italian law student-turned-model/actress, revolutionized the provacatrix archetype who’s as necessary to a 007 rendezvous as an ice-cold Vesper is to the debonair himself. And now at 52, the seduction is hardly over.
When it comes to making people laugh, Dreyfus is bar-none head of the state of comedy. As Selena Meyer, the foulmouthed leader of the free world on HBO’s whip-smart half-hour laugh riot, Veep, Dreyfus and her comedic timing are as pitch-perfect as her take on the term anti-aging, which she prefers to call pro-aging. Dreyfus/Laurie 2016, anyone?
The powerhouse icon hasn’t shied away from the subject of cultural ageism, making it a talking point on her media tour for her latest album, Rebel Heart. And even though, the following statement may be a complete contradiction, we’re going there anyway: She sure does look good doing it.
Sharon Stone, 58
Over the course of her 36-year career, Stone has rubbed elbows with some of Hollywood’s heavyweights — Douglas, De Niro, Scorsese — but we find ourselves even more enamored by the stunning, self-deprecating 58-year-old woman she’s become post-seminal Basic Instinct crotch scene. And, well, this.