Beauty is everything in Hollywood, and some celebs will stop at nothing to get a perfect face -- even if it means undergoing some unfortunate surgical "enhancements."
But of course, not all stars fall prey to the seductive lure of the knife and needle. There are plenty of stars who - despite being in an industry that seems to value physical beauty and youth above all else - have said no to cosmetic surgery and all related enhancements (injections and the like).
And guess what? They look amazing.
Want cold, hard, photographic proof? Here are a few of my favorite gracefully-aging stars, without a single nip or tuck among them:
At 42 (which just so happens to be my age *fistbumps Fey*), Tina Fey has made her aversion to Botox known in no uncertain terms, telling Harper's Bazaar: "I think it is bad. People who have too much, they look like their faces are full of candles -- a shiny, shiny face."
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Now in her 60s, Weaver still adamantly opposes all forms of artificial/surgical enhancement: "I would never have plastic surgery or Botox injections. How can you as an actress? They both leave you with such a tight, unreal look. "It's something fans and audiences pick up on instantly. Actors' faces should actually be able to move."
At flawless 45 years old, Hayek told the AP in 2011 that she's actually excited about getting older: "What makes you feel old is when you are not excited about life. You are not excited anymore about what you do, and you cannot do it as well," the actress said. "I do feel my body beginning to -- like, I need glasses now when I read my scripts. I wear them, but I'm happy to wear them and happy that I still get to read my scripts."
Always outspoken, Winslet told the Telegraph that plastic surgery "goes against my morals, the way my parents brought me up, and what I consider to be natural beauty. I'm an actress. I don't want to freeze the expression of my face."
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Though Depp has never commented on the matter, specialists agree that Depp's look is "natural," and also, apparently, one of the most requested by men getting plastic surgery (his natural chin and jawline are Top Sellers among men). But can you blame them - who wouldn't want to look like Johnny Depp?!
Though not opposed to plastic surgery, Mirren hasn't yet had any herself, and has publicly stated her opposition to the pressures on young people - particularly young women - to get 'enhanced': "The purity of youthful beauty is so fantastic to me that it's horrific when young girls get fake things."
Now creeping into her early 50s, Thompson still hasn't wavered in her anti-plastic surgery stance: "I'm not fiddling about with myself. We're in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60."
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How could I not include him, right? Of course his perspective on aging is about as matter-of-fact as you'd expect. In 2007 he told Details magazine: "One thing sucks, your face kind of goes. Your body's not quite working the same. But you earned it. You earned that, things falling apart." (I for one see nothing "falling apart" here, but maybe that's just me? Ladies?
- By Tracey Gaughran-Perez
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Tracey Gaughran-Perez aka Sweetney, is a single mom, PhD dropout, prototypical Gen-Xer, and professional writer/editor. Tracey lives with her 8-year-old daughter and several insane pets in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland, where she struggles to balance life, work, and motherhood - with varying degrees of success.