Cameron Diaz Says 40 Is the New 25 & She's Right

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A lot of women approach 40 (or, hell, even 30) with doomsday dread. And part of that dread is the I'm no longer the hot girl in the room feeling. When we're in our teens and 20s, it's par for the course to get testosterone-laden stares, grunting mating calls, and guys wagging their tongues at us out their car windows. And though we all profess to hate all of that male attention when we're dealing with it, it's a different story when we hit middle age. Now it's, Where'd all that go? It was here yesterday. Now guys are leering at the younger girl nearby and, damn, she's not even that pretty. Harumph! Well, count Cameron Diaz out of this pity partyShe just turned 40 and is loving every second of it. And I believe her because I don't miss my leered-at 20s either! Seriously.

Cam told Esquire magazine:

For the first time in my life I’m content. I’m so excited. Getting older is the best part of life. Like, I know more than I’ve ever known. I have gratitude. I know myself better. I feel more capable than ever. And as far as the physicality of it, I feel better at 40 than I did at 25.

I'm glad I'm not the only weirdo, because I literally hide photos of me in my 20s. And it's not just because of my bad hair. I genuinely think I look better now. Back then, my face was still puffy with baby fat, I hadn't yet learned to tweeze my brows, and it was a horror show, lemme tell you. Did guys hit on me? Of course. That's what guys do. They hit on young women. They don't care about your bad hair and bushy brows.

Don't get me wrong, I still get the occasional desperado who hollers "baaaaabyyyy" from his passing vehicle (why do guys think this is a good opener?). But it's nothing like it was and all I can say is, Whew. The fact is, 99 percent of the dudes hitting on us in our 20s we weren't interested in anyway, so why should we miss it?

As for physicality, I'm in much better shape now. Thank you, gym. I finally have definition in my stomach and my ass is about an inch higher than it used to be (thank you, step class). No excuse for not working out, ladies. If you can find an hour to watch Teen Mom, you can find an hour to get on the treadmill. Or do it in front of Teen Mom!

I wouldn't say I'm exactly eager to head into old age. There is that whole death thing to contend with. And, yeah, maybe I will look back at some point and miss those guys wagging their tongues at me. But right now I'm totally agreeing with Cameron. Older is better.

Do you miss your 20s? Do you look and feel better now?


Image via Pacific Coast News

beauty, celeb style, body, aging

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MIA0223 MIA0223

I am still in my 20s...

fave82 fave82

You know who says 40 is the new 25? 40 year olds. Lol

Autum... Autumnjean26

I'm not 40 yet but I definitely feel like I look better now than my 20's.

lucky... luckydog1029

Gotta be some truth to it, I just had my first baby at 41 (almost 42). But I think 25 is pushing it. How about "40 is the new 33"? LOL

stara... starandseen

I miss my 20s only because you know you're still young. 20s is synonymous with youth.



Buy I do look better now (in my 30s). I dress better, my teeth are straight from braces in my 20s. I have a nice smile, I smile in photos now. I'm less shy, not a party animal but I speak up more.

nonmember avatar Kim

I am now in my late 30's and have not been more miserable. The misery truly started at 30 and has got worse each year. 30's is the new 20's ya right. It got so complicated once 30 came. I would have preferred to have been shot execution style instead

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