Youth is a precious commodity on the A-list, sometimes even more so than talent. Celebrities are always trying to stay young-looking in order to keep their careers alive, despite the fact that no one stays young forever, and that aging gracefully and naturally can often be a positive quality.
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Each year there are millions of Botox injections administered, and hundreds of thousands of nose jobs and breast augmentation surgeries. In 2013, $12.6 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S. alone, up 15% from 2012. It’s clear that cosmetic surgery is not simply a trend in Hollywood, but something that is often necessary to stay employable.
Despite the popularity of cosmetic surgery, there are a few celebrities who refuse to go under the knife, instead relying on proper diet, exercise, and a generally healthy regimen to stay young-looking and fit. Instead of following the hype of tabloids and the pressures of Hollywood, some of these actors and actresses go the other way and become staunch adversaries against cosmetic surgery, including these 13 celebrities.
13. Tina Fey
The hilarious actress Tina Fey was best known for her work on Saturday Night Live between 1998 to 2006, and more recently for the critically acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock, which she created and starred in from 2006 to 2013.
Since her early days as a slightly overweight comedienne, Tina Fey has ‘sexed’ herself up a bit, but she’s done it all naturally, and is not afraid of aging.
Fey has made many amusing quips against Botox and cosmetic surgery, including, “You can point any kind of laser at my face, but I don’t think Botox is for me. I think it is bad. People who have too much, they look like their faces are full of candles – a shiny, shiny face,” and “Your choices are: get old, or look creepy. I don’t want to do it, so I feel I’ve got to go get my money and get out of here before this thing [points to her face] blows.”
12. Isabella Rossellini
Italian actress, model, and philanthropist Isabella Rossellini is best known as the exclusive spokesmodel for the international cosmetics brand Lancôme, from 1982 to 1996, when she was removed as the face of Lancôme for being “too old.”
She has since become an advocate against cosmetic surgery because she claims it kills a woman’s self-esteem. The beautiful daughter of Italian film director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman told ABC News in 2006, “I’m not going to do it [plastic surgery] because it really is more to make women feel bad about themselves. They have to become an ideal that they’re not.”
11. Elle MacPherson
Supermodel Elle MacPherson, earned the nickname “The Body” after appearing on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues a record five times. Although she’s now 50, MacPherson doesn’t look like she’s aged a day since her prime modeling days – but cosmetic surgery has nothing to do with it.
Instead, the Aussie mother of two relies on a simple skincare regimen, diet, exercise, and some home-brewed beauty secrets passed down from her mother.
When asked about plastic surgery by the Daily Mail, in 2008, she said she hadn’t yet gone there and instead relied on keeping her skin hydrated at all times, staying out of the sun, and slathering on sunblock. Also, her mother taught her to, “Wash your hair in beer to make it shiny; use an egg-white mask to tighten pores.”
10. Kevin Costner
American actor Kevin Costner is known for his roles in The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Wyatt Earp, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Dances with Wolves (with which he won the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director).
The 59-year-old father of seven has aged in his 40 years as an active actor, but it has been a natural process. His take on the subject of cosmetic surgery is: what you see is what you get.
Despite the rumors that he got a hair transplant in 2006, Costner told Now Magazine that, “I’m never going for a hairpiece, dye, or nips and tucks. You will always have to take me as you find me… We can all hear whispers; in my case, they still say, ‘He’s taller than I thought.’ But there will come the day when they will say, ‘He is much older than I remember him.’
9. Heidi Klum
Model Heidi Klum became the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1997, and she remained an Angel for 13 years, becoming one of the world’s top-earning models. She became the host and a judge of the reality show Project Runway in 2004, a position she still holds.
When asked by Allure Magazine if she’d undergone cosmetic surgery to retain her beautiful physique, the 41-year-old responded by saying, “Ask me again when I’m 65, but I’m proud to say, in this day and age, I haven’t done anything.”
And in 2013, she revealed to Access Hollywood the main reason why she stayed away from surgery: “I’ve never done anything. I’ve been too scared, to be honest with you.” And when asked what the solutions were to hiding lines on her forehead, she said with a chuckle, “Botox or bangs. I go for bangs.”
8. Rachel Weisz
English actress and former model Rachel Weisz is best known as the Academy Award winner for a supporting role in The Constant Gardener (2005), and for her public stance against Botox and cosmetic surgery. So vocal is her vehemence against cosmetic surgery, that, in 2011, she formed the “British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League” alongside fellow British Oscar-winners Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson.
She has stated that, “Botox should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”
Despite her anti-surgery approach, there have been rumors that she herself received a rhinoplasty, a face lift, and possibly filler injections.
7. Julianne Moore
Actress Julianne Moore has naturally maintained her smooth, alabaster skin and wrinkle-free appearance for over 30 years in the business, and looks incredibly youthful at 54 years old.
She received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), and The Hours (2002).
As she told the The Edit Magazine in 2013, “I don’t want to come out condemning anything anybody does, because I think that all of these things can contribute to making people feel better about themselves, and that’s great. But I also want to look like myself. I mean, we’re not going to live forever. You could be dead at 45, and guess what? Then you don’t have to worry about aging.”
6. Emma Thompson
55-year-old British actress Emma Thompson has been cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation. Her accolades include an Academy Award for Best Actress in the British drama Howards End (1992), and dual-Academy Award nominations in 1993 for her roles in The Remains of the Day, and In the Name of the Father.
In 2011, Thompson co-formed the “British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League” with fellow actresses Rachel Weisz and Kate Winslet, stating that, “I’m not fiddling about with myself. We’re in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60.”
5. Brad Pitt
Actor Brad Pitt has been described as one of the world’s most attractive men, and one of America’s leading actors since his cowboy hitchhiker portrayal in 1991’s Thelma & Louise.
He is also one of the few Hollywood celebrities in his 50s who has purportedly maintained his good looks without the use of cosmetic surgery, and he’s not scared to admit it.
One of his famous quotes, in fact, is, “I’m one of those people you hate because of genetics. It’s the truth.” When asked about his stance on cosmetic surgery by Details Magazine, he responds with pride regarding the aging process, saying, “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.”
4. Kate Winslet
One of the most vocal of the anti-cosmetic surgery celebrities is British actress Kate Winslet. She is the youngest person to acquire six Academy Award nominations, and won Best Actress in the 2008 film, The Reader.
It was Winslet’s idea to take an active stand against the pressure in Hollywood for women to undergo cosmetic surgery, and it was also her idea to form the “British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League” alongside fellow British actresses Rachel Weisz and Emma Thompson.
In 2011, Winslet told the Telegraph that, “[Cosmetic surgery] goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty. I will never give in.”
3. Cate Blanchett
Australian actress Cate Blanchett is known for many roles including Elizabeth, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, and as the Oscar winner for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film, The Aviator.
Despite allegations of her own face lift procedures, the actress gave Fashionista a biting reply against cosmetic surgery, saying, “There’s been a decade or so of people doing intervention with their face and their body. Now that we’re emerging from that, people are seeing that long term, it’s not so great… I’d just be too frightened about what it means long term. In the end you just see the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration, it fills me with pity.”
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2. Julia Roberts
One of the most accomplished and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, Julia Roberts is no stranger to the harsh spotlight and rumors that goes with having a successful career – including rumors about her going under the knife.
Roberts maintains she’s never gone under the knife, and recently told tabloids that it was actually a “big risk” to decline youth-enhancing cosmetic surgery in Hollywood.
She gave Elle Magazine a beautiful portrayal of her reasons against cosmetic surgery, blaming society and saying, “It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy… Your face tells a story, and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”
1. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is considered one of the greatest film actors of all time, and she has received more Academy Award nominations (18) than any other actor or actress in history, winning three times. The 65-year-old actress has aged naturally and gracefully, and has stated that she believes Botox and cosmetic surgery often have the opposite effect than is wished.
In 2010, Streep told that, “Those who succumb to Botox draw more attention to their features than those who don’t… To each his own. I really understand the chagrin that accompanies aging, especially for a woman, but I think people look funny when they freeze their faces… I pick up on the part that doesn’t move on a face. I’m immediately drawn to it and that is the opposite of what you’re intending. You pull focus to the area that’s been worked on.”