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Susan Sarandon: ‘If you’re upset with how you look at 25, life’s going to be tough’

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64 year-old Susan Sarandon brings the quote of the day:

‘When I hear young girls complaining about superficial things … You’re at the peak of your physical beauty right now!

‘Just enjoy it and stop worrying about your thighs being too big.’

If you’re upset with how you look at 25, life’s going to be tough.’

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Emma
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Emma

I’m torn – on the one hand, I think it seems like a great quote… But on the other, lots of women don’t grow to feel comfortable in their looks until their 30s, 40s, or even 50s, and that’s okay too.

hays
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hays

very true

Nkeon
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It’s okay, but she’s also got a point that it is a waste of time, even if it can’t be helped.

-
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yes.
imo, don’t smoke, drink heavily (etc). avoid injury (hazardous work or hobbies).
develop regular habits of low stress exercise.
etc

laura
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laura

haha, quite right…love her!

snoops
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snoops

Thats kind of a depressing statement for a lot of young women to read! Lol – most girls I know have so many issues with their looks, I know some also who have none and are just totally confident, but the majority have things about themselves that bother them and they wish were different. I know some women that say they are more confident in their 30’s or 40’s than they were in their 20’s – I hope that I will grow more secure with time, not less!

solaxia
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solaxia

i agree, i have also heard people say that they feel better in their 30’s 40’s and 50’s. My mum said her 30’s was the best. Her absolute physical and mental peak, even after 2 children. She is still beautiful now! But I do like Susan and she doesn’t appear to be in her 60’s at all

lots of makeup and/or cosmetic procedures.
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lots of makeup and/or cosmetic procedures.

if this B&W is recent. ss does have wrinkles. also her eyes are very ROUND (cute for her), but somewhat small (less cute).

but yeah. for 62, she looks great, even with the stuff you don’t see in this shot. (I haven’t seen her irl, but have seen outdoor photos)

Elle
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Elle

Here, here!
(Now if only it was as easy as she makes it sound…)

Elle
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Elle

*Whoops, that’s “Hear, hear!”

Erica
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Erica

Of course she’s right – but it is kind of depressing!
A lot of people do become more confident in their bodies as they age – life’s too short to be preoccupied with looks you can’t really change. But it’s much easier said than done to be really happy with your looks when you’re young.
But I actually think some people do look better as they get older – I can only hope I’m one of them!

Crys
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me too 🙂

Sidney
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Sidney

At the physical peak maybe, but the acceptance part is such a huge factor. I know so many women who feel more beautiful than ever only after they’re past 30, 40, even 50.. And to me some women do look honestly better older, like my mom who is 60, and well, Ellen DeGeneres comes to mind. She sends out a good message, but there’s no point highlighting the fact that they’re “never gonna get better”. I remeber being an insecure 16/17-year-old and feeling miserable bc everyone was saying how that was the age women were at their best 😀

a.c.
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a.c.
I know! My om looks better now at 55 than she did at 40, mostly because she stopped obsessively tanning and started exercising healthily instead of to the point of exhaustion, and she stopped doing every crazy fad diet that came along. She looks gorgeous now! When I was an awkward teenager 20 lbs heavier than my classmates, I just kept telling myself that one day I’d be older and figure my looks out. Well, now I’m 25 and of course I want to lose weight, but most of my friends have not been able to avoid getting some womanly… Read more »
Mello
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Mello

I agree completely on every count! Haha, my mom had to be the perfect weight, never ate for modeling, always needed to have the latest fashions in her 20s….turns out that in her 30s as a housewife eating with more weight and a more practical approach to fashion she looks TONS better…..I kinda think she probably lost her looks in her 20s in a huge part being a slave to the “ideal” standard of beauty….so lack of confidence in your thighs and stuff can kind of undermine yourself.

blondie
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blondie

greatttt this is encouraging. not even 25 yet.. hah

Ellie
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That’s exactly what I thought, haha. I read it and thought, “I’m 18! What’s in store for me?!”

Juniper
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Juniper

It’s a little sad if you know that your only gonna get worse looks with age but it’s good that it tells you to live life in the instant and stop stressing about what you don’t have rather than loving what you do have…

anabel
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anabel

it really is depressing….I actually worry about my thighs being too big like several times a day. 🙁
I hope it’s not gonna get tougher.

8-Þ 8-P 8-Þ
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8-Þ 8-P 8-Þ

ok. but are they too big?
i have no idea, and your thighs are your thighs, not mine, so you have your reasons to care … but… but…
if you surreptitiously watch guys, do you ever catch them trying to xray you? 🙂

alex de
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alex de

I bet you have great thighs, all women are beautiful. Eat drink and be merry!

Ellie
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I understand the point and I think it’s a good one, but just that last statement is actually kind of disheartening. It’s obviously not meant to be, but that’s the way the phrasing comes across. A vast majority of people worry about how they look, and 25 year olds and around that age are actually probably a significant number. I’ve also seen/read plenty of example of people who look a thousand times better aged 29 or so than they did at 18. So she has a good point, in not placing too much stress on your appearance, etc, but it… Read more »
Isabela
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Isabela

I like it..and I agree with her.. I mean.. we have so many to accomplish when we are young.. a career, a family… These are truely important goals..
If we’re stressing so much about how we look and put all our effort in that, we’ll miss on so many other more important things.
At this age, we have the most energy and we should channel it towars greater things.
And.. she is beautiful

tara
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tara

She is right. But it is mentioned above that a lot of women/girls do not feel confident at that age. Also a lot of worrying about superficial appearances is a decoy to avoid the real problem inside someone. So weight is a distraction not to look at themselves or a ‘bad’ relationship someone is in. It is easier to complain about tighs and weight or hair then to change the way you handle things like relationships in your life.

tara
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tara

Sorry thighs not tighs

solaxia
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solaxia

yep …so true!

1/3 of a freudian slip? (.... joke)
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1/3 of a freudian slip? (.... joke)

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Nina
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Nina
I don’t think this quote helps anyone. Whenever I hear these quotes I can’t help but panic and think “I have to enjoy my looks now because it’s as good as it’s going to get”, it doesn’t make me feel any better about my appearance. And I’m sure it makes older women feel like crap. Also this is not wishful thinking but women sure as hell can look just as good in the 30s as in their 20s if they take good care of their skin and bodies. It gets harder to maintain later on but it can be done.… Read more »
solaxia
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solaxia

i agree. I actually think some women look better with age. Susan imo was at her peak in her 30’s and 40’s as opposed to her 20’s. So was Halle Berry (still is), Angelina Jolie (facially, body not so much imo), Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia (she is at her peak now imo)…I know these are all stars so its really hard to tell with surgery and photoshop etc. Even girls in their later 20’s look better than early 20’s sometimes imo.

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add sally fields. ultra babe in late 30’s (after some searching and some arithmetic: 38 years old). but not as lovely in her 20’s.
caveat: the usual makeup, film tricks and techniques.

kat
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women have issues with their looks because of men

flossy
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flossy

Women have issues with their looks because of low self esteem and low self worth, nothing outside of you men, women, media etc can make you feel like crap unless you choose to let it.

Katrina
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Katrina
If you don’t have issues of low self esteem or low self worth, you may not be bothered by outside sources. But, at the same time it can be the exposure to the outside things that may initiate those feelings. And, it depends on any individual’s personal experience, whether that outside initiator could be men, women, media, etc. But for me, even though a part of me knows that I’m not ugly, I don’t have a bad body, and I can be really confident with myself at times. I think what sets off self-consciousness for me, is being around judgmental… Read more »
Sharen
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I agree. I don’t think women have issues with their bodies because of men, except, of course, those who are in a psychologically abusive relationship and going out with a jerk. I would say that if anything it’s the opposite, most men are quite appreciative of a woman’s body, it’s other women who constantly criticize one for being too skinny or too chubby or too whatever. At least in my experience, it’s always other women (friends included) that might make me feel self-conscious, whereas my boyfriend, and even my guy friends, always have something nice to say (though not always… Read more »
solaxia
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solaxia

i agree with all of the comments. I think its different for everyone!

-
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“(though not always expressed in the most delicate of terms).”
hahaha. i would give naughty compliments only to my own gf, not to anyone else’s (except hypothetically, i might give a witty-vavavoom comment to a “completely safe” lesbian. but since i don’t know any, this hypothesis shall remain untested.)

but i agree with your overall. I’ve had the same impression. also, when assessing appearance of *either* gender, women and men look at different things. Obvious example: the guys who care about women’s makeup still don’t care that much.

AlexD
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AlexD
for some reason the idea of not caring about your looks because there are more important things out there irks me (i know the actress above did not say that but im hearing that from the commenters here) i think that looks are so influential in our society. i think its natural for us to care about looks. there is always that pretty girl in your class/job, the “weird” person that none wants to talk to because their nose is too big, people are nicer to you when you look better, you get away with a lot of things when… Read more »
Nina
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Nina
Lol this is an interesting article. Read the last bit about women http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/are-attractive-people-more-employable/ Anyway, what you say is true to some extent but I actually think the public’s standards for attractiveness are much lower than hollywood standards. For example, I don’t find Katy Perry pretty at all but I think in real life I would probably consider her face attractive. A lot of women on here have very low self-esteem but are probably more attractive than 7 out of 10 women on the street. Also, I think people aren’t as critical about the appearance of others in real life. I… Read more »
solaxia
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solaxia

thats true. Also to add to the “pretty” girls at school…a lot of them weren’t actually that pretty and many werent as pretty as the shy girls…it was literally becauss they had outgoing personalities and some just because they were cows! not saying none of them were pretty, just saying I actually dont think they were the prettiest…oh and also they were more consumed with the way they looked and looked after/ carried themselves better than others

my own opinion.
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my own opinion.

yeah, mostly, except makeup. light makeup or no makeup usually looks best. women can still be lovely under makeup, but makeup somewhat hides beauty.
professional “celebs” are another matter. video and photos are rough on looks. counteracting that are special makeup, very careful lighting, and lenses (and photohacking is more common nowadays).

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who would hang with an annoying person (no matter their “attractiveness”)?
good looks are a plus, but I don’t think they add much in “points” if you were trying to calculate popularity.
compared to other pitfalls in “attractiveness”, i think more people fall for nefarious charm, or status.
IMO, of course. 😉

deanna
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I think there are a lot of women who are at their peak in their 40’s! Not everyone takes care of themself in their younger years, especially these days.

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maybe if the women were less physically fit when younger. otherwise 40’s is rarely *as* good (looking). but 40’s can be good looking. Though, i sometimes wonder if cosmetic surgery is involved :-\ if a good looking over40 woman isn’t bothering to dye the gray strands of hair, then i guess she’s less likely to have bothered with cosmetic surgery (recently?) Also, it’s possible some 30’s women are showing some gray hair at extraordinarily young age. 30’s is easily as good looking as 20’s (barring the usual bad luck, out of shape, and so on). usually not much face wrinkles.… Read more »
solaxia
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solaxia

yea this is very true…also, i agreed with your comment above

Nkeon
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It’s a shame so many people have found this statement depressing. I think she’s trying to verbally slap some sense into us that are in their 20s that might resd this. Of course it is easier said than done and many women do ony become secure in their looks when they have reached their 30s or 40s, but the harsh reality is that she’s right; life will be tough to some extent if we remain insecure and we have constant testimony to that plain and simple truth. Hearing this makes me want to make the effort to feel empowered and… Read more »
solaxia
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solaxia

exactly!

funny though
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funny though

Hollywood often has trouble finding ugly actresses to play ugly characters. example:
images.google.com/images?q=oz+witch+Wicked+Margaret-Hamilton
she has (had) a long nose. that’s it. she’s not even close to ugly.

so even the ugliness is done with smoke and mirrors (makeup, etc)

pixie
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pixie

She is right. And such a beautiful woman.

Lisa
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Lisa

I often worry about this! I’m hoping my confidence will increase as I age, but I’m neurotic about wrinkles and weight already. If I make it to 60, 70, holy crap. I’ll be a joy to be around. lol.

nannou
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nannou

actually I’ve become more obsessive with my body now at 26 than when I was in my teens : \

8-Þ 8-P 8-Þ
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8-Þ 8-P 8-Þ

my idea of obsessing over a woman’s body is probably different than yours.

aj
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Good quotee! so true….. something we should all remember every day.

padme
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padme

Maybe she meant to say 35? Women usually look they’re best in their thirties I think. I don’t get why people always talk about looking great as a teenagers? 20s are okay I guess, but not as sexy as the thirties. You keep getting better until maybe your fifties probably.

solaxia
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solaxia

i agree with the teen thing…i found i looked better in my 20’s than teens…also, teens to me these days look so young that i cant think of them as sexy! maybe im just getting old! but only 24

Lang
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Lang

No matter how good or how bad you look now, you will become old and ugly (unless you die prematurely, and no one wants to do that). So y’all better get over yourselves and quit b—in about your flaws. No one cares about them except you.

AshlePersuasion
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i love her. one my fav actresses

anonymous
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anonymous

But that just goes to show that looks ain’t s— (I know, it may be extreme to say). In the end, it comes down to you and how you feel about yourself. Knowing your worth and your purpose in this life is way more important than how you look. Cheesy but true.

Checks
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Checks

I agree with her basic view; that everyone should stop worrying about how they look, because life is too short and you should just focus on being healthy and happy.

However, I disagree that women look their best in their twenties. I think looking good is much more about confidence, and knowing what suits you, and most women don’t really get a grip on that until later in life. Not everyone, obviously, but most older women I know.

sigh
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sigh

it’s pretty obvious that her skin has been photoshopped to a perfect sheen here, beyond the crows feet they left in for verisimilitude. i guess people do care about age? fonda’s shots have the same bizarre smoothness.

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