On how talent is not needed nowadays to get famous:
In my time an actress’ merit and skill was based on her talent. Now when people meet me, they pull out their phones to take pictures. I do not know much about social media, but it seems that that’s what makes people more famous. My era of Hollywood was much better — you were known for your skill and talent.
Her advice to young women opting for drastic diets and plastic surgery:
These young girls really need to be more careful and selective of what they are doing to their bodies and their faces. I mean, you do not know for sure if you are going to a good doctor . . . you can end up looking worse than what you thought you originally were.
78 year-old Sophia Loren had some confusing and not-so-wise advice when she was interviewed last month by OK Magazine on the topic of staying slim and eating:
Diet is everything.
“Be careful about what you eat,” the chic actress tells me in her signature Italian accent. “Eat very, very, very little things. Almost starve, but I don’t starve, because I eat very much.” Hm, why should we starve? “Because otherwise you get fat,” says Sophia. “Do you like to be fat?” Oh no, nobody wants to be fat.
Keep a list of healthy go-to foods.
“I eat a lot of salad, a little meat, and some fruit—that’s all. But I like sweets.”
“Too much bread is not good because you get fat [from the] starch,” she explains. “A lot of starch is no good, but some starch, yes.”
Fitness can work wonders for the image.
“A little exercise, which I never do [is good]. I walk, walk, walk, walk—yeah. That’s very good for your heart.”
“You have to take care of yourself. Eat not very much, relax a little bit, read, look at the sunset—you know, things that please you.”
We just love beauty lists and all the repetitive Megans, Cheryls and Angelinas that come on top, but this top compiled by fashion expert Sally Allen is a bit different, meaning that 20-something girls are completely absent and 3 ladies out of 10 are from the “Fabulous over 60” category. Penelope Cruz is the top beauty queen and the following ladies are:
2. Caludia Schiffer, 39 3. Kristin Scott Thomas, 49 4. Queen Rania of Jordan, 39 5. Catherine Deneuve, 66 6. Dame Helen Mirren, 64 7. Charlize Theron, 34 8. Kate Beckinsale, 36 9. Natascha McElhone, 40 10. Sophia Lauren, 75
Here’s how Sally justifies her choices:
“Our top ten women are often the subject of spontaneous and unexpected press exposure yet always manage, somehow, to look great. Sometimes they are caught without their make-up, on bad hair days, or in less than flattering poses, but their natural beauty always seems to shine through.
“There is no question in my mind that Penelope Cruz is a worthy winner. She was an undoubtedly pretty girl when she started her acting career at 16 but, 20 years later, she has matured into a particularly beautiful woman and a fine actress.”
“As someone once said, the difference between pretty and beautiful is that pretty is temporal, whereas beautiful is eternal.”
Spokesman Anthony Edwards said: “Women like Beyonce Knowles and Cheryl Cole are sexy and pretty but real beauty is something that comes from within and usually requires maturity. The days when women were considered past it at 40 are long gone.”
What do you guys think about this different list? Are you on board with their choices and do you agree with the “Beauty requires maturity” idea?