“I just want to always look like myself, even if that’s an older version of myself.”
This is Halle Berry speaking to makeup guru Bobbi Brown in an interview for Yahoo Beauty about the pressures the actress feels againg in Hollywood. The 48-year-old Oscar winner spoke candidly about the pressure she feels to attempt to halt the aging process in order to survive in the industry. And it’s not pressure Berry is putting on herself, exactly — she compared the suggestions that other people make to get a little nip or tuck to being “almost like crack that people are trying to push on you.” Shee said:
When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, ‘To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?’ I won’t lie and tell you that those things don’t cross my mind, because somebody is always suggesting it to me. ‘You know if you just did a little bit of this and that, lift this up, then this would be a little bit better.’ It’s almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That’s what I feel like. I just have kept reminding myself that beauty really is as beauty does, and it is not so much about my physical self. Aging is natural, and that’s going to happen to all of us. I think of those women that I thought aged so beautifully, like Lena Horn. Even how Jane Fonda is aging — I don’t know what she has or hasn’t done, but she looks beautiful as she’s going about her way. I just want to always look like myself, even if that’s an older version of myself. I think when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way.
Maybe she didn’t get herself cryogenically frozen at 24 like was apparentlly supposed to. But she’s still stunning at 48 and that’s due as much body-positive attitude as her appearance. What could Halle Berry possibly “lift,” nip, tuck, or freeze to look “a little bit better”?