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Cameron Diaz seeks to change our definitions of ageing well: “It’s more than wrinkles, grey hairs and sagging”

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One's first reaction to glamorous Hollywood star Cameron Diaz releasing a book on how to “age better” might be the assumption it contains only three words: ‘Have good genes.’

But in a blog post promoting the April release of The Longevity Book, the actor says people should look “beyond what’s superficial… it’s more than wrinkles, grey hairs and sagging”.

In a post titled Embracing Age & Celebrating Life with Cameron Diaz, she writes: “I’m interested in engaging us all in a conversation: one that is about regeneration, about new ways to talk to each other and ourselves about the ever growing, changing, and aging state of being a human.

“This time I want to talk about one of the biggest taboos in our society. AGING […] I wanted to write this book so that we could understand what aging really is. And what I found was aging isn’t about getting old it’s about LIVING… and I want you to live the happiest longest and healthiest life possible.”

Diaz, 43, has long been a proponent of living healthily, bringing out The Body Book in 2013, and making a point of letting fans see her without perfect Hollywood make-up and lighting on her Instagram account, previously thanking a magazine for not airbrushing her “laughlines” on a cover.

And as someone who started out modelling at the age of 16 before transitioning to acting with The Mask at 21, maintaining a presence in industries obsessed with appearance and rarely kind to women over a certain age for 27 years, perhaps it makes sense she's thought more than most about ageing.

She continues: “I want to let you all off the hook of thinking you need to fit in to one picture of health in order to achieve wellness. From thinking that you have to go out in search of things externally, into a world of confusing messages that tell you how you should LOOK, and what you have to buy and buy into to do so. I say let’s take this conversation beyond what’s superficial… it’s more than wrinkles, grey hairs and sagging – it’s about your cells and what happens deep within them […]

“Learning that you can age well, will actually help you to age better. If you understand how your body works then you can take action to help keep it in the best possible condition so it can carry you through a long and beautiful life.”

Hello Ladies! Happy Fall! Hope everyone is enjoying this glorious time of year; the chillier air, the changing and falling leaves; all of the markers of another year coming to a close, and a hint at the new one about to unfold. I first wanted to thank all of you who answered our call this past summer to send in any questions you might have about aging in a female body. I am so grateful for your participation, as it allowed us to address your inquries in the next volume of the @TheBodyBook. It is centered around the mental, physical and emotional journey of aging. And as we diligently put the finishing touches on the book, we’d like to ask for your help once more. This book is for you and about you and that’s why we’d like to see you on the cover. Much like the cover of the Body Book, under the jacket, were we featured women of all different shapes, sizes, builds and ethnicities. We would like for you to feel represented again, this time to show where you are in your process of aging. So we invite you to take a picture of yourself. It should look much like the one I have here; against a plain background, this general framing-you can crop closer to a portrait, and the higher-def the better! We’d like to see more of that beautiful face of yours than the body this time. And if you want to snap one with yourself and your mom and your daughter together, or any multiple generations or expressions of your journey with aging, we’d love to see those, too! And for the 50 we use on the actual cover, we’ll send you a signed copy of the book when it hits bookstores in April. So be yourself with it, be brave with it, have fun with it, and we can’t wait to see. Thank you again and Happy Selfie-ing!! Ox, Cameron To submit, click the link in my profile.

A photo posted by Cameron Diaz (@camerondiaz) on

“So let’s start celebrating...and stop punishing ourselves for not looking a certain way, and instead holding ourselves accountable for actually taking care of ourselves inside first, knowing the results on the exterior will be a shining side effect.”

Images: @camerondiaz

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