Cameron Diaz discusses her approach to ageing and ignoring Hollywood’s “toxic” beauty standards.
“I am absolutely a victim of all the societal objectifications and exploitations that women are subjected to,” she said. “I have bought into all of them in myself at certain times. It’s hard not to. It’s hard not to look at yourself and judge yourself against other sort of markers of beauty.”
Describing herself as a “beast” or “wild animal” since separating from Hollywood eight years ago, Diaz said her new attitude towards beauty couldn’t be more relaxed.
“I don’t care,” she said. “Literally, like the last thing I think about on a daily basis, maybe not at all during the day, is what I look like.”
Reflecting on her time as an actress, Diaz says sitting in front of a mirror for seven hours and “picking [herself] apart” was “toxic”.
“You’re like, ‘Why am I sitting here being so mean to myself?’” she said. “My body is strong. My body is capable. Why am I going to talk down to it? Why am I going to be mean to it when it’s carried me this far?”
She instead suggested that others on the journey toward self-acceptance should “stop looking in the mirror” and “stop taking pictures and selfies of yourself.”
Adding that she’s “done so much” and was looking forward to turning 50, Diaz admitted that she had no great advice for ageing well.
“I literally do nothing. I never wash my face,” she said. “I have a billion products that I never use – twice a month if I’m lucky […] I’m just not in that place right now where it’s where I put any energy. For me, I just want to stay strong.”