People magazine just named a 50-year-old woman, actress Sandra Bullock, “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman” in its annual edition and put the Academy Award winner on its cover.
Bravo to them!
And while we’re on the topic of beauty, Jennifer Aniston is 46 and never looked better. Same with Jennifer Lopez, also in her mid-40s.
Although I’m not in Hollywood, I’m a columnist, radio host and TV commentator.
And at 46 myself, I’ve never been happier. I’ll take the cellulite, the laugh lines and even the stretch marks from having three healthy, great kids.
I’m simply more confident now than when I was in my 20s and wore a bikini all summer.
Who needs a two-piece when I can interview the next president of the United States with ease?
Not something I could’ve pulled off at 25.
(And at 46 years old, I’m receiving more advertising opportunities now from top brands than when I was much younger.)
It’s promising that a national magazine such as People appreciates women at every decade and honors them accordingly.
It’s a major step forward for all women when talented and beautiful women like Bullock — at the ripe age of 50 — are celebrated for their beauty and not cast aside for a few laugh lines in a normally youth-obsessed culture.
People magazine could easily have chosen any young ingenue or model in her 20s with perfect skin and body — but who possess only a fraction of Bullock’s talent, career achievements or life experience.
Instead People celebrated a woman who has built an impressive career in Hollywood, is a strong single mom and a self-made multimillionaire — all on her own terms.
And yes, Sandra’s still attractive. In fact, today women in their 40s, 50s and beyond have never looked better.
I applaud People for choosing a 50-year-old who has substance, not just looks. We must judge others — if at all — by what’s inside, not just the cover of the book. It’s the story that counts in the long run.
At 50, Sandra still has both to offer.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Boston Herald Drive” on Herald Radio and WMEX AM 1510 weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.