Life begins after 40 - especially for these female stars who are beating younger actresses and models to front some of the biggest beauty campaigns of the decade...
British actress Vanessa Redgrave has been announced as the new face of Gucci’s Cruise 2017 collection.
The Howard’s End
star, 79, proves that beauty has no age limit as she gives the
campaign’s younger models a run for their money in stunning photographs
shot in Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
collection features pleated skirts, embroidered coats and silk shirts
inspired by the “beautiful chaos” of English culture. Creative director
Alessandro Michele told Women’s Wear Daily: “There’s something very punk
about the idea that you can wear a skirt from your granny’s wardrobe.”
Redgrave also stars in a short film that was unveiled along with the images via Gucci’s Instagram account.
are the days of young twenty-something’s stealing the beauty spotlight
in Hollywood and beyond. These days, it’s the older generation that are
getting all the attention – and rightly so!
is a whole slew of female stars over 40 who are beating younger
actresses and models to front some of the biggest beauty and fashion
campaigns of the decade. From blonde goddess Gwyneth Paltrow in her
early 40s to the one and only Jane Fonda in her late 70s, these gorgeous
women prove that women can be celebrated for their talents and beauty
at any age.
Earlier this year, Italian actress, filmmaker and model, Isabella Rossellini revealed as the newest muse for French beauty brand, Lancôme.
The new appointment is actually a return for the 63-year-old model who became the first ever face of Lancôme in 1983 - a reign which lasted 14 years. Isabella's quiet confidence and ageless beauty embodies everything the brand stands for today and has seen her soar to the top of a very long list of possible ambassadors.
Françoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme explains why Isabella was the obvious choice;
'Beyond Lancôme's values, which she represents so magnificently and quintessentially, Isabella embodies the idea of an accomplished beauty that is synonymous with well-being. She also maintains a very positive, serene attitude to age, which she experiences as liberating and self-affirming,'
Illustration courtesy of Lancôme.
See the other 40+ women changing the face of fashion and beauty...
Proving that age really is just a number, Sophia Loren is the latest ageless celebrity to front a high fashion campaign, as the star of Dolce & Gabbana's stunning new ad for their latest fragrance, Dolce Rosa Excelsa. Set in a Sicilian mansion, Loren plays a matriarch of an Italian brood. Loren has starred in a string of fabulous films over the course of her lifetime, including Marriage Italian Style, Arabesque and more recently, Nine. She has also long been hailed for her distinctly Italian beauty, and is still turning heads today at the age of 81! Watch Sophia in the gorgeous new campaign below...
When Twiggy was announced as the new UK Ambassador of L'Oreal Professional, fifty years on from her very first campaign as the face of the French cosmetics giant, we were thrilled but not so surprised. We think she looks stunning! The sixties model follows in the footsteps of Dame Helen Mirren, 69 and Jane Fonda, 77 who also appeared in big budget campaigns for the brand last year. The new appointments reveal a lean towards a new positive era of ageless beauty for the fashion and beauty industry, where mature women are not only visible but outshining the twenty something's.
Delighted with her role Twiggy explained in an interview:
'I hope to inspire women to be confident in their personal style and never to be afraid of trying something new.'
Lorraine Kelly made waves in the fashion industry by launching her very own line with JD Williams.
The collection which suits all ages, shapes and sizes, was solely inspired by 50+ women and the struggle mature women face when trying to find pieces on the highstreet that fit and flatter.
'I wanted to help women realise they don't have to give up on fashion once they hit 50; and I am hopeful that my collection reiterates that message. I'm really excited to be able to offer a stylish solution.'
In 2014, Dame Helen Mirren joined Jane Fonda, Julienne Moore and Hugh Laurie as the latest high achieving actor to front a L'Oréal Paris campaign.
Sporting Monroe-style hollywood waves and glowing skin, the 69-year-old icon gave younger L'Oréal Paris stars Beyoncé and Cheryl Cole a run for their money and stated;
"I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. We are all worth it!'
When L'Oreal launched their Collection Exclusive Pure Reds, a range of red lipsticks tailored to suit everyone (no matter your skin shade, undertone, hair colour or age), they turned to seasoned pros to front the campaign.
Jane Fonda, 77 and Julianne Moore, 54 took centre stage in the campaign which featured models and actresses from all age groups.
When Nars geared up to celebrate their 20th anniversary, they chose a very special celebrity to front their latest campaign: Legendary British film star, Charlotte Rampling.
A long-time muse of the Nars founder, Francois Nars, 68-year-old Charlotte featured in a set of black and white photos, shot by the man himself. Nars chose Charlotte for her natural beauty and grace, proving that you don't need plastic surgery to still be considered beautiful in her industry. Is this the start of a new attitude to ageless beauty? We really hope so...
We were so excited that supermodel, Stephanie Seymour was chosen as the new spokeswoman for Estée Lauder. At 45, Stephanie had beaten much younger models to become the brand's ambassador, marking the start of an exciting new chapter in beauty.
Stephanie, who has already modelled for Revlon, L'Oreal and Dior in the past joined other global superstars such as Carolyn Murphy, Constance Jablonski and our very own Elizabeth Hurley for this landmark moment in beauty.
An all-American girl, Stephanie has matured into a role model for the over 40s and with her healthy lifestyle and glamorous look, it's no wonder that Estée Lauder has chosen her as its latest ambassador.
Read on to see our the other 40-plus celebrities making waves in the beauty world...
At 46, Julia Roberts is not only on top of her game in the film world, but is also the face of Lancôme's sumptuous fragrance, La Vie Est Belle. An ambassador for the brand since 2010, this was her first fragrance campaign with the company. Looking at Julia on the red carpet and in her beauty campaigns, her natural beauty shines through and it's easy to see why Lancôme has selected the actress over younger stars.
Cate Blanchett is so striking, why wouldn't she be picked for beauty
campaigns over younger starlets? With her strawberry blonde locks and
porcelain skin, the Aussie actress is a great advert for taking time
over a beauty routine and finding the right products for your skin. In
fact, Cate is so radiant, she could convince us to invest in any
skincare range, if it gave us that enviable glow!
Liz has been the face of many an Estée Lauder campaign over the years and at nearly 50 she is still going strong as the spokesmodel for the Pleasures and Sensuous Nude fragrances, as well as various cosmetic and skincare lines. Liz is always on hand to dazzle at any Breast Cancer Awareness launch with Estée Lauder, helping the brand to raise millions. In her 18th year as an Estée Lauder spokesmodel, there's no chance of a young and less experienced model taking over from this much-loved British icon.
Even after turning 40, Gwyneth Paltrow continues to give younger actresses, models and even foodies and bloggers a run for their money. Writing her own wellbeing books, raising two children and still featuring in blockbusters such as Iron Man, Contagion and TV show Glee, you can see why fronting one of the biggest Hugo Boss adverts released for years is all in a day's work for Gwyneth.