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Angela Bassett has said it before and she will say it again: “You look good for your age,” is does not a compliment.
The 63-year-old recently opened up about why she feels that way.
“When we take care of ourselves, we look good in relation to our age, no matter what age it is, you know?”
As a 63-year-old, Angela Bassett knows she looks good. She does not need anyone to tell her, especially if they want to add “for your age” to the end of the compliment.
If you think about it, the overused phrase, “You look good for your age,” is a kind of backhanded insult – why should age be a factor in someone’s beauty? Bassett wants to know.
“I think when we take care of ourselves, we look good in relation to our age, no matter what age it is, you know?” told the actress recently With style.
It’s not the first time 9-1-1 The star has not resisted the cliché either. In 2018, she told Lure of the time a woman leaned in over the counter to say, “You look so young.” Instead of thanking her, Bassett had a little fun with it. “I said, ‘Hearing that is a wonderful thing – since I’m 80!'” She laughed.
Although she admitted Lure that it “feels good that they are wondering,” she knows that her value is rooted in much more than appearance. This is something she has been very aware of throughout her career, especially as someone who has stepped into the shoes of legendary characters like Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz, Tina Turner and Black Panther‘s Ramonda, Queen of Wakanda.
“30 and 40 years ago, when I started, black characters were weighted too heavily in the negative. I was always aware of those images,” she said. With style. “There is complexity for us. There is beauty for us. There is strength in us. There is compassion for us. There are so many wonderful things.”
Maybe that’s why she does not have a wealth of advice when it comes to looking youthful – she has more important things to talk about. And when it comes to her radiant skin specifically, she admitted that she can not take much credit for it.
“My esthetician is a big part of it. I found an amazing one, Skin by Mamie [Mamie McDonald]. She is so gifted at what she does, ”Bassett raved. “As August Wilson once wrote, after two hours with her, ‘I shine like new money.’
And while it may be hard to believe, she has problem areas popping up, “like hormonal changes and melasma,” she said. And since McDonald’s is not working on his magic on Bassett’s skin, the actress told earlier Los Angeles Times that she loves to use Dr. Barbara Sturm’s line for darker skin tones.
“But I feel like so much of who we are is inside,” she said With style. “So if you’re stressed, it shows up, and it shows up in your skin.”
In fact, in Bassett’s opinion, it’s better to stay as stress free as possible than any anti-aging cream on the market. “As we move forward, 60 is the new 40, or 70 is the new 50. It keeps getting pushed,” she said. Lure. “But you have to keep the stress down and the attitude warm.”
Now these are some words of wisdom we can live by.
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