Photo: Sam Jones
Welcome to our new series ‘The Age of Beauty’ and my first inspirational woman is model and actress, Andie MacDowell.
Andie’s career has been punctuated with many brilliant roles as a recognised actress, and through the lens of a camera as a model. She has been a brand ambassador and spokeswoman for L’Oreal for over 30 years and has often spoken about ageing and how she feels about our ‘youth obsessed society’.
“Finding beauty as mature women in a culture that glorifies youth can be challenging but we don’t have any other choice if we want to be happy. Time is precious and cannot be wasted and there are so many aspects of maturity that are outrageously gorgeous. Don’t look back unless it is to see how far you’ve come.”
Her fitness obsession is hiking and yoga and says she gets so much more out of nature walks than hitting the gym.
“I do go to the gym because I can push myself hard and get a fast sweat, but hiking does more for you than just exercise – your cortisol levels are balanced by walking in nature. Yoga can be extremely athletic and I do advance yoga, so my body really gets a strong workout, but that’s not the only reason I do it. Yoga balances your hormones, calms your nervous system and can change your perspective on life in a positive way. Yoga makes you less stressful and when you’re less stressed you look more beautiful, it shows on your face. Hiking and yoga make you a much more beautiful person.”
Her ‘best kept beauty secret’:
“My best-kept beauty secret is that no matter what you do, how well you put on your makeup, or what care you take with what you wear, if you haven’t done your work on your interior life, your mind and your thoughts, nothing will help.”
A beauty myth she’d like to ‘debunk’:
“Is that you must be young to be beautiful, age isn’t a detriment and we don’t need to chase youth, we should all embrace every moment of our life.”
What does happiness mean to you?
“I think happiness is peace of mind. It’s definitely not superficial. Happiness is not a big house. I’ve had a big house and I’ve had a small house, and I think I was happier in the smaller house. Happiness is never going to be things. It’s also love and attachment, but to me happiness is really peace of mind.”
In a recent interview to celebrate her sixtieth birthday she was asked – what do you think this new decade will bring into your life? (Oh, how I love her answer.)
“I know what I hope it brings. I would like to do more spiritual work. Go listen to Ram Dass talk, and Marianne Williamson; go to a yoga retreat and cultivate every aspect of myself so that I can continue to work on peace of mind. As you get older, I feel like if you’re going down the right road there is this clarity that you can see in your eyes. It’s a gentleness that is the most beautiful aspect a human can have. That is my goal, to continue to work on that gentle side of myself.”
A timeless beauty, Andie also actively supports the Research Fund Against Ovarian Cancer as well as UNICEF and the ENOUGH Project, which fights against genocide and crimes against humanity.