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Last year, Sharon Stone wrote an emotional piece in The Hollywood Reporter about the massive brain hemorrhage she had in 2001 that nearly cost her her life. “I bled in my brain for nine days. I spent two years learning to walk and talk again," she wrote.
The experience gave the actress a new, unapologetic view on aging in a climate where youth is paramount (Hollywood), and redefined how she approached work and life. "I don't need someone to make me feel bad about growing older. I'll tell you what makes you feel bad: when you think you might not."
Today, at age 56, Stone is stunning. She says she's worked hard to get there, especially following her health scare. She works out four to five days a week and no longer eats gluten or drinks alcohol.
But the key to looking Sharon Stone perfect, she says, is how she feels about herself. “The key to looking good as you get older is, it all comes from the inside. You have to do what you like to do," Stone wrote. “If you hate to go to the gym, don't put yourself on a gym regimen. Do what you like to do, but do it every day," she wrote.
The idea that we get better with age is nothing new. It does, however, seem to be more apparent among today's Boomer celebs. Consider the ages of these Boomers, all of whom are as gorgeous now as they were 10 or even 20 years ago:
- Michelle Obama, 51
- Rob Lowe, 51
- Brad Pitt, 51
- Denzel Washington, 60
- Demi Moore, 52
- Valerie Bertinelli, 55
- Meryl Streep, 66
Richard Branson recently confronted his age in a blog post on Virgin.com, where he wrote about accepting his transition from being one of the youngest entrepreneurs to one of the oldest. Rather than lament his age, Branson embraces it. "There is no need whatsoever for older entrepreneurs not to try new things. In fact, those of us who have a fair few years behind us are often in an even better position, as we have made more mistakes to learn from," Branson wrote.
And actress Monica Bellucci, 50, made history last year when she was announced as the oldest Bond girl in "Spectre," due out in November 2015.
The Boomer generation came of age looking up to these celebrities - they were role models, friends from afar, and inspirations. Today, that still holds true. They find inspiration in how Sharon Stone overcame her stroke and how a Bond girl no longer has to be in her 20s. They try out bangs after Michelle Obama goes in for a trim.
When you think about the celebrities and Boomers redefining aging with grace and pride, what's one thing that unifies them? They're not trying to look 30 years younger. They're embracing their age and owning who they are.
And according to a study by AARP and Iconoculture, the Boomer mindset is confident, takes pride in experience and wisdom, and, perhaps most importantly, is ageless.
No matter how old, it seems Boomers - celebrities and otherwise - agree confidence is the secret to looking (and feeling) their best.