With today's announcement that Jennifer Aniston is declared the "Most Beautiful" in People Magazine's annual beauty issue, I'm feeling happy.  It's nice to see the media celebrating older women, and not limiting their cover selections to the 20-something "It Girls" and Supermodels.

Sure, Aniston is a brand ambassador for Aveeno's  Absolutely Ageless and Positively Radiant products.  But in addition to using nourishing skin care products, she's someone who believes beauty comes from within.  "Inner confidence, peace, kindness, and honesty..." are among her beauty tips.

I can think of a couple dozen younger celebrities who could have graced this year's People cover, but I'm glad the editors chose to give 47 year old Aniston the top spot instead.

At age 50, I appreciate that we're starting to see less airbrushing, and more real representations of beauty.  Cosmetics companies are hiring women in their 40s like Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Winslet to represent their lines.  Fashion shows are using more fuller figured models.  (I love that Tyra Banks calls them "fiercely real") And those wrinkles that we all have?  I call them "smile lines."  And I believe smiles are beautiful. Don't you?


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