"I think our bodies are beautiful, and I think celebrating them and being comfortable in them—no matter what age you are—is important," she said.
She's redefined the concept of aging and doesn't look a day younger than 40 even though she is now officially in her 50s. Jennifer Aniston has always been one of the most admired actresses in Hollywood, not just for her talent, but for the sheer confidence that she carries herself with. While she's had a successful career, the actress has had her fair share of heartache and broken relationships. But instead of letting those experiences change her, she's grown stronger from them and hasn't let them change who she is.
"Inner confidence. Peace. Kindness. Honesty. A life well-lived," is how Jennifer Aniston defines beauty, and she embodies every bit of those words. She doesn't regret the choices she's made, and most importantly, doesn't allow people to convince her that she's failed. "Taking on challenges and not feeling shame for things that haven’t gone the way you felt they should have," she told People. "And not feeling like a failure or allowing people to critique your life and make you feel like you’ve failed at something. That’s just toxic noise."
Having recently crossed the age of 50, she still remains extremely comfortable in her skin and embraces what comes with every age. "I think our bodies are beautiful, and I think celebrating them and being comfortable in them—no matter what age you are—is important," she said in an interview covered by Harper’s Bazaar. "There shouldn’t be any kind of shame or discomfort around it."
Previously, she spoke about how women are trained to think based on how old they are. By living life on her own terms, she's broken those norms and followed her own path. "We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children," Jennifer Aniston told Elle. "That’s a fairy tale. That’s the mold we’re slowly trying to break out of."
She refused to let the tabloids, the rumors, and the countless societal expectations define her life. While everybody else chases after the idea of a 'happy ending' that is based on the rules set for women, she chooses to live her 50s by just being happy. “Why do we want a happy ending? How about just a happy existence? A happy process? We’re all in process constantly,” she said.
People may have tried to convince her that she needs to be happy. But she's found in herself the power to achieve inner happiness. “It’s not like you hear that narrative about any men,” she said. "That’s part of sexism—it’s always the woman who’s scorned and heartbroken and a spinster. It’s never the opposite."
Being in the relationships she had, she may have been made to feel like the victim in the relationships and the marriages that fell apart. Having to deal with her pain while the tabloids were obsessed with her wasn't easy at all.
“There are many stages of grief,” she said about her divorce, according to Vanity Fair. "It’s sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way—cracks you open to feeling. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain. I’m a human being, having a human experience in front of the world. I wish it weren’t in front of the world. I try really hard to rise above it."
Despite that, she hasn't allowed it to cloud her idea of love. She doesn't believe that love is something she absolutely needs to keep living, but she will remain open to it when it comes her way, the right way.
"Having experienced everything you don’t want in a partner over time, it starts to narrow down to what you actually do want," she told InStyle magazine, as reported by Express. "As I get older, I realize what qualities are important in love, what suits me and what I won’t settle for." When she was asked about never being tired of love, she said, "When it comes knocking, it’s going to be welcomed. I’m not like, 'No, I’m done with that. That’s never going to happen again.'"
Having made peace with her past, she said, "...I would say I don’t find any of my past has given me a reason to harden up and create a shell or a wall of 'No more, that’s it, I’m closed.'"Apart from still being open to love, she also talked about how she doesn't believe that there is only one soulmate destined for her. "I think we have many soul mates. I don’t think there’s one and one only. I think we have soul clusters."
There are some relationships that are extremely important to her and she also added, "I’ve had some of my friends for 35 years. I think we’ve all made some sort of unconscious agreement. It’s like when certain groups of people meet, they form a little soul cluster—a sort of common group of souls who have been put together."