The Oscar and Emmy winner said that women in their 40s "grow into ourselves more" and speak their minds without being afraid of what people think.
More and more celebrity women are spreading the message of self-love the older they get. Kate Winslet is one of them, encouraging women in their 40s to embrace the natural process of getting older. It is a gift that only makes you “more powerful” as a woman, according to the Oscar-winning actor. Being in the spotlight is hard enough and aging in the public eye can leave room for scrutiny but Winslet is celebrating herself in her 40s and wants other women to join.
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• Marianne Dashwood in 'Sense and Sensibility' (Actress in a Supporting Role)
• Rose DeWitt Bukater in 'Titanic' (Actress in a Leading Role)
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"I'm 47, there are bits that don't do what you want them to do anymore," Winslet said on BBC's Woman's Hour podcast. "There's something kind of fab about going: 'Oh well, that's just the way it is, isn't it?' But I think women come into their 40s, certainly mid-40s, thinking: 'Oh well, this is the beginning of the decline and things start to change and fade and slide in directions that I don't want them to go in anymore.' And I've just decided no."
Winslet, who has three children—Mia Threapleton, 22, Joe Mendes, 18, and Bear Blaze, 9— has been looking at the process of aging in a more positive light for years now. The Titanic has a message for women in their 40s. "We become more woman, more powerful, more sexy," she said. She further added that women in their 40s "grow into ourselves more" and speak their minds without being afraid of what people think. She said that at this age women don't "care what we look like quite so much." She asked the women to "let's just be in our power. Why not? Life's too flipping short."
In her younger years, the Mare of Easttown actress was body-shamed having been told to settle for "fat girl" roles. Earlier this month, she shared what it was like to be body-shamed as a young, up-and-coming actress. She used to be called "blubber" she revealed to The Sunday Times. "It can be extremely negative," Winslet told the outlet. "People are subject to scrutiny that is more than a young, vulnerable person can cope with." She admitted that things seemed to be moving forward with the movie industry becoming more diverse and inclusive. The Emmy winner said, "When I was younger my agent would get calls saying, 'How's her weight?' I kid you not. So it's heartwarming that this has started to change."
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