Plus, read everything the star has said about growing older

By Jillian Ruffo
Updated September 29, 2016 06:00 PM
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Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t keep her age a secret. In fact, she flaunts it. And on her 44th birthday, the star not only showed off her glowing, makeup-free skin, but also her bikini-clad body in a black-and-white Stella McCartney two-piece. (She’s currently vacationing in Mexico!) So in honor of Paltrow’s fondness for her forties, we’re looking back at everything she’s said about growing older.

PEOPLE, 2016: “I wish more women had told me that at 40 you sort of stop worrying about what other people think about you, and you come into yourself in the most phenomenal way. I think the 40s are such a gift, and I feel more beautiful now than I did 10 years ago or 20 years ago.”

Paltrow added, “I think even though physically I don’t look like I did when I was 25, I feel beautiful because I feel like myself.”

SELF, 2016: “It’s a fantastic age. You can still find yourself at a party at 3 a.m., but you also know enough about who you are and how that informs the choices you make,” she said. “It’s like, I’m good! I’m not going to strive to be anyone else or please anybody else.”

The Huffington Post, 2016: “First of all, I love getting older,” she told HuffPo. “I so value the life experience under my belt and my wrinkles come with that. I would never want to go back in time.”

PEOPLE, 2016: “I think it’s really important to be happy, and I think women get happy by being authentic,” she said. “But I also believe in exercise, eating well, drinking lots of water, sex, sleeping and being around people who make you feel good.”

“I earned these gray hairs, I really am not afraid of getting older.”

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PEOPLE, 2014: “But now I’m 41, so I need to be a girl and deal with products and put them on and stuff,” she said. “I still think a hot wash cloth is a really good exfoliator, and I still use it. But I put a cleanser on first. Exfoliation is super important. A hot wash cloth and good scrub.”

Stylist, 2014: “I know it’s a cliché, but I really do subscribe to the ‘age gracefully’ thing,” she explained. “You can fight it to a degree, but I accept the beauty of being a grown woman and the wisdom that comes with it.”

“Of course I can get into the frame of mind where I get critical…but I really try to not do that and try to appreciate the incredible life I’ve lived and all I’ve learned,” she said. “I like that all of that is written on my face.”

Cosmopolitan UK, 2013: “I don’t like Botox. I think on some faces it works, but it’s when you can really see it that it starts to look fake,” Paltrow said. “I think people look at tiny patches of their face and try to fix everything — they’ve lost the plot!”

Harper’s Bazaar, 2012: “I’ll take my wrinkles,” she proudly vowed. “I don’t like the Botox thing.”

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