Top 10 beautiful 40-somethings

Published: 27th Aug, 2009

Not including this old thing…


It’s a great time for the sisterhood. Not so many years ago, once a lady made it past 28, she was either instructed to have a baby immediately, or moved to a remote Scottish island to die a withered nattering porridge-breathed old spinster. Any notion of beauty and sensuality during the ascent into middle age was scoffed at by high society. But, more fool them, because thanks to Barack Obama (probably), women can now get even better looking and sexier during the natural aging process. Here, in no particular order, are ten examples of modern day Cleopatra’s – age cannot wither them…

Salma Hayek, 42


Hayek’s impressive raven hair oscillates between being straight, and being a bit curly, yet her magnificent curves always stay the same, even as she accelerates towards middle age. She still has the kind of taut, aggressive body that gives anxious people the jelly-legs.

Pamela Anderson, 42

Pamela Anderson

Were you to clumsily bundle a street gang into a warehouse and demand at machine gunpoint that they describe the perfect woman, you would return home with a picture of Pamela Anderson in your head – early-40s, someone’s mum, big fake bosoms, no stomach, curves, magnificent bulbous lips, gigantic yellow hair. See, hoodies, if you just focus…

Diane Lane, 44

Diane Lane

Fans of 80s Brat Pack classic The Outsiders will already know this woman – she was the preppy posh chick called Cherry Valance who made Matt Dillon feel really horny. She’s now a very attractive 44-year-old woman, married to Josh Brolin.

Davina McCall, 41


When she’s not shouting the end of every sentence into a microphone, or gurning, Davina McCall is a very beautiful woman in her 40s. Her mother was a Frenchman, which could go some way to explaining her slightly Gallic face.

Monica Bellucci, 44

Monica Bellucci

Monica, you might remember, was in Mel Gibson’s rather brutal and over-the-top remake of The Life of Brian, and she’s also enjoyed a few modeling shoots in her time. A stunning woman, she’s Italian or something.

Polly Walker, 43

Polly Walker

A beautiful Cheshire lass, Polly was brilliant in Rome – a tale of intrigue, betrayal, bloody murder, and naked women. Polly played the arch seductress Atia, who rarely had any clothes on. A magnificent 40something.

Kate Garraway, 42


Garraway totally splits the Interestment consensus down the middle, with one half baffled at her inclusion ahead of stunners like Jennifer Lopez and Marisa Tomei. But as one member of the family pointed out, “there’s just something about her.” And he might be right. We particularly like that time she breastfed a cow.

Halle Berry, 43

Halle Berry

When people look back at Halle Berry’s cinema career, they’ll think of the bit where she came out of the water, seriously tightening 007’s tiny little swimming knickers in the Bond film. Then there was the awful Catwoman disaster, contrasted with the astonishingly long sex scene in that film about racists which snaffled her an Oscar. Great gal.

Liz Hurley, 44

Liz Hurley

Who could ever forget the time that Hurley turned up at that important function wearing a tatty old dress held together by old Beano badges and bits of rope? What an evening that turned out to be. Since then, over fifteen years ago, she has been a household name. Even though no one is sure what she does.

Cindy Crawford, 43


Cindy Crawford came on the scene in the 1980s, and suddenly it was considered the height of sexiness to have a dark brown mole sitting atop a lady’s lip. Before that, such an intriguing deformity would have you killed, but she was just too gorgeous. And, at 43, still is.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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