At 84 years old, Jane Fonda has some regrets: namely, she isn’t proud of the facelift she got in her 40s.
Fonda opened up about her experience with plastic surgery in an interview with Vogue published on Tuesday. The fitness icon was promoting the new H&M Move Campaign, which stars Fonda, choreographer JaQuel Knight (who worked with Beyoncé on “Single Ladies,”), and H&M Move athletic wear.
She is, of course, comfortable in the role of fitness maven. Her first and most famous 1982 exercise video became the top selling VHS for six years and sparked a second career.
But this time around, Fonda’s athletic turn comes with a side of truth. She bears it all when she talks about going under the knife.
Why She ‘Isn’t Proud’ of Her Facelift
Money won’t stop you from growing older, Fonda says, noting that “we all know a lot of women who are wealthy who’ve had all kinds of facelifts and things like that and they look terrible.”
“I had a facelift,” she says, “and I stopped because I don’t want to look distorted. I’m not proud of the fact that I had [one] … I don’t know if I had it to do over if I would do it.”
Fonda realized early on that plastic surgery could become an obsession, particularly among women like herself, who have means, privilege, and access to it. “You have money. You can afford a trainer. You can afford plastic surgery. You can afford facials,” she says of herself. “You can afford the things that help make you continue to look young.” She worried, though, about taking it to the exteme.
“Don’t keep doing it,” she told herself. “A lot of women, I don’t know, they’re addicted to it,” she says.
How She Embraces Growing Older
Now that she’s stopped getting facelifts and other cosmetic procedures, Fonda is taking care of her skin in other ways — and loving herself the way she is.
“I stay moisturized, I sleep, I move, I stay out of the sun, and I have good friends who make me laugh,” she says. “Laughter is a good thing, too.”
Her advice for the next generation? “I want young people to stop being afraid about getting older,” she adds. “What matters isn’t age, isn’t that chronological number. What matters is your health.”