It's only natural that your ideas, and opinions evolve as you age. For Diane Keaton, her thoughts on body image in particular have changed a lot since she was younger. We sat down with the iconic actress at a L'Oréal Paris event that she hosted in Los Angeles, supporting the Melanoma Research Alliance, where where she confessed that she used to subscribe to a very narrow-minded standard of beauty.
was very opinionated when I was young about women, and what was
attractive in a woman," she told us. "To me, it was your model look: The
wide shoulders, no hips, and long, long legs. And, you could wear
Eventually, she saw the light, and realized that every kind of body is beautiful in its own right. "By the time I was 50, when I adopted [my daughter], I'd
already seen that we come in all shapes and sizes, and it's really
pretty spectacular. The curvacious female form, which I used to consider
contentious — now I just can't believe how gorgeous it is. So, women
come in all sizes and shapes, and I'm into all of it. Every bit of it,
and I really mean that."
Read on for the number one beauty lesson she's learned, what she wouldn't be caught dead wearing, and more. Plus, click through to peek her inspiring style evolution from the '70s to today.
What was your style like when you were younger?
"[Since I was young,] I [have] loved people who dressed
unusually. I remember I was the first girl in high school to have a
polka-dot black dress, from fabric that my mother, and I found from a
different dress at the Goodwill. And, I had pierced ears. I did all
those things; I was the alternative way to go."
What's one thing that you wish you knew or did more of in your 20s, beauty-wise?
"This right here
is everything. You've got to have some sort [of sunscreen], end of
discussion. I think that covers everything — that's most important. In
my family, we're all fair-skinned. My father had [skin cancer] very bad,
and I should have learned. Of course I didn't. My brother has had it
seriously on his nose. My aunt — I forgot about this — they took off her
nose. That's how bad it was! She had let it go, and she had to live
you’re a big proponent of sunscreen, but your personal style (turtlenecks,
hats, etc.) lends itself
to sun protection, too. Happy coincidence or totally planned?
think it's a coincidence, since it took me so long to get serious about
sunblock. I did always like hats, but I don't know if it was to protect
myself. I just always liked them."When was the day that you made the decision to always wear sunscreen religiously?
that came in my 40s. That's too late for it to come into your life.
Like a lot of things, you know? You go, 'Oh gosh, I think I should be
taking care of this.' But, I didn't put it on every day. I'd just put it
on when I'd go sit on the beach, but that was a mistake, too."You
grew up in L.A., and watched your daughter grow up in L.A. Is the
pressure for kids to look perfect better, worse, or the same now?
no pressure] in my house, obviously. She couldn't be more the opposite
of me. She probably looks at me and goes, 'Oh my god, what is she doing
now, that woman?' But, I think this is the land of everything. I really
think it's all up for grabs. She was a swimmer, so when you're a
swimmer, it's a lot about being simple. You've got spectacular, healthy,
athletic bodies — are you going to sit around and think about a skirt,
like me?"You have such an inspiring sense of style. How do you encourage girls to find their own personal style?
"I like to compliment people, because to me, it's
always fun to look at what people are up to, and what people wear, and how
they present themselves."Do you have any style rules you live by?
"Long sleeves are good. You think I'm going to flail these arms about naked? Forget it; it's not happening. Don't do that, Diane. But, it's not true for everyone, and they don't see the way I see."