Ban Breakup Blues: 7 Bombshells Prove The Best Is Yet To Come

The world is full of single people. They have friends, they work, they enjoy themselves. And yet, the image of the divorcée is still a pervasively negative one in American society. While ending a marriage may have gone through a period of women's liberation glam some years ago, these days, it often conjures up a sad picture of a sweatpants-clad spinster crying into her many cats while watching Real Housewives marathons. The whole idea that an ex-wife can do nothing but completely let herself go until she either dies alone or manages to change her fleeing husband's mind is pathetically outdated.
Lucky for the world, a number of beautiful, successful celebrities are debunking that stereotype left and right. While we're slightly reluctant to call these paparazzi targets the forefront of feminism, the truth is that women of all ages look up to these stars for cues on what's socially acceptable and desirable (there's a reason tabloids pay more than your life savings for those photos). They're mothers, actresses, and role models — inspiring personifications of the ideal that a woman can (and should!) be as happy with herself as she is with a mate on her arm. These focal points of the public eye are proving that there is life after marriage, and it has absolutely nothing to do with unwashed pajamas and uncouth amounts of ice cream. Hit the slideshow for seven gorgeous women proving the haters wrong. Here's to looking out for number one!
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We know, we know — we had no idea she'd been married either! Funny girl Kristen Wiig was with actor Hayes Hargrove until '09. Now, she's moved on to Fabrizio Moretti (the drummer of The Strokes), and she couldn't be happier! Krizzio Wiggetti, anyone?

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We never thought Jane Fonda would crumble into a pile of sadness after divorcing Ted Turner in '01 — she's tried her hand at pretty much everything, from political activism to exercise videos (not to mention two previous marriages). After her divorce, she battled cancer in '10 and came out on top, as you can clearly see by her jubilant, age-defying beauty at this year's Cannes festival.

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It was the breakup of the decade, if not the century: Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were America's favorite couple, and their divorce seemed to come out of nowhere. And while the tabloids thought she'd never recover, Jennifer has used the determination that helped her shake the Rachel role and applied it to her personal life. She's been linked to a variety of different Hollywood men since Jen and Brad split in '05, and she's churned out plenty of movies that haven't failed to impress.

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While we give major props to those willing to go it alone post-divorce, we're also happy to see a strong woman move on to the right man (some faster than others). British star Rachel Weisz broke it off with fiancé Darren Aronofsky in November of 2010 (though they remain close) and married Mr. Bond Daniel Craig in June of 2011. Either Rachel Weisz found the fountain of youth or she's really just that happy. At 42, this talented actress has never looked better.

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We hate to spin the rumor mill, but the difference between Katie Holmes pre- and post-Tom Cruise is more than notable. We're not saying he brainwashed her, but she looks so happy and free these days — and we're suckers for those adorable shots of her and Suri out on the town. Katie, it's good to see you smile.

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90210 sweetheart Jennie Garth is freshly single, having divorced her husband of 11 years in March. She's as beautiful as ever, and she has an air of serene confidence that's totally infectious. This is the face (and outfit!) of a woman who's not afraid to be on her own.

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Christie Brinkley is the original all-American supermodel, so it's not exactly shocking to see her looking this good at 56 (can you believe this gorgeous photo is only two years old?). Brinkley divorced her fourth husband in '08, and she's been the epitome of glowing single motherhood ever since.

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