Jane Fonda Knows The 'Third Act' Of Life Is The Best Yet

The actress graces the cover of a special-edition British Vogue supplement dedicated to embracing aging.

Jane Fonda is finally in her eighties — and is loving every minute of it. In the May "non-issue" of British Vogue, she says now that she's in her "third act" of life, she finally feels whole. 

"For the bulk of my life, I would say up until my seventies, I spent my life like a double image, like a double exposure. As an adolescent, in order to fit in, I made sure no one — especially boys or men — could see who I really was; that I could get really angry, that I could not be pretty, that I could be tough. I went through life not whole," she tells the publication. "That is the main thing about the third act as I’m living it. I am no longer a double image."

British Vogue is coming out with the "non-issue" in May as an 80-page supplement that aims to challenge the perception of aging. The special edition, co-presented by L’Oréal Paris, will also feature L’Oréal ambassadors such as Helen Mirren and Isabelle Adjani, along with makeup artist Val Garland. 

"For me, promoting diversity in Vogue has never been solely about a person's ethnicity or gender. It's about diversity across the board," says British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful. "Seeing the amazing array of women over 50 in this special edition proves that a person's age will always be a more intriguing, nuanced and inspiring factor than a simple number could ever suggest."

Fonda obviously shares British Vogue's sentiment that aging is something to be celebrated and that we should only feel empowered as we get older.

"I didn’t think I’d ever ever live this long — or feel that I’m whole or getting whole," she tells the publication. "I feel very intentional about realizing that it’s up to me how this last part of my life goes."

The special issue will be on newsstands in May. We'll be snatching up a copy. How about you?

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