Cameron Diaz for Esquire Magazine

Posted on July 08, 2014

Up and coming ladystars-to-be, beware. When a men’s magazine asks you to pose for pictures, the results are only going to be slightly more covered up than if some creepy guy at the bus stop asked you to pose for pictures. In other words, forget modeling fashion. Men’s mag editorials are more like a cross between the swimsuit portion of a beauty pageant and a wet t-shirt contest.

 

Cameron-Diaz-Esquire-August-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Cameron Diaz covers the August 2014 issue of Esquire magazine photographed by Vincent Peters.

 

On children: “It’s so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for—I didn’t take that on. That did make things easier for me. A baby— that’s all day, every day for eighteen years. I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother. I have it much easier than any of them. That’s just what it is. Doesn’t mean life isn’t sometimes hard. I’m just what I am. I work on what I am. Right now, I think, things are good for me. I’ve done a lot. And I don’t care anymore.”

On being naked in “Sex Tape”: “It’s a first for me. But Jason [Segel] gets naked, too. It’s just a part of the role. So I did it. I mean you see everything.

On being in her forties: “I like being forty-one. I love it. So much shit just falls away. Fear, mostly. It’s the best age. That’s when a woman knows how to work things, or she doesn’t care about that anymore. You just stop being afraid. You don’t worry about what men think. You just don’t worry that time registers anything awful.”

 

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Literally.

She’s a grown woman and presumably a star of her standing has some say in how these things go (at the very least, she has veto power), so it’s not for us to wag our fingers and shame her for it. She looks great and the pics are hot. She works in a business where such things are important.

But if there’s anything to really get annoyed about here, it’s those sound bites; answers to questions no male star would EVER get asked.

What’s it like to be in your forties?

Why don’t you have children?

Tell us about your latest nude scene.

UGH.

Again, we don’t blame her for this. In a way, we’re not even sure it’s worth blaming Esquire for it. It’s too big of a cultural thing for us to point fingers at any one offender. Still, it’d be nice if editors started flagging these questions and alerting the interviewers to stop asking them – or to start asking them of male stars more often.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Vincent Peters for Esquire Magazine]

    • Carleenml

      Bravo, TLo. Well said.

    • Thomas

      Didn’t she do a shoot like this last year as well? Maybe for Esquire too?

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Might you be thinking of that awful Nicole Kidman spread (pun intended) in V Magazine?

        • Thomas

          Nope. I looked it up. It was for Esquire UK’s November 2012 edition. Oh Cameron.

          • Vegas Girl

            I think it’s mostly all she does. No comment on whether that’s by choice or not, but it always came off as a direct contrast to me to her blurbs about being so comfortable in her skin & age. Which is silly, because she is clearly gorgeous at any age!

            • Kent Roby

              Of course it’s by choice; plenty of stars avoid going this route, both with the photos and the articles. Cameron is too established to be some helpless victim at this point.

          • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

            Did Terry Richardson take those photos?

            • Kent Roby

              The film quality looks too good to be TR. Also, he’d make it much worse, like having her hump a dolphin and eat a carrot while getting splashed with the water.

            • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

              I meant the ones for Esquire UK.

            • Thomas

              Yup, those were done by Terry. Much worse than these unfortunately.

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        I believe I remember it being looked at as skirting the line of desperation as well. She’s gorgeous, and she’s got a rockin bod, but she’s gonna turn into Madonna pretty soon if she doesn’t wise up.

      • Kent Roby

        I have a feeling that Cammie would insist on doing this type of spread for “Catholicism Today”.

        • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

          “When you turn 40, you stop caring what men think. And that includes priests and bishops.”

    • sundaynightaddict

      As a childless by choice person myself, the question is annoying, but her answer speaks to me nonetheless.

      • http://www.dinnerisserved1972.com DinnerIsServed1972

        Word.

        • Tanya Wade

          Double word.

        • rh33

          Triple word.

      • Introspective

        as someone with a child, the answer speaks to me. i get all the feels from the bits of me that wasnt sure i wanted to be a mom before making the plunge, and that still isnt sure im cut out for it now that i am…

        but indeed uncles TLo, i agree with your assessment of this bullshit wholeheartedly. how about stop asking women questions about personal stuff. how about she gets asked about her craft? how she manages to portray smart, sexy and funny in the same role, even when its not written that way? does she have aspirations to write or direct? you know, shit men get asked in these pieces…

      • sugarkane105

        I thought it was refreshing to see an upfront, honest answer in that regard. Much better than the, “Well, maybe someday…” many female celebrities feel the need to say.

        • barbarienne

          It’s a lot harder to make that believable once you pass 40.

          I feel bad for the ladycelebs younger than 40. If they don’t say “Maybe someday…” everyone says, “Oh, you’ll change your mind.” Which is crap, as many childless-by-choice women know.

          • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

            I work in geriatrics, and I can say with 100% honesty that none of my child-free by choice patients has EVER expressed regret that they didn’t have kids, and none of them seem to have been abandoned by other family or friends in their golden years. Does that mean it never happens? No, but I’m doubtful that it’s very common.

            • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

              And what if people change their mind about having had kids? It’s all phooey.

            • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

              I don’t really understand what you’re asking. Do you mean what if they have kids and then decide they don’t want to raise them? There are certainly people who are estranged from their children for a variety of reasons, but I haven’t, personally, ever had someone say to me, “I’m sorry I ever had that child.” Even when I think someone’s kid is a total ass, the parents always seem to like them. :)

            • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

              It was a rhetorical question, but I think you understand the heart of it. Parents always seem to like their choice and all the childfree patients you’ve got have always seemed to like theirs. If we’re going to ask childfree folk if they’ll regret their choice, why don’t we ask parents the same question?

            • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

              We’ll, I don’t usually ask. Most of my patients are more than happy to share, no invitation necessary. I think the reason we don’t ask parents if they are happy with their choice is because of the emotional damage it could do to the child. Could you imagine if Esquire asked Angelina Jolie if she was happy with her choice to have children and she said, “No,” or, “I like Pax well enough, but we really should have stopped at Shiloh.” The only time I think parents get asked this question is when their child turns out to be a criminal.

            • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

              I don’t mean asking this question after people have children. I mean when you ask a person who doesn’t want children, “But what if you regret that decision one day?” People don’t ask people do who want children (before they’ve had children), “But what if you regret that decision one day?”

              I understand why this happens but it still irks. Both decisions have equal potential to be regrettable.

            • sekushinonyanko

              My mother says that to me all the time. And since I was 18 I literally saw her only once, for about twenty minutes she dropped by. I don’t have a phone number or address for her, so I think it’s safe to say she’s pretty serious. On the occasions she does call (from numbers I can’t call back) all she talks about is how great it is to be free to do what she wants now. Not that she didn’t when she was raising me, she’d disappear for weeks at a time or drop me off at my grandmother’s for a few years. People DO have kids and wish they didn’t have them and want to not be bothered. Most people are just too aware of how mean it is to say that to actually say so.

            • formerlyAnon

              Well it’s pretty sad that she’s so self-centered that she doesn’t realize that it’s no benefit for you to hear her verbalize what everyone already knew from her behavior. I hope you’ve come to a place where you really “get,” deep down, that her inadequacy as a parent is not at all about you. It’s about her.

            • melisaurus

              It sounds like your mom is an actual narcissist. It’s better that she’s not in your life.

      • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

        Yes, it was nice to see a childfree person answer that for a change.

      • @Biting Panda

        As a mother, her answers speak to me. She’s right and it’s not a popular thing to say, which is beyond ridiculous.

      • demidaemon

        It was a good answer to a horrible question, but I think it would have been better if she had said no comment to all of these questions and forced to interviewer to think a little harder and actually ask different questions.

    • decormaven

      Preach it, preach it, preach it. Who cares why someone does or doesn’t have children? And age – it just is. After 21, it doesn’t matter- you’re old enough to drive, buy alcohol, carry firearms and serve your country. And damn it- I go to films to watch people ACT. If nudity is relevant to the story, then fine, but my viewing choices aren’t driven by the amount of bare skin filmed. This crap makes me cranky. [ETA: And whoever stuck that bug on the cover that reads "God Bless Magazines," that's the tippy topper.]

      • smayper

        As someone who just hit 50, it strikes me as funny to see so many stars talking as if hitting 30 or 40 is a huge deal and that they are defiantly being happy about it…”letting go of fear.” I agree absolutely that one of the best things about my life right now is having the maturity to stop caring desperately and fearfully about stuff — but that’s maturity, not just age. And it’s sad that there’s a deep underlying assumption that starting at 30, women (especially but not only people in the being beautiful business), will be afraid of having “lost” something. Kind of like the “losing” virginity idea — why do we talk about it as a loss, rather than a gain?

    • Danielle

      Boy, she likes to yap about how she doesn’t have kids, doesn’t she?

      • Bexxx

        I find her POV pretty refreshing. I wish she didn’t have to defend it all the time.

      • charlotte

        I assume that she gets that question a lot, so I’d rather blame the magazine(s).

      • Nikko Viquiera

        I don’t think we get enough of those types of answers so she can yap about it some more! I love it!

      • sugarkane105

        She’s also never married! She’s our Clooney! And I mean that in the most awesome way possible.

        • Lori

          Clooney was married before. His upcoming nuptials will be his second walk down the aisle.

          • sugarkane105

            Oops, you’re right, he was actually married to Mona from Mad Men. Maybe he’s not the commitment-phobe the media makes him out to be.

            • Lori

              This one isn’t on the media, except that they kept asking him about it. Clooney painted himself as a commitmentphobe. More than once he said flat out that he was never getting married again. That he tried it, wasn’t good at it and had learned his lesson. I guess he figured that after like 20 years it was safe to try again.

            • formerlyAnon

              Ha. Or hit midlife and started wanting kids/companionship/a real partner/to get out of the grind of continually managing the expectations of his latest 2-year arm candy.

            • fursa_saida

              I think it’s also telling that Alamuddine is a completely different kind of woman. He is not necessarily the bigger player or more important person in that relationship, in stark contrast to most of his others. According to Lainey his family was basically like “Hold onto this one or you’ll regret it the rest of your life, and she’s not gonna stick around to be award show arm candy.”

            • formerlyAnon

              Yes. In many ways, HE’s the one “marrying up.” And if his raising was stereotypical, he’s the right age to really want to leave his mark in that “from those to whom much is given much is expected” way. Her activism is a natural conduit for that.

            • altermyego

              I never knew that! Lucky woman as she is now married to co-star John Slattery.
              (When my iPhone went to spell correct Slattery it came out as John Splattered. Usually spell correct is so annoying, nice that it finally made me laugh.)

        • jilly_d

          Nailed it.

        • scoobynacks

          She’s more your Leonardo DiCaprio.

      • PeaceBang

        It’s not yapping if the reporter asks her to answer the question.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      I love her answers! Especially on why she doesn’t have any children. Good for her :)

      • CAK0911

        Same here! As someone who has children, they’re hard enough even when you do want them. I think it’s so refreshing to hear (read) people say, unapologetically, that having children just isn’t for them.

    • Christine Hart

      Given the breadth and depth of your audience, I’m glad you guys make a point of highlighting these issues when you see them.

      • smh4748

        I agree. There are a million sites out there devoted to fashion and celebrity, and for TLo to consistently call BS on some of the entrenched and damaging norms that are a part of those industries makes them a unique and valuable contribution.

    • http://www.dinnerisserved1972.com DinnerIsServed1972

      This is the best she’s looked in a while. I am totally in love with the design of the cover.

    • PeggyOC

      You can get an Amen on that.

    • sherrietee

      I applaud her openness at being child-free. I really really do. I have three kids myself, but I have several friends who chose to not have any (other than the four-legged variety) and I hear from them all the time about the grief they get. So I applaud Ms. Diaz.

      • bassfemme

        Slightly OT, but most people who throw shade at childless couples are not usually happy with their own decision to have kids. My in vitro friends and child-ful by choice have never made snotty comments about my child-free status.

    • Beardslee

      Movie stars must have to have a thick skin about this kind of trite sexism, or have made their peace with it,or not think about it or something like that. Why else would someone like her, at her level of attainment, agree to pose for such trite and objectifying photographs?

      And Tom and Lorenzo, I just love your take on the questions put to her. You are such friends to women for that. Thanks.

    • HVM

      At least they skipped over ‘why aren’t you married?’ so a small measure of progress?

    • http://batman-news.com Mooky1230

      She seems like she is having a good time. Good enough for me.

    • majorbedhead

      Sweet tap dancing Christ on a cracker, why on earth do people get so worked up about having/not having kids? You want to have kids? Fine. Have them. You don’t want to have kids? Fine. Don’t have them. Neither choice is the correct choice. It’s the right choice for YOU. Does the fact that you do/do not have kids impact my life one little iota? Nope. Why is this even a question that gets asked of women these days? Or anyone, for that matter.

      I may be a bit cranky today.

      • Jessica Freeman

        No, its my reaction as well. The one that gets me is not asking “IF” I want kids but “WHEN”. As if being a female you live your life waiting to be inseminated. #no

        • Whever

          Ugh, yes. I had to pinch-hit in my church’s nursery one day and spent the time keeping them from hurling each other to the ground, and when I told one of the parents “I’m glad I don’t have kids” when they asked how it was, he said “You’ll understand when you have your own.” Because that’s a given. And HE gets to prescribe my decision.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          Or the “why don’t you want kids?” Well… why do people who DO want them, want them? You just know what is right for you.

      • Anna

        Society’s need to make women’s reproduction their business, ALWAYS makes me cranky. Just stop it, already.

      • Beardslee

        I always wanted kids and love being a mother but it makes me NUTS when people judge people who don’t want to have kids. Cameron is right, parenting is a heavy lift and a life sentence. Why wouldn’t there be people who want to do something else with their time? And it makes me doubly nuts when women are told they’re “selfish” for not wanting children. I don’t see what’s selfish about respecting what a big job parenting is and choosing not to take it on.

        • Anna

          Completely agree with you. And that their lives will be unfulfilled without children. Ask Helen Mirren if she’s unfulfilled.

      • decormaven

        Joining you on the cranky.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        At some point in my thirties, after the Mister and I had quietly decided that children were not in our plans, I had a talk with my mother,who was always going on about how busy my sister and sisters-in-law were-jobs, kids, etc. I told her very nicely but firmly that I too had a busy life-busy in a different way than the young moms in the extended family, but busy nonetheless. It was something that I needed to tell my mom, and she heard me.

    • Jennifer Bober

      Well said TLo! You guys make me think of Joss Whedon and his wonderful speech about how he’s always asked why he writes strong female characters.

      • Betsy

        Or George R. R. Martin who said something like “I write strong women because I’ve always considered women to be people.” I might not have the quote completely accurate but it rocks nonetheless!

        • Jennifer Bober

          I hadn’t heard that one! I love how Whedon went through all sorts of answers and then boiled it down to “because you’re still asking that question.”

          The fantasy/sci-fi world can be insanely sexist (I have lots of cosplay friends and have heard some serious horror stories!) so when people of their stature in that world speak out, it means a lot.

    • Anna

      Jesus Christ, even Esquire Magazine is asking the, “What’s up with your uterus?” questions. This question irritates me so much in my own personal life.
      I actually like and appreciate her honesty, but is the average Esquire reader really paying attention to her responses, what with the wet t-shirt contest theme pretty much negating the fact that there is a successful woman of substance behind that response?

      I’m all for her celebrating her beauty and success, but the whole concept of this editorial is so tired, it’s beyond a cliche. Do better, magazine editors.

      • makeityourself

        Anna, I hear you loud and clear, but by reading your name, I have ascertained that you are not the target audience for Esquire magazine.

        We can huff and puff all we want here on TLo, which is great, but Esquire will probably have record-breaking sales with that cover. Cameron might consider refusing to answer some of those sexist questions next time.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I agree that the Esquire readership could probably care less about Cameron’s non-motherhood;they’re focusing on those wet shirt photos.

        • Anna

          I’m sure if one were to conduct a poll, the Esquire readership probably wouldn’t have been able to recall that the question was asked in the first place. It would at least have made more sense if the interview appeared in Redbook, I really am curious as to what the thought process was behind this interview for their audience.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            When I was thinking about this earlier today, I wondered if some journalists default to a standard set of questions for celebrity interviews, which might account for the marriage/motherhood questions.
            Perhaps, too, the editors wanted some written content to accompany the photos so that Esquire didn’t look like a higher quality laddie boy mag.

            • Anna

              You’re probably right about the standard set of questions. I guess I’m just surprised that they felt that this was content their audience would be interested in. But on other the hand, it could be that they thought, “We need to ask her some questions. What do ALL women like talking about? BOOM: babies.”

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Which would tell us something about the mindset of Esquire, I suppose.

    • Sarah

      Questions that would NOT suck: What do you like to do in your spare time? What books do you enjoy? How do you feel about your career/new project/future projects you’d like to be involved in? What is your favorite place to visit? How do you feel about politics/the environment/society?

      Like, questions that might actually TELL you something about Cameron Diaz without bringing her reproductive choices, her age, and her nekkidness to the fore?!? Then again, as TLo astutely pointed out, you’re not gonna see questions like that in Esquire adjacent to T&A photos. Sigh.

      • demidaemon

        True, but at least then they should ask questions to cater to their audience. The only reason they ask these kinds of questions is because most of their audience (and the pictures represent it) want to know if they have a chance to inseminate Miss Diaz. Sad, but true.

      • Alloy Jane

        The Met airs Saturday matinees on KUSC and this past spring, Renée Fleming was interviewing another soprano between acts of Così fan tutte. and god damn, she asked the most amazing question. I can’t remember the name of the singer, but she asked her if being a modern woman conflicts with getting into the character. It was an interesting conversation and I wish there was a transcript of it somewhere because I certainly can’t do it justice and Fleming’s line of questioning should be the rule, not the exception.

        • Sarah

          Yes, that’s a great question! Fascinating.

    • Gatto Nero

      Clearly she sees the swimsuit/wet t-shirt thing as her stock-in-trade. And maybe she knows she can’t parlay her body for attention and money forever. Ugh.
      The questions are just depressing. So all women can talk about is sex, babies, and aging?

      • Sarah

        And romantic relationships! Don’t forget relationships!

      • kimmeister

        You know, for all of the “I’m so SEXEH” editorials she does, I’d always wondered if she really had a significant straight male fan base, since I never hear her name come up on the Lists of men I know. Well, just yesterday, the construction workers who are renovating the offices 40 feet from me were loudly talking over the sound of their power tools. The topic was a certain Cameron Diaz movie, which Guy 1 told Guy 2 was pretty good, especially because “Cameron Diaz is SMOKING HOT in it.” Well shut me up.

        • demidaemon

          The more you know. Or something.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          Interesting – my husband puts her in the category of “women that women think men find attractive”. Of course, he describes ScarJo as “the short plump one” so he has a somewhat eccentric view of the world.

    • FibonacciSequins

      You said it better than I could have.

      Bless Cameron for doing a starring role with a nude scene at 40, when most women are phased out of those roles. Get it, girl.

    • d4divine

      I like the photos…sexy, but not darn near giving away the farm…that is one truly confident woman. Beyonce take a note.

    • Amy Ignatow

      Preach.

    • gloriana232

      Yeah. Like on the poster for this movie, Diaz is pantless while Segel’s got loose jam-jams on. Whatever.

    • boweryboy

      This irked me the most: “You don’t worry about what men think…” as she poses in a wet tank top, wet dress shirt, and appears on the cover of a men’s magazine in CFM pumps, a skimpy bathing suit and her ass sticking out.

      Yeah, right.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yup. Though it is possible, giving all benefit of the doubt, she’s manipulating in her own self interest rather than pandering in her own self interest. Sends/reinforces the same message to the viewers, male & female, though.

      • oldscrumby

        I imagine it’s more like she’s past the point of fretting over getting a negative reaction from men in the day-to-day as opposed to totally opting out of the beauty industrial system of which her job is to support.

        • boweryboy

          I suppose, but you’re giving her more credit than I am.

          • oldscrumby

            Obviously, that’s the point. Except, it’s not really that I think she deserves credit so much as she doesn’t deserve as much censure as you want to give her. Living and operating within a sexist society means we are all complicit in it’s continuation even as we are burdened by it. Actresses navigate that contradiction the same as the rest of us.

      • Alloy Jane

        That statement is a right crock of shit. If she really didn’t care what men think those pictures would be of her with no makeup, no photoshop, and a totally dry granny nightgown with her hair in rollers and a mud mask.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I’m just glad that more and more women are being honest and saying, “I don’t want kids.”. For so long, the Jennifer Anistons and Cameron Diazes of Hollywood had to say stuff like, “I definitely see kids in my future, I just haven’t met the right guy,” or something similar because GOD FORBID they admit the truth and be labeled selfish or cold. It’ll be better when the question is dropped, altogether (because, seriously, it nobody’s business!), but for now, I applaud the honesty.

    • MannahattaMamma

      And at the same asking the malestars who pose for them to take their clothes off and/or pose wet & wild without any pretense of style. Let’s give everyone something/someone to stare at…

    • Sherry N. Sutton

      Thank you TLo! I would love to see them ask male actors the same questions…

    • formerlyAnon

      I think that doing an editorial like this is in and of itself the answer to the “being in your 40s” question. It works as such whether you view it as Diaz shrewdly manipulating the status quo or being complicit in her own subjection to the status quo. The status quo being the reduction of all actresses’ value to their sexual attractiveness and implied sexual availability.

      I like her answer to the childless question.

    • greymain

      Amen uncles!

    • suzq

      Her latest movie is called “Sex Tape” and you want her to answer non-vapid questions? Really?

      • Shawn EH

        Well, it’s a comedy with Jason Segel, and as she says, he’ll whip it out for any excuse. So it might be a little smarter than it sounds.

      • Kent Roby

        Yeah, I’m actually kind of bothered by the reactions of everyone who is so quick to paint Cameron as a victim. SHE agreed to the poses, and she could also set guidelines as to what she will and will not talk about. It’s wrong to assume that someone as established as Cameron has absolutely no say in these matters. Incidentally, I’ve seen her voluntarily talk in interviews about how much she loves her own ass, without any questioning along those lines.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          The point isn’t that she’s a victim. I’m not sure if anyone here has even said that. The point is that female stars routinely get asked questions about their ages, bodies, and children (or lack) that male stars almost never get asked.

      • Alloy Jane

        Yes. According to the previews, the premise of the movie isn’t about making a sex tape, it’s about the consequences of accidentally unleashing your private information to the masses. You can build a lot of substantial questions revolving around that topic.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        I honestly have no idea what point you’re trying to make here. Because of the title of her movie, she should be asked questions that male stars never get asked?

    • anneshirley

      I thought I loved you guys before this post, now I’m head over heels. Thanks for getting it. Signed, a 40-ish woman.

    • bayusc

      I’m in the middle of reading “Lean In” and was thinking the same thing. It’s sad that we’re so USED to women being treated like this that we don’t NOTICE it as odd. Did you see Hillary Clinton being asked if she was less interested in running for President now that she’s about to be a grandmother? What man would EVER be asked that?! It bugs, it bugs, it BUGS!

    • bravobravp

      That cover…..all I can hear is “Single Ladies” by Beyonce playing in my head…

    • Miranda Reseigh

      Amen!

    • Anique Ashraf

      She handled them well, though. Polite and PR friendly, but still firm.

      And THANK YOU. I will applaud the time someone asks Johnny Depp what it feels to be however old he is. Or directly ask Clooney why he doesn’t have children.

    • NinjaCate

      I like that even after being asked these ridiculous questions she still basically said “Meh, kids can wait. Maybe never.” And I know this is liked photoshopped or whatever, but she’s aging very well. She doesn’t seem as desperate to get rid of any sign of age as most lady stars. It’s very endearing.

    • evave2

      Sing it, sisters T&L. Sing it.

      Boy she looks great, her thighs look like she could crush lesser mortals to submission like Xenia Onatopp from one of the Bond movies. But I don’t think she’d look as crazed.

    • Shawn EH

      My thought on reading the issue (I bought it for the Stephen King story, it’s usually much to sexist for me); she’s still got it. Which did make me happy.

    • MilaXX

      Preach it uncles!You’ve said everything I have to say on the matter.

    • frannyprof

      So fucking depressing and predictable. All of it.

    • crash1212

      These same old questions never cease to irritate. She answered well. She looks fabulous…and I’m pretty sure she would have some veto power at this point. They show just enough to be sexy as hell, but not Terry Richardson territory.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      See, when that Dynasty remake happens (in our dreams), maybe she’ll be asked, “What was it like to be covered in jewels and luxury faux fur?” and we would nod because, yes. That is what we (I) would like to know.

    • Call me Bee

      Ahhhhh Miss Cameron. At least she knows she’s never going to be a “great actress” so she’s using all of her…ahem…. assets to stay relevant. She looks good.

    • Judy_J

      Great gams.

    • Cynica

      Those questions are the worst, but BRAVO to Cameron for being brave enough to say she didn’t want children. I never wanted kids either–I knew myself well enough to realize I was not cut out for motherhood–and have taken years of grief for it. Over 50 now, and not only do I have no regrets, I consider my best decision ever.

    • SewingSiren

      She knows nothing of being forty. Nothing.

    • marlie

      There’s no denying that Cammy has a great figure, and she can flaunt it whenever and however she wants to, but these particular photos are so totally uninspired that I just can’t. They get one of the biggest names in Hollywood and all they can come up with is “show us your ass”?

    • HelloLongBeach

      The questions they asked are trivial and they did their best to make it all tits and ass, for sure but check out her face. She looks like a human being. I am very impressed. The amount of control she must have wielded to allow for her face to not be photoshopped into oblivion is considerable. Her answers to the trite questions they asked were pretty great. Don’t think so? Ask Jen Aniston how she feels about having kids.
      PS
      She looks gorgeous!!

      • Betsy

        I agree. I’m even forgiving of the T&A because I love the fact that (by God!) a woman in her 40s can still be sexy and desirable. I mean, women don’t necessarily stop enjoying sex after age 25.

        • queeniethebold

          Change that to “… after age 55″ and i’ll agree with you.

          • Betsy

            Amen, Sistah.

    • Betsy

      Amen, Uncles. The only positive is that her answers are unapologetic and smart.

    • Kent Roby

      I don’t disagree about it being bad for certain questions to be routinely asked (if they actually were; she might have just mentioned the nudity, for instance, while talking about the movie, then it was identified as “On being naked in “Sex Tape”). However, I would hope that someone as well established as Cameron could easily set ground rules for the article and photos if she wanted. Personally, if I see any celeb, male or female, posing in such a sexual way (wet tank top, REALLY??), then I wouldn’t expect the accompanying article to have the depth you’d get if someone like Jodi Foster were being interviewed.

    • Pablo

      I hate that some people think that you NEED to have children because otherwise who’s gonna take care of you when you’re old, I mean really? That’s bullshit and I don’t know what kind of person would like to conceive just for that reason.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      She looks hot in all these photos and I especially like the first one in the black swim suit. But, the wet shirt ones??? How obvious and overdone is that? Ridiculous as hell.

      Bravo TLo for what you said there.

    • P M

      It’s interesting how they managed to photoshop her boobs away in the final one. Jesus, so much ick in this whole shoot.

    • cocohall

      Did anyone else see her on Graham Norton talking about pubic hair? I cannot read her comments and not think of the total nitwit who kept bending forward and shouting at her cooch “why are you (pubic hair) here?” The other guests (particularly one British fellow) seemed embarrassed for her. As much as I agree that no one should be pressured into having children, she is hardly the spokesperson I would pick, if I were in that demographic. Still, a big yes to TLo for calling out the equally dimwitted need for interviewers to focus on the baby, marriage and age issues when interviewing women.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        I kept thinking about that, too. I really think she’s stoned a lot of the time.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Reminded me of how she’s supposed to be the ditzy blonde in Lost in Translation.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        It was Richard Ayoade – I can never tell if that embarrassment is his schtick or it’s genuine. He certainly does it well! I thought Kylie Minogue looked utterly mortified.

        • cocohall

          Yes! Thank you. My daughter and I were watching the season highlight show, and naturally Graham Norton had to include the segment with Cameron shouting at her undercarriage. If Richard Ayoade was acting, give him an Oscar or the BAFTA. And yes, Kylie did look mortified. I love the fact that Norton’s talk show is more spontaneous and generally much funnier than American chat shows, but American celebrities (other than stand up comics) can easily misread the situation and take it too far. Or appear stiff and dull. She was neither of those – but not in a good way.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

            We watched the highlights show on iplayer the other night – so many good bits!

            I always love the American reaction. From Emma Stone’s ingenue “You are drinking wine?! I asked for water” to Michelle Pfeiffer’s “Can I swear? Damn!”. We always stop watching at the music bit – we’re only interested in the first half!

            • cocohall

              We generally fast forward through the music segment to get to the Who’s in the red chair bit. The musical segment always seems patched in from some other show – even when it features established performers like Ed Sheeran and Cold Play. My husband recently started watching with us and he was in disbelief about the glasses of wine and whiskey on the table in front of the guests. Although I think that the coffee mugs you see on American talk shows rarely contain coffee . . . .

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              I was in the audience for a food show a few years ago – it was set up like a cafe and we all had coffee cups in front of us. They did not contain coffee. Filming started at 10am.

            • cocohall

              No wonder show audiences always seem so cheerful and enthusiastic. Did you get a choice of adult beverages in your mug? :0)

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              Just red or white! And it flowed. And there was a beer tasting as part of the show.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/the-downton-abbey-dish-season-4-episode-5/ Gotham Tomato

      I am Tlo, hear me roar…

      Yep, you got it in one: Stupid questions meant to put her in her place. But nowadays when it is the subjects (& their flaks) who hold the power, not the magazines, it’s a wonder why she sat still for that.

      –GothamTomato

    • aquamarine17

      I have no idea how it works, but wouldn’t she have some say in what the questions would be in the magazine piece? I wonder if she could have said that she didn’t want a question about kids again, or age. (A talk show is different than a magazine interview, but on Letterman for example, the guest submits a document of exactly what they want to talk about to the show.)

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      I’m actually surprised she is *only* 41. It feels like she’s been in the public eye forever, and I always would have said she was 5-6 years older than me.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      I love every day that you point out sexism while being fashion bloggers. You’re my heroes.

    • smayper

      At least it’s a beautiful and sleek swimsuit. The wet shirt is just so stupid. Really, if what she and the editors want is to show off her body, there are so many OTHER ways to do that — why go to a Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale moment with a woman who is not just beautiful but mature (and I don’t mean that as a euphemism for old) and sophisticated. It’s sort of the equivalent of posing her in Lolita drag.

    • crashtestbonnie

      “Still, it’d be nice if editors started flagging these questions and alerting the interviewers to stop asking them – or to start asking them of male stars more often.” <– THIS. I think these are pertinent questions. I'm 2 weeks away from 42 and I truly appreciate hearing about the choices people/stars made that are different from mine (talent notwithstanding ;p). Frankly it'd be refreshing to hear the male perspective on these questions, too.