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 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.”
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.
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]