“It’s fi­nally clear a ma­ture woman doesn’t lose charm”

Monica, 51, re­veals why she won’t be branded ‘just a Bond girl’...

No. 1 Magazine - - CASH VS CREDIT -

Monica Bel­lucci is the woman at the fore­front of ev­ery­one’s minds at the mo­ment. The ac­tress and model dis­cusses why she’s proud of her beauty and her tal­ent, while also re­veal­ing what she really thinks about be­ing re­ferred to as a ‘ Bond girl’...

When you’re beau­ti­ful, peo­ple are in­ter­ested in you...

I know that beauty in­vites a cer­tain cu­rios­ity. But, as Os­car Wilde said, “beauty is just five min­utes long” if you don’t have any­thing else to sus­tain that cu­rios­ity. I don’t think that I would have made this kind of ca­reer if I were just beau­ti­ful. Direc­tors don’t call you for your beauty but for your tal­ent.

But my looks have ac­tu­ally been an ob­sta­cle in this in­dus­try...

Es­pe­cially be­cause I was com­ing from the fash­ion busi­ness. It was a dou­ble prob­lem; fash­ion and beauty are the worst things to make it with this ca­reer. Be­cause I’m pretty ev­ery­body thinks I’m stupid. But it is like a mask and you have to break the mask to show that there is some­thing else be­hind it. You have to show who you are to make the oth­ers come to dis­cover you.

I don’t think I’ve be­come more beau­ti­ful with age, but I feel bet­ter...

Even though you lose the bi­o­log­i­cal beauty of youth, there’s some­thing else that comes in its place that’s very in­ter­est­ing, thank God! I meet women who are 60 or 70 years old who are so beau­ti­ful, so in­ter­est­ing, so deep. In France, they call the beauty of youth, ‘the evil beauty’. You don’t have it be­cause of you, but be­cause you’re born with it. The other kind of beauty is your own work and it takes for­ever.

I’m glad peo­ple are fi­nally look­ing at older women in a new way...

Cather­ine Deneuve, Is­abelle Hup­pert, Char­lotte Ram­pling still in­ter­pret sen­sual icons in ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns. And to­day 50-year-old women are ge­net­i­cally dif­fer­ent from the 50-yer-old ladies from one or two gen­er­a­tions ago. In other words, it’s fi­nally clear a ma­ture woman doesn’t lose her charm, she doesn’t stop be­ing a fe­male just be­cause of her age. Ac­tu­ally she is fe­male and sen­sual inas­much adult.

I’m the old­est James Bond love in­ter­est in history, which may have struck a nerve with some peo­ple...

Be­cause the world is a man’s world. Men have the power in ev­ery­thing: jour­nal­ism, act­ing, di­rec­tion; in banks, fi­nances, schools. All the laws are made by men. Men think that women, when they’re not able to pro­cre­ate any­more, be­come old. That is not true – they are still amaz­ing! That’s why I think that Sam Mendes (di­rec­tor of the new James Bond film, Spec­tre), in choos­ing me, an adult woman, cre­ated a big revo­lu­tion.

I can’t say I’m a Bond girl be­cause I’m too ma­ture to be called that...

I say Bond lady; Bond woman. But I’m proud to be a Bond lady, be­cause ac­tu­ally, Bond is the most amaz­ing man. You know why? Be­cause he doesn’t ex­ist.

Peo­ple may as­sume I work hard on my body, but I hon­estly don’t...

I’m not some­one who wakes up at 6am to go to the gym. I’m just too lazy. Be­cause the truth is that I like cakes and pasta, the odd glass of wine and a very oc­ca­sional cig­a­rette. My ad­vice is: eat well, drink well, have good sex – and laugh a lot. The rest comes all on its own.

Age­ing shouldn’t be daunt­ing, it’s a learn­ing curve...

I’m alive and healthy, I have two won­der­ful daugh­ters and lots of pos­i­tive en­ergy. Ac­cept­ing the fact years pass by, is not that easy, for any­one, but if you learn how to live well, how to enjoy the lit­tle things day-by-day, we can do it, and with ex­cel­lent re­sults. Kant used to say: “The starry heaven above me and the moral law within me”. You don’t need any­thing else.

As I got older, I felt more ready to have chil­dren...

When I was in my 20s and early thir­ties I wasn’t ready to take on such a re­spon­si­bil­ity, I wasn’t ready to be a mother. Maybe that’s be­cause I was an only child and that tends to make you more self­ish and you worry that you aren’t able to make time and de­vote your­self to rais­ing a child. But when I had Deva (now aged 11), it was the per­fect mo­ment for me to start a fam­ily and it changed my life in ev­ery way imag­in­able.

There comes a point when you re­alise how much you have changed with age...

There was a pe­riod when I re­alised that I was not the same woman I once was. Maybe my breasts are not as per­fect as they used to be. But those breasts gave milk to two girls, so it’s nor­mal that they are not the breasts I had at 20. Some­times, when Léonie (aged 5) is talk­ing to me about what she did at school that day, she’ll slip one hand down my top – and it’s so lovely be­cause that’s home for her. Who cares that my breasts are not as beau­ti­ful as they once were?

Monica claims she doesn’t work hard on her fig­ure as she is ‘just too lazy’. Her ad­vice is: eat well, drink well, have good sex and laugh a lot.

Monica is the old­est Bond love in­ter­est ever. ( Pic­tured top with Daniel Craig and above with Lea Sey­doux)

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