Meet 10 of the most beautiful women over 65 who will make you rethink the idea of getting older, from actresses to fitness mavens and writers.

It may be a truism, but being beautiful isnt just about physical appearance. As we age, our ideas about beauty change and deepen even further, and less tangible qualities come to the forefront: a personsattitude, their bearing; how they treat others; how they have affected the world around them; and whether theyve made the most out of life, whatever that may mean for them as an individual.

Spanning the decades from age 65 to the triple digits, these 10 women over 65 continue to be active, charismatic and vibrant. Many are pioneers in their career fields. Every one of them is beautiful.

Dont go by age. It means nothing. Thats what Tao Porchon-Lynch has to say on the subject of aging gracefully, according to theHuffington Post. Shes been practicing yoga for over 70 years, and is the perfect example of the health benefits of yoga for fitness andstress management and for feeling youthful and vital.

Prolific and disciplined Canadian author Alice Munro published no less than 14 short-story collections, the latest of which came out just this year. Her busy, award-winning writing career did not stop her from raising three daughters and helping her first husband run a bookshop, although she now says, in aNew York Times article, I do things quite purposefully now to get out on the surface of life.

A breast cancer survivor, journalist and womens rights activist, Gloria Steinem is a true icon of the feminist movement. In addition to helping found New York and Ms. magazines, shes been an outspoken social critic as well as a thoughtful writer on topics such as aging, self-image and the womens movement. She also has no plans to quit. , she says, The idea of retiring is as foreign to me as the idea of hunting.

For some of us,retirementis just another chance at a second calling. Ernestine Shepherd didnt get into bodybuilding until she was 56, but by 2010, she had earned the Guinness Record for Worlds Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder. Besides waking up at 2:30 a.m. and running 10 miles before 5 a.m., she follows a strict diet and fitness regimen every day. And shes doing what she loves. Dont listen to anyone who says youre too old or starting out too late, she says, m.

Can you believe this actress, activist, and guru offitnessis 78? Me neither, but take a look at her accomplishments and youll see shes lived life to its fullest and is still going strong. The daughter of actor Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda starred in classic films like The China Syndrome (1979) and On Golden Pond (1982), and her anti-Vietnam War stance briefly earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane. Shes still speaking out on social causes and still acting and making fitness videos, this time aimed at an older audience.

Born in Tennessee as Anna Mae Bullock, Tina Turner started dancing and singing onstage in her teens, and shes hardly stopped for breath since. Her 1984 solo album Private Dancer sold more than 20 million copies, and shes one of only 50 women to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, says theAustin Chronicle. Though shes mostly retired now, she still occasionally tours and shows off her famously fit legs.

Imagine being voted Body of the Year in a fitness poll and beating out women decades your junior. Thats what Dame Helen Mirren did, just a few years ago. The British actress and Oscar winner is truly a star of both stage and screen, and attributes her continuing fitness to walking her dogs and a little Wii Fit here and there, reportsShape magazine.

Though shes also recognized for her social and political activism, most of us know Susan Sarandon through her work as an actress, starring in films ranging from cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) to Academy Award winning Dead Man Walking (1995). More recently, she traced herfamily rootsin Wales on the program Who Do You Think You Are?

On starting a new business just a handful of years ago her own line of all-natural skin-care products this former model and stylist for the stars tellsFabOverFiftythat shes never too old for anything! Her beauty regime is fairly simple, and she advocates a good nightssleepfor staying healthy and rejuvenated. Sleep is the key to everything.

While not considered a classic beauty, Meryl Streep has an undeniable charm. In an interview with Style magazine, she once insisted, I didnt have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. It wasnt until I was older that I had the confidence to feel beautiful. This blue-eyed living legend has been cited as the best actress of her generation as she is a versatile and intelligent actor who is able to transform into the characters she plays. From playing a Polish immigrant in Brooklyn in Sophies Choice to singing and dancing in Mamma Mia!; Streep is one of the most accomplished actresses of her time, winning over 30 awards and nominations while aging gracefully. She believes that beauty comes from within, and a healthy diet is crucial. She is an advocate for organically grown foods and is even a shareholder in the Community-Supported Agriculture Organization.

Who do you think the most beautiful women over 65 are? Let us know your favorites in the comments below, whether theyre famous icons or living family legends.

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Sarah J. Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer living in Northern California. Her visual art has been exhibited around California, and her writing has appeared in a variety of web sites and print publications. In addition to writing about older adults, she also writes for younger ones–her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was published in 2011 by Flux. For more information, please visit: ViewSarahs Google Profile.

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