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40 is the new 20 for women: you go girls, er, ladies!

Updated on August 30, 2012

If you've got it, flaunt "it"... at any age!

Whether your 21 or past 40, there is no age limit to when you are a living goddess.
Whether your 21 or past 40, there is no age limit to when you are a living goddess. | Source
JLo rocking her perfect figure "8".
JLo rocking her perfect figure "8". | Source
Jennifer Aniston being just awesome as she is so good at.
Jennifer Aniston being just awesome as she is so good at. | Source
Salma Hayek-- could be a gramma, but look at her!
Salma Hayek-- could be a gramma, but look at her! | Source
Halle Berry looking less than her 40+ years.
Halle Berry looking less than her 40+ years. | Source
Michelle Pfeiffer rocking the 50's with grace and "wassup-ness!"
Michelle Pfeiffer rocking the 50's with grace and "wassup-ness!" | Source
At 39, and still a "Playboy" model, Jenny McCarthy should stand proud for her age group.
At 39, and still a "Playboy" model, Jenny McCarthy should stand proud for her age group. | Source

With so many positive role models for women over 40, it's hard not to say, "step aside 20-somethings!"

Have you seen Jennifer Lopez lately? It seems motherhood, passing 40 and entering divorce has served her well. I mean, just look at her dancing the night away.

Then there's Jennifer Aniston. I think we all agree that passing the 40 mark, divorcing (Brad Pitt of all men) and rediscovering herself has served her well. Shoot, she's been confirmed as the sexiest woman alive. I won't argue-- she has my vote for pretty darn awesome. Besides, having been compared to her, I'm sort of partial.

Who else has exceeded four decades but puts 20-somethings to shame? Let me count the ways...

Halle Berry: she is the modern Bond girl, and quite honestly, with her hourglass figure, makes women and men alike drool while she comes out of the surf. Way to go, Halle, and motherhood has not made a dent on your figure!

Check out 54-year-old Michelle Pfeiffer: she makes teenage guys do dirty work just by looking at her pictures. Not bad, lady, I'm flabbergasted (and hope I can do the same in my 50's).

Salma Hayek caught my attention playing alongside Antonio Banderas in "The Mask of Zorro." But shoot, those double D's, and those hips.... men are lucky to have such eye candy. Age is but a thing when you look at her sultry charisma.

Jenny McCarthy is set to turn the big 4-0 in November, but it didn't stop her from posing nude (again) forPlayboy. Maybe she had what those 20-somethings don't, namely, a humorous personality, a child, life experience, and yes, a rockin' bod after, well, almost 40.

So why am I writing this? If you haven't guessed, I've celebrated my 22nd birthday for the 18th time (yes, I turned 40 in human years in 2012). I like to think I'm doing pretty good (for my age, considering I don't have the personal trainers, dieticians, and entourage of supporters that celebrities do, for the most part). I do have my three awesome kids, my writing career (thanks to my divorce), and my health. I'm lucky beyond lottery winners.

P.S. If anyone has insight to how I can get my own talk show, I'm all ears. After all, I have the personality type of Dr. Phil and Nelson Mandela, the relationship insight of Dr. John Gray, Beverly Engel among several other experts, and the writing skills of, well, Sheila Varga Szabo. I see great things in my future. I want, no, NEED to help others, and I'm funny like Barbara Streisand. It would be a shame to let my talent go unnoticed.

Who is the hottest woman over 40?

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      Not John Smith 

      5 years ago

      From a distance, these older women look hot. But, when they are lying in bed right beside you, you realize instantly that they are no longer 20-something.

      But, I’m not 20-something either, so I overlook the stretch marks on her stomach and on the insides of her legs. I ignore the age lines on her face. Forget the fact that some of her teeth are missing, as I discover when I kiss her.

      I forget all of that and simply explore her body and discover what she seems to like best.

      Even with the best of botox and surgery, you won’t fool any experienced man. But, you do not have to, because we are your age too, and we will accept you. Gray hairs and all!

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      6 years ago

      Besides having good genes, I am sure that these women take very good care of themselves. Good choices. I think these women are under 45.

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      Sheila Varga Szabo 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you, Elly, and YES! We over 40 rock (if we want to).

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      6 years ago from Lake Stevens, Wa

      This article is so cool and encouraging!

    • wonderful1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Varga Szabo 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for stopping by, lord... and I'm still channeling my inner "J.K. Rowling." Give me a few more minutes. ;)

      Thanks, LaThing-- we sure are forever young! I'm going strong for as long as my brain works.

      uzma: I agree. She has a body many 20 year olds would envy! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 

      6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      very interesting hub, I think Jennifer aniston is very beautiful and gracefull at her 40.

      voting up.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hay Wonderul1, we are at the right age, at the right time..... Doesn't that feel good?! I would say 'you go girls!' not 'ladies!'.... We are still young, and going strong! :)

      Voting up and everything!!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great choices Wonderful1 I voted for Jen Aniston. Glad to see you back. Where is JK Rowling?

    • wonderful1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Varga Szabo 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      "Girls just want to have fun." - Cyndi Lauper


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