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Once a woman is over 40, she is “pastured”


Actress Brooke Shields says that once a woman in showbusiness is over 40, she’s “fed.”

“I’m still in a career, I’m still working, I’m here and I was shocked at how unrepresented I was,” Shields told Gayle King in a preview of an interview with Oprah Daily. “You are either [in your] twenties, and sexy, and fabulous, where you are in Depends.

The 57-year-old actress said she was devastated by her declining status in the hyper-competitive entertainment industry.

“It’s like, from 40, we start living in our lives, and we’re not commercialized, once you’re done [40], you stop working, you’re, like, put out to pasture. And I was furious about it,” Shields said.

This isn’t the first time Shields has used the metaphor of a retired farm animal to get older.

In June, the actress appeared on the very good spirit podcast, where she said, “We just got used to the way we’re talked about and told, you get to a certain age and they just put you out to pasture.”

“Oh, your ovaries won’t keep the world going anymore, so we’re just going to regroup you there. You had a good run and that’s just not the truth. I mean, I don’t feel it,” Shields continued.

The blue lagoon The star went on to admit that she never thought about it when she was in her 20s, but now that she’s past 50, she feels like “nobody [is] over there talking to me.

“The idea is that’s the only time you’re really alive and vibrant, and I think we just got used to it,” Shields said.

“And I obviously didn’t think to question it when I was in my twenties,” she added. “It wasn’t until I was past 50 that I thought, wait a minute, there’s no one there talking to me, they’re neglecting me.”

Shields isn’t the only celebrity to speak out against ageism, as many in Hollywood have expressed dismay at feeling basically invisible past a certain age.

Last year, Nicole Kidman spoke out against ageism against women in the entertainment industry, saying actresses are often cast aside once they hit their 40s.

Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has claimed producers said she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old male actor in an upcoming film – although she herself is 37 years old.

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