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Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle opens up to us about the lifestyle choice she’ll never give up, and her secret for staying young.


Being an A-list celebrity comes with baggage. It’s not easy feeling the whole world watch your every move. Knowing that people are judging you based on your looks, what you’re wearing, and your personal choices. Michelle Pfeiffer is no exception to this phenomenon.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, 1983

You probably can’t even remember the first time you saw her because it seems like she’s been on your screens forever. Whether it was being catwoman in the famous Batman movie franchise, a musical like Hairspray, or a classic like Scarface, she has always been captivating.

Being an A-lister like Michelle means that people see her as a role model. Unlike other famous beauties, Michelle has always taken this responsibility seriously. She’s never been the type to get caught up in scandals or set a bad example for her fans.

As with any female celebrity, people love to look for flaws. But Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the few Hollywood actresses that opted not to get plastic surgery. Instead, she is aging gracefully and very –shockingly– slowly. Naturally, everyone is asking: what’s her secret?

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Curious? Lucky for you, Michelle opened up to us and revealed her secret to a youthful look and how she dramatically slows down the aging process. Can’t wait to hear more? Read on:

Urbanette Magazine: You have this incredible glow about you, Michelle. Your skin is so healthy-looking and much younger than your years. I’m sure our readers want to know –what’s your secret?

Michelle Pfeiffer: Thank you! I definitely think it’s because I’m vegan. Eating a vegan diet — it’s just so much healthier — and you avoid a lot of toxins that could age your skin and your body. I really noticed a difference in my skin not too long after switching to fully vegan. And I needed to eat are fruits and vegetables to stay lean. It’s all about vanity, honestly. [She laughs.] The older I’ve gotten, the more it’s occurred to me that I’m doing it in order to live longer, though the vanity component will always be there.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle is a classic, ageless beauty — the natural way

Urbanette: The general public’s perception is that going vegan is not an easy feat. That’s why when someone goes vegan, the question many wonder is “why’d they do it?” I know you’re loving the benefits and have lots of reasons to stay on a vegan diet, but what was the initial inspiration behind it?

Michelle: I was watching CNN, and ‘The Last Heart Attack’ came on. I watched Bill Clinton talk about the last heart attack he had and learned that Clinton is a foodie. He’s a smart guy, so I’m thinking, ” if Bill Clinton loves the book by Dr. Esselstyn, there must be something that makes him stick to it.” He isn’t going to do something unless that there’s science behind it. So I got the book and I just felt like the science behind it was irrefutable. I couldn’t avoid the truth in it. My father died from cancer, and the older you get there’s a lot of disease. You see people dying from chronic disease and terminal illnesses. Anyway, science is always changing, but this one seems to stick.

Urbanette: I’m sorry to hear about your father having had cancer. I had it too, which was part of my process for going vegan. It’s a very anti-cancer diet. It seems like nowadays so many people get it — young people, too.

Michelle: So you know — there’s just too much cancer. I just feel like if there’s anything that I can do to lend my support, I’m happy to do it. I’m an active participant in Cedar Sinai’s Pink Party. The founder is an old friend of mine and I know her from the old neighborhood and met her thirteen years ago when she first opened her shop. And over the years, I’ve seen this pink party grow from a neighborhood thing to one of Cedar Sinai’s biggest cancer fundraisers. We both have someone very close to us with ovarian cancer. 

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle now, at 57 years old

Urbanette: Let’s go back to the vegan diet. Was sticking to it hard for you initially?

Michelle: Maybe for the first few weeks, but I love the vegan diet because I love carbs. I’ve never really loved animal protein in terms of animal meat. I only ate it because I used to think it was good for me. 

Continue for more of this fascinating interview…

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 221 Comments

  1. Avatar of Annabelle Christensen

    Annabelle Christensen

    To the people saying “It’s not money, it’s genetics, she hasn’t had any plastic surgery done!” – please, it’s definitely also money. Money to live a perfectly healthy lifestyle. Money to avoid daily stress and anxiety. Money to have a personal trainer to optimize your workout and keep you motivated. A personal chef to cook you consistently healthy and delicious food. A personal maid to clean your place, so you have time for all your leisure activities. Money for spas, facials, creams, and the list goes on and on.

    Is it also genetics? Of course it is. But it’s most certainly also money.

  2. Avatar of Denise Meyers

    The secret to looking like Michelle Pfeiffer at 61 when you’re 61 is to have looked like Michelle Pfeiffer at 21 when you were 21.

  3. Avatar of Mary Jane Carden

    Mary Jane Carden

    For a lot of these women who look “ZOMG so good” in their later years they made the right choice of having very minor plastic surgery done here or there and only a little at a time. The freak horror shows like Nicole Kidman whose face looks too taut and unblemished now had something drastic done at some point. There was an interview recently with another one of these female celebrities who people rave about how they look into their later years and she admitted she’s had work done, she just has a great plastic surgeon, and she gets little things done here and there, instead of anything drastic.

    Genetics play a great part in this. Moisturizing. Staying out of the sun (this is typically why fair skinned celebrities always look younger) The rest of it is plastic surgery to de-age the slight signs of it.

    I also think from looking at pictures of Susan Sarandon and Christie Brinkley they are smart enough not to get the crow’s feet surgery and just let their make-up artist before an event work some magic. I think this is the same thing with Pfeiffer above, you can see she’s got crow’s feet, but since the rest of her face is not too heavily creased you can say “Wow, she looks good for 60” and not “She looks freakishly young and has definitely had some work done.”

  4. Avatar of Naomi Mills

    Naomi Mills

    The secret is plastic surgery, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, and millions of dollars.

    • Avatar of Elma Burton

      Elma Burton

      Cher is like this too. I mean the difference between a good plastic surgeon and a bad one must be like a mechanic fixing your car with the right tools and a drunk going at it with a sledge hammer. Maybe the secret is to stay away from lip bloating and nose chiseling

      • Avatar of Etta Toler

        Etta Toler

        Although Cher had some rough years plastic surgery-wise. She looked like a baboon in Burlesque, but she’s come back around and looks pretty good again.

  5. Avatar of Wanda Stevens

    Wanda Stevens

    If you don’t have the genetics all the rest doesn’t matter. Having all the rest helps of course, but start with good genes. I could spend a million on personal trainers and plastic surgery and never look half as nice as she.

    • Avatar of Mae Holmes

      Mae Holmes

      Her face wears no stress. She is loved by her husband and all her bills are paid. Also being able to afford fantastic skin care products and spas and facials and organic healthy food etc. it costs a lot of money for some movie stars to look the way they do.

    • Avatar of Gabriella Sullivan

      Also having enough money you dont need to worry about things most do. Not spending most of your life working 40 hour weeks every week. Theres a lot of good looking women in the early years that dont age well because of work. Money allows this well, and giving a shit about your appearance.

      • Avatar of Juniper Li

        Juniper Li

        Wow that’s kind of presumptuous. Yeah sure she might not have to worry about money, but she’s been a celebrity the bigger part of her life. She’s been exposed to a whole bunch of stressful things that the average Joe doesn’t have to worry about. Everything she does is put under a magnifying glass, any possible fuck up she does is potential fudder for the media. She constantly has to worry about her public image and can seldomly just enjoy the privacy of herself and her friends and family without people around her staring.

        Being wealthy might help with one’s stress yes, but being a celebrity must be one of the most stressful things I can imagine. I don’t envy her.

        • Avatar of Linda Young

          Firstly I think she is a great actress and seems to be a genuinely nice person. Of course she is stunning as well. However, when she had kids she just decided to take a break from work for many many years because of her priorities. Not criticizing at all, however this suggest stress levels not so high. Yes, many women decide to stay at home, but this is generally accompanied by the financial considerations. Not so much of a worry here.

  6. Avatar of Stacey Wagner

    Stacey Wagner

    Wow she’s almost 60! I don’t believe you can look like that at her age without some procedures done.

  7. Avatar of Kimberley Andrews

    Kimberley Andrews

    Glad she didn’t turn down the role in Dark Shadows. She’s phenomenal in every role she plays. Not to mention her unfailing beauty. True icon. ?

  8. Avatar of Lauren Randell

    Lauren Randell

    Oh Michelle Pfeiffer on of the most beautiful ladies in the whole world. I really love and adore her. firs I watched her in The Lady Hawk, she was breathtaking , scar face, the fabulous beakers,,and so on ….

  9. Avatar of Lucy Soto

    Lucy Soto

    Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the most beautiful talented, down to earth and mysterious actresses in hollywood, she can do any role, my favourite Michelle Pfieffer movies are Ladyhawke, Wolf and Dangerous Minds

  10. Avatar of Gemma Barnes

    Gemma Barnes

    Michelle is down to earth. She is showing maturity as she gets older.Don’t do surgery… keep your skin clean, by keeping it supple and not dry. There are so many ways to do this… diet is the first step….second, proper discipline of sleep. Early to bed, early to rise.

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