There’s no doubt that Tina Turner is the undisputed queen of rock n’ roll! And at 76, she still has an infectious energy and zest for life.
In an interview with w&h’s interviewer, Louise Gannon, she shares her top secrets to looking and feeling fabulous, which includes being totally comfortable in her own skin and simply celebrating being a woman…
I like to look as good as I can, but I have never defined myself by my looks. And I never thought about my looks when I was trying to re-launch myself – if I had, maybe I would have thought about being too old at 40. It didn’t even occur to me. I just wanted to sing, wanted to perform. You can’t get hung up on age or beauty because you’re then always chasing after something you’ll never get back.
Age is no issue to me. I think 50 is the new 30 and 70 is the new 50. There are no rules that say you have to dress or be a certain way. We’re living in exciting times for women. I don’t think anything of my age when I’m performing now.
When people think of Tina Turner, they think of the voice, the hair – but mainly the legs. I still wear a short skirt on stage – that’s the only thing that works for me. I’ve tried other clothes but I just can’t move if I feel restricted. I think my leg shape comes from decades of carrying round heavy luggage in very high heels. On top of that, there was the dancing. I never did one kick where I could do three, I never did one turn if I could do two. My body was trained like a machine.
I’m careful with my body in that I try to eat good food. I’ll only ever have two meals a day and always 12 hours’ sleep. I’ve never done drugs, I don’t drink much and I love to eat good, healthy food. If I’m touring I’ll cut back on the chocolate, and the butter and cream, but if I’m not, I give myself anything in moderation. I do Pilates and a bit of yoga, but that’s it, really.
My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything. It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life.
I don’t believe in plastic surgery. I had an operation on my nose after Ike broke it, but I won’t do anything else. I have good skin because I have good genes. I have Indian blood in me and the type of skin that ages well. My mother always looked younger than her years. I’m not someone who would ever think plastic surgery was a good idea. It can be dangerous. It can change you for the worse. I don’t see anything wrong with growing old gracefully and I think good make-up can do more than any surgeon.
I went through the menopause naturally. I’m a believer in the natural. I didn’t take HRT; I just went out and bought myself a fan. I don’t think you have to pump yourself with chemicals.
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