Cameron Diaz: ‘I Never Understood Why People Lie About Their Age’

03/28/2016 at 03:54 PM ET

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Cameron Diaz doesn’t see the point in pretending to be younger than she actually is.

“I never understood why people lie about their age and say that they are younger,” the actress, 43, told Parade. “If I’m going to lie about my age, I’m going to lie up. ‘Oh me, I’m 49.’ And they’ll be like, ‘Oh my god, you look amazing for 49.’ Instead of telling people I’m 35 and they tell me, ‘Wow, you should go take a nap’ or maybe ‘You really need to exfoliate.’ ”

Diaz sees aging as a “spiritual and emotional journey, as well as a physical journey,” and thinks people need to start becoming accepting of the fact that they inevitably will get older.

“How do you allow yourself to accept it, engage it and interact with yourself spiritually, emotionally and physically? I always say, ‘If you’re not aging there is really only one other alternative, and it sucks,’ ” she says.

The author of The Longevity Book explains that being active is an important part of staying healthy throughout the aging process.

“There was a time in my early twenties where sitting on the couch was what I did for fun, but I like to keep moving [now],” she says. “I’m not a sedentary person by any means. It’s not just about working out. It’s about moving your body. Your body needs movement to utilize the energy and nutrients properly.”

Diaz hopes people can learn to embrace aging, rather than focus on being and staying young.

“We live in a society that says only youth is beautiful and viable, and we have missed the value that comes with aging: the wisdom, the calmness, the settled-into-your-own-skin thing,” she says. “There’s a value in that.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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