Elizabeth Hurley, 57, says it’s still “taboo to talk about breasts in public”

Elizabeth Hurley talks about challenging the taboo.  (Photo: Getty Images, Design by Quinn Limmers)

Elizabeth Hurley talks about challenging the taboo. (Photo: Getty Images, Design by Quinn Limmers)

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Apart from her talent as an actress, Elizabeth Hurley The way we empower women over 50 by embracing their body and beauty continues as they age. While some are appalled by the collection of bikini photos she posts on her Instagram account, Hurley, 57, tells Yahoo Life that the goal is to encourage people to live by their own standards rather than others’ standards.

“I’m really for everyone to do what makes them feel comfortable,” she says. “I don’t want anyone to do anything because they feel they have to.” “I feel very comfortable doing everything I do. And if there was anything I was asked to do that made me uncomfortable, I wouldn’t do it.”

Hurley Previously shared with Yahoo Life She loves to “laugh” with the photos she does for social media and doesn’t often take herself too seriously when she’s wearing a bikini. Despite other people’s reactions beyond her control, she feels empowered to know her own intentions.

“The most important message for all women is to be aware of what makes you feel comfortable. You know, if there’s a trend to do something on TikTok or something on Instagram that everyone seems to be doing, but you really don’t feel comfortable, just don’t. Find your thing,” she says. “Yes, I still wear bikinis on holidays and since I have a bikini company, I’m happy to share these pictures. But my guess is that if I didn’t have a bikini company, I probably wouldn’t share these pictures. It happens, but I’m very comfortable doing it.”

Aside from marketing her Elizabeth Hurley Beach line, she also hopes to inspire people to do what they like — especially women over a certain age who feel limited in their ability to express themselves.

“There are a lot of women my age who really like to go on vacation, jump around the beach, wear whatever they want to wear and not be afraid of other people making sarcastic comments,” she continues. “So I think it’s just about saying it, working on what you feel comfortable with, and working on what you believe in. And while you’re always open to new opportunities and change, stick to your gun when you know something that you feel strong about.”

This mindset is also what the actress applied to her charitable work while helping out The Estée Lauder Companies Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer Over the past 27 years. “It’s actually the longest-running and most connected to something away from my family,” she says of her nearly three-decade effort with the brand. “It’s something I feel connected to and really feel a part of me.”

Working to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds to eradicate it is also in line with Hurley’s mission to connect with more women on a deeper level.

“I’ve met thousands of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and not all of them have been successful. I’ve probably met tens of thousands of people whose mother, sister, wife or daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer, again, not all of them have been successful. And it’s very humbling to be in A situation where a lot of people are telling you their story,” she says. “Today I must have heard about 10 people’s experiences with breast cancer, whether it’s their sister, their mom or themselves. This happens a lot to me everywhere I go now and it’s something I take really seriously, that people trust me with their trust in this way. And if There was absolutely anything I could do to offer any support or comfort to people in this situation, then, you know, I would make use of every experience I had to do.”

Her own experience with losing her grandmother to breast cancer is exactly what got her started. As a mother to her son Damian, Hurley also sympathizes with those who fear not getting a chance to watch their children grow up.

“She plays her part a lot,” she says. “I mean, I’m a single mom with one kid, and you know, I don’t want to leave him.” “We all want women to stop dying of breast cancer for the sake of the human race, for ourselves, and for our families. Of course we do. For our friends and loved ones, we don’t want anyone to die of breast cancer anymore.”

In order to do so, she also believes in talking more openly about women’s health despite people’s concerns about it interfering with female sexuality.

“When my grandmother passed away of breast cancer over 30 years ago, no one talked about breasts out loud, certainly not breast cancer. It couldn’t have been done to talk about the diagnosis and any treatment you were going through. Huge strides have been made that one can do that “. “However, I’ve been to different countries and different cultures where it’s still taboo to talk publicly about breasts and that certainly doesn’t help open discussions about breast cancer.”

While her work on the campaign is far from over, Hurley knows that her efforts with Estée Lauder are just part of her mission when it comes to empowering women and people everywhere to speak more openly about their life experiences.

“Any remaining taboos are definitely there for us to challenge,” she says.

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