Researchers examined the top 265 earning actresses and actors in Hollywood films from 1968 to 2008. While a female movie star’s average salary per film steadily increases in her 20s, this number drops off rapidly after she turns 34. Male actors’ compensation however, peaks around age 51 and shows no signs of decreasing with age. According to the study, “Men’s well-worn faces are thought to convey maturity, character and experience. A woman’s face, on the other hand, is valued for appearing young.”
Hollywood doesn’t allow women to age, which encourages the idea that growing older is not acceptable — even though it is inevitable (and beautiful).
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