By  on September 9, 2011

With one of the longest-running beauty contracts in the business, actress/model Andie MacDowell proves that L’Oréal Paris certainly thinks she’s worth it.

Over the 25 years she’s spent with the company, MacDowell, now 53, has represented a long list of L’Oréal products; her latest campaign is for Visible Lift Brush foundation, which launched in July. In a world where replacing longtime spokespeople with younger faces is the norm, MacDowells’s longevity is notable. “Beauty isn’t about how old you are,” she says. “Women should be able to feel good about themselves no matter what their age.”

The model/actress says she feels much happier with herself now than when she was younger. “I see in young girls what I did to myself—they are so critical, and their expectations are so unrealistic. They won’t show their legs because they think they’re fat. I did that too—but now I see myself as a full person. I don’t break myself into pieces. I tell my daughters all the time that what they have is wonderful and they need to embrace it.”

MacDowell says that from the beginning, L’Oréal understood her. “I come from a small town and am self-made. When I’m not working, I’m in jeans, but I can go down the red carpet if need be. I want to be seen as a normal person—I just have a very interesting job.” Her latest projects include the remake of Footloose, expected in October, and a new series for ABC Family called Jane By Design. She still counts her role in 1989’s Sex, Lies and Videotape as one of her absolute favorites. “She was a sexually repressed woman who’d never had an orgasm, and wouldn’t speak about her sexuality in therapy so just talked about garbage. And her sister was having an affair with her husband. Now, that is a character.”

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