Michelle Pfeiffer's Big Secret

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Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle opens up to us about the lifestyle choice she’ll never give up, and her secret for staying young.


Being an A-list celebrity comes with baggage. It’s not easy feeling the whole world watch your every move. Knowing that people are judging you based on your looks, what you’re wearing, and your personal choices. Michelle Pfeiffer is no exception to this phenomenon.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, 1983

You probably can’t even remember the first time you saw her because it seems like she’s been on your screens forever. Whether it was being catwoman in the famous Batman movie franchise, a musical like Hairspray, or a classic like Scarface, she has always been captivating.

Being an A-lister like Michelle means that people see her as a role model. Unlike other famous beauties, Michelle has always taken this responsibility seriously. She’s never been the type to get caught up in scandals or set a bad example for her fans.

As with any female celebrity, people love to look for flaws. But Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the few Hollywood actresses that opted not to get plastic surgery. Instead, she is aging gracefully and very –shockingly– slowly. Naturally, everyone is asking: what’s her secret?

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Curious? Lucky for you, Michelle opened up to us and revealed her secret to a youthful look and how she dramatically slows down the aging process. Can’t wait to hear more? Read on:

Urbanette Magazine: You have this incredible glow about you, Michelle. Your skin is so healthy-looking and much younger than your years. I’m sure our readers want to know –what’s your secret?

Michelle Pfeiffer: Thank you! I definitely think it’s because I’m vegan. Eating a vegan diet — it’s just so much healthier — and you avoid a lot of toxins that could age your skin and your body. I really noticed a difference in my skin not too long after switching to fully vegan. And I needed to eat are fruits and vegetables to stay lean. It’s all about vanity, honestly. [She laughs.] The older I’ve gotten, the more it’s occurred to me that I’m doing it in order to live longer, though the vanity component will always be there.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle is a classic, ageless beauty — the natural way

Urbanette: The general public’s perception is that going vegan is not an easy feat. That’s why when someone goes vegan, the question many wonder is “why’d they do it?” I know you’re loving the benefits and have lots of reasons to stay on a vegan diet, but what was the initial inspiration behind it?

Michelle: I was watching CNN, and ‘The Last Heart Attack’ came on. I watched Bill Clinton talk about the last heart attack he had and learned that Clinton is a foodie. He’s a smart guy, so I’m thinking, ” if Bill Clinton loves the book by Dr. Esselstyn, there must be something that makes him stick to it.” He isn’t going to do something unless that there’s science behind it. So I got the book and I just felt like the science behind it was irrefutable. I couldn’t avoid the truth in it. My father died from cancer, and the older you get there’s a lot of disease. You see people dying from chronic disease and terminal illnesses. Anyway, science is always changing, but this one seems to stick.

Urbanette: I’m sorry to hear about your father having had cancer. I had it too, which was part of my process for going vegan. It’s a very anti-cancer diet. It seems like nowadays so many people get it — young people, too.

Michelle: So you know — there’s just too much cancer. I just feel like if there’s anything that I can do to lend my support, I’m happy to do it. I’m an active participant in Cedar Sinai’s Pink Party. The founder is an old friend of mine and I know her from the old neighborhood and met her thirteen years ago when she first opened her shop. And over the years, I’ve seen this pink party grow from a neighborhood thing to one of Cedar Sinai’s biggest cancer fundraisers. We both have someone very close to us with ovarian cancer. 

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle now, at 57 years old

Urbanette: Let’s go back to the vegan diet. Was sticking to it hard for you initially?

Michelle: Maybe for the first few weeks, but I love the vegan diet because I love carbs. I’ve never really loved animal protein in terms of animal meat. I only ate it because I used to think it was good for me. 

Continue for more of this fascinating interview…

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 108 Comments

  1. Patrick Longworth

    I find it ironic, that commenters here who claim to be against cruelty to animals will turn to another topic and make cruel or judging comments about others, even their allies.

    Whether Michelle has had cosmetic surgery or not is none of your business and even if you think you know she has just keep your mouths shut about it and don’t type about it as it is none of your business.

  2. Trixiebelle

    She is gorgeous and thin. However, she’s definitely had work. Botox, fillers. Maybe a little lipo here and there. Just own it.

  3. Dee Wilson

    Like a few readers that have already picked up on her answers.
    But, she is a vanity vegan. So nothing wrong with that but it so enlightening to see celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix etc. stand up for the inhumane way we treat animals and are able to use their status to convey the message to the public.

  4. Richard Colby

    I’m 62 yrs old. I notice that not too many men are vegan… At my age can I still become a vegan?

    • Of course! Anyone can become vegan, and it will make you healthier at any age. Check out a fantastic Netflix film called WHAT THE HEALTH?

  5. she is stunning as always

  6. Deborah

    Vanity vegans tend to go back to eating carcasses after they get what they want. A slimmer body and younger skin. Ethical vegans never go back because they’ve made the connection. Animals are just like us. They too are part of Creation and they too suffer at the hands of arrogant ignorant abusers. I love Michelle. We’re both Taureans. 🙂 I’ve even been told I look like her. (I wish.) I applaud her, you Michelle, if you’re reading, for making the change and showing people the effects (gorgeous) and that it really isn’t that hard. I just hope that the animals are considered too. Yes a vegan diet is how the human body was meant to thrive. Yes a vegan diet will make you more beautiful. But most importantly a vegan LIFESTYLE will protect countless innocent loving animals AND our sweet precious Earth. GO VEGAN. STOP BEING AN ASSHOLE PEOPLE!! 🙂

    • Regardless of the reason, I think it’s good to be inclusive of everyone trying to be a part of the movement, and not chastise them for their reasoning behind it and your perception that it’s not ‘pure’ enough.

      • Sania Mirza

        I agree. Who cares WHY… as long as she’s not eating animals, it doesn’t really matter WHY. Andrew is right — we should all be supportive, regardless of their reasoning.

  7. Moya

    This was really good. But I would like to ask 1 question, how long has she been a vegan, and at what age did she make this change. For me (because I am older), I think this would really help me to know if it can be done/ stated later in your age? Thank you again

    • Hi Moya, Switching to vegan can be done at any age. In fact, the health benefits are often even greater when you are older, since a vegan diet helps with osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. If you want to live longer and feel healthier, switch today! 🙂 Check out http://www.vegankit.com and the Netflix documentary called ‘What The Health?’

  8. Mark

    I know that Dr. Esselstyn also advocates NO OIL. Do you know if Michelle Pfeiffer has stopped eating foods with oils?

    • I think that’s only for losing weight… some oils are really good for you, like coconut oil and olive oil.

      • Judy Sangillo

        It isn’t just for weight loss. People trying to reverse heart disease should go oil-free as well as avoid animal foods, because consuming oil causes inflammation of the arterial endothelial cells.

      • I thought olive oil was great option too but during a recent webinar with Dr. McDougall, I had the chance to ask about it and received a reply from Jeffrey Silberg, who is Starch Solution Certified. He said that it causes inflammation.

  9. I became vegan when I wanted to lose weight had nothing to do with animal cruelty but after I lost the weight I started educating myself on the facts… Now I choose a kinder diet because I am against animal cruelty!!! So who cares if she has or hasn’t had surgery… I’m hopeful that she too will realize the real reason to be vegan and not just for the self-gratification!

  10. Michelle Pfeiffer being vegan is great for the profile of the diet and spreading awareness of the benefits. Great to hear that she’s benefited so much. Now I’ll have to try it too 😉

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