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Famous women over a certain age often look startlingly similar. Ageless skin, younger-than-their-years bodies and smooth and silky (and perfectly colored) hair. But just as we admire ladies who say no to plastic surgery, we adore these 14 notable women for skipping the dye and embracing their naturally gray locks. Cheers to graceful aging. 

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Helen Mirren

Let’s be real: the Dame can do no wrong. 

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Carole King

Not sure how she feels, but King's curls make her look like a natural woman. (Woman.)

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Alice Walker

The Pulitzer Prize winner has long advocated natural hair (and written extensively about it). She originally rocked an afro, then dreadlocks and now a cool close crop. 

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Blythe Danner

Love that Goop's mom embraces her color and not-so-smooth texture. 

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Carmen Dell’Orefice

The woman is 84. Just let that sink in for a second.

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Toni Morrison

Working title: The Grayest Hair.

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Diane Keaton

Still rocking menswear like a boss, Keaton’s grays and glasses make her one of the coolest celebs around.

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Stacy London

Though just a streak, stylist London’s gray is nothing short of a signature.

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Sissy Spacek

Spacek's kind smile and unfussy hair make her seem like the super-cool aunt who is everyone's favorite. 

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Emmylou Harris

Of her gray hair, the country singer, who stopped coloring years ago, has said, "Women should do whatever makes them feel good, but I do wish that we would accept our aging selves." Preach. 

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Glenn Close

If it's even possible, Close's grays make her look more distinguished. 


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Iris Apfel

Gray hair, giant glasses and gorgeous jewels. Iconic.

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Daphne Guinness

Muse and O.G. street-style star Guinness has been rocking grays (most often in wild 'dos) for as long as we can remember.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

JLC's advice to ladies going gray: Keep the cut edgy. She told Marie Claire in 2007 that without a contemporary cut, "I can go Bea Arthur very quickly." 

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