Each month Glossy Cover will feature a woman who we think portrays the very Glossiest of Glossy Girls in terms of beauty, style, health, and wellness, or anything else that might make a gal glossy these days. For our first ever installment of this monthly feature, we’ve singled out actress Courteney Cox. What makes Cox so glossy? Beyond her undeniable beauty, uber friend status (she’s still besties with Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow), and acting chops, this past month the actress did something few in show business will do: she came clean about cosmetic work she’s had done in the past, regrets she’s made along the way and the ultimate decision she made to return to a more natural look.

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Let’s take a look at Courteney Cox through the years:

Courteney Cox

In a recent interview with New Beauty Magazine, Courteney Cox was completely candid about having fillers done in the past, admitting that she’s now happily reversed the work and is happier and healthier than ever before at 53 years old. And by the looks of the stunning photographs for the cover of the magazine and interior story, it’s clear to us the actress is as gorgeous and glowing as ever.

In the cover interview for the July issue of the beauty magazine, Cox speaks about the pressures of living up to the standards of beauty in the entertainment industry. “Hollywood—this business—makes it harder. I grew up thinking that appearance was the most important thing. That’s kind of sad because it got me in trouble. I was trying so hard to keep up, and I actually made things worse.”

Admitting to years of going to doctors and getting fillers here and there, the actress realized she didn’t look like herself and decided to reverse the work she’d had done. And she’s now content with the more natural look she’s now come to accept. “I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles—they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”

We applaud Cox for not only embracing her natural look, but for opening up about a topic that too many times seems taboo in this day and age. Cox is not the only celebrity who’s opened up about past cosmetic work though.

In 2013 Nicole Kidman, after being famously talked about for having a noticeably altered appearance, spoke out in regards to her beauty blunders. “I did try Botox, unfortunately, but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again. I wear sunscreen, I don’t smoke and I take care of myself, and I am proud to say that.”

Nicole Kidman
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In 2014 Cameron Diaz, speaking about Botox, admitted “it changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that’.”

Cameron Diaz
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The singer Kylie Minogue also admitted to using the widely-popular filler, but had decided to go au naturale in recent years. “I don’t any more, I won’t go near it. I have lines. You can see the lines on my face.”

Kylie Minogue

Many other women these days are following in the footsteps of these celebrities and also choosing to go the more natural route when it comes to cosmetic procedures. We spoke to a few women to get there take on fillers and where they stand. In the sake of anonymity, some names have been changed.

Dina Minsour*, a 44-year-old real estate agent, says that while she cannot predict the future and may change her mind in years to come, for right now she is going the natural route. “I’m too afraid of the long-term effects right now. I try my best to not put any unnatural products in my body and on my skin. It’s too early to know how these things will affect us years from now and I’m scared of any side effects.

Tara McGowan*, a 39-year-old stay-at-home mom, admits she’s too scared to even consider any procedures. “Right now I would never get fillers because I’m terrified of needles being anywhere near my face. But I did spend years in the sun and have lots of wrinkles to show from it, so my answer may change ten years from now.”

Susan Williams*, a 65-year-old journalist, claims beauty is only skin deep and a happy outlook on life is all that matters. “My mother lived to be 98 years old. She never had work done and I can say that she truly aged gracefully. It really comes down to your genes, good living, healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep.”

Natural Beauty. There’s really something to be said for embracing life and all that it brings with it. Here’s to all of the women who are choosing to age gracefully. Thank you to our Glossy Girl of the Month Courteney Cox for charging the path and taking the honest, bold approach to beauty and beyond.