Jane Fonda admits she cares more about what men think of her looks than women

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Jane Fonda admits she still wants men to find her attractive at 83. (Getty Images)

Jane Fonda has admitted that she cares more about what men think of how she looks than she does about what women think.

The 83-year-old actor and work-out video star said that in spite of being a feminist, she believed wanting men to find her attractive is “just part of my DNA”.

Fonda told Grazia magazine: "If I’m going to be on a Zoom meeting and I know that there’s going to be a man – even if I go to a doctor and it’s a guy – I mean, I feel ashamed even admitting this, but I pay a little extra attention to how I look than I do if it’s a woman.

"I became an adult in the 50s and it’s just part of my DNA. I probably will feel that way on my death bed."

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The Grace And Frankie star added: "I do it because I need to feel that they think I’m attractive. I don’t mean sexy. I mean just look good for my age."

The political campaigner and environmental activist admitted that it took her a while to embrace feminism because she mistook the ethos of the women's movement as being about disliking men.

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Jane Fonda said she can be a feminist and still want to look beautiful. (Getty Images)

Fonda went on: "And then when I very first became a feminist I didn’t really pay that much attention to how I looked... because I thought that to be taken seriously I had to look like I didn’t care how I looked.

"A point came when I really became a feminist, not just theoretically in my head, but an embodied feminist, and I was confident in my feminism that I didn’t have to forgo looking good."

She added: "You can look beautiful and still be a feminist."

Actress Jane Fonda appears on an Italian poster for the 1968 science fiction fantasy film 'Barbarella', directed by Roger Vadim. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda as Barbarella in 1968. (Getty Images)

Fonda found Hollywood stardom in the 1960s. She has been nominated for seven Oscars and won two.

She is best known for her starring roles in 1968 cult sci fi movie Barbarella and 1981 family drama On Golden Pond, as well as her successful Jane Fonda's Workout videos in the 1980s. More recently she has starred in hit TV series The Newsroom and Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie.

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Fonda publicly campaigned against the Vietnam War, and currently dedicates her time to raising awareness about climate change.

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