Last summer’s record-breaking summer heat calls for as little clothing as possible, or none at all, if you’re Sharon Stone on a pool day. The 64-year-old actress cooled off by the water over the weekend, where she ditched her bikini top, posing for Instagram in green leopard print bottoms and a beach towel draped over her shoulders.
In the joyous photo, Stone’s elated expression is tilted toward the sky in laughter. She wears layered long necklaces and black framed glasses. “Gratefully Imperfect on a Perfect Day ❣️,” she captioned the post. But her followers could beg to differ on the imperfect part—they adored the glowing shot.
“Legend!” Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna wrote. “And like a goddess, she laughs at the mortals😉,” former supermodel Paulina Porizkova added. “Embracing our aging bodies is difficult. Thank you for showing us that we are beautiful no matter our age or what life has done to our bodies. We are still beautiful and amazing.💖💖” someone else wrote.
Over the years, Stone has had some eye-opening experiences that have turned her toward gratitude in big ways. Life wasn’t always so picturesque (nor is it for anyone, ever). In June, for example, she opened up about experiencing nine miscarriages in an effort to start a family.
“It is no small thing, physically nor emotionally yet we are made to feel it is something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure,” she wrote on Instagram. “Instead of receiving the much-needed compassion and empathy and healing which we so need.”
And as she details in her memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, at the age of 43, a sudden brain hemorrhage and stroke nearly took her life. That same year, she had tumors removed from her chest, only to wake up with breast implants that the surgeon gave her without consent because they “go better with your hip size,” he told her.
All of this trauma understandably led to a dark period for the star, who disappeared from the spotlight for seven years and lost the mortgage on her home, as well as custody of her adopted son. “My radiance went away,” she told Oprah Winfrey in a 2021 interview. “It’s a radiance and a magnetism, a presence … it comes from health and well-being and youth. I think it comes from confidence, too,” she added. “I think that when you’re in this kind of business that you’re in, they start telling you that you don’t have it anymore and you start believing it.”
It’s safe to say that—although it wasn’t easy—Stone got her radiance back. And she has every right to show it off in blissful photos like this one.
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