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Jane Fonda at 73: No love unless you look perfect

At 73, Jane Fonda looks fantastic, but the star has long battled body image issues -- many of which she attributes to her father."I was raised in the ’50s," she tells Harper's Bazaar. "I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not
Harper's Bazaar / Today

At 73, Jane Fonda looks fantastic, but the star has long battled body image issues -- many of which she attributes to her father.

Harper's Bazaar / Today

"I was raised in the ’50s," she tells Harper's Bazaar. "I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved."

Fonda does admit that she is vain: "My arms are thin, but I’m vain about loose flesh. And so I’m careful that what I wear will show off my best parts, which are my waist and my butt." That said, Fonda's got an inner circle that keeps her honest. "I have people in my life who will say, 'Honey, you’re trying too hard.' I like being saucy, but I’m 73 and a half. I’m still trying to find my way between matronly and coltishness."

One instance where Fonda is certainly not matronly is in her mug shot, snapped in 1970 after she was arrested for "drug smuggling" in Ohio (the charges were dropped when it was discovered the "drugs" were merely vitamins). Fonda tells Harper's Bazaar, "It was like I had Richard Avedon in that jailhouse taking my mug shot; it’s a beautiful mug shot."