Diaz Embraces Growing Older

cameron diaz talks about growing up

Cameron Diaz has long been categorized a sex symbol, but the actress, 36, explains how labels have become limiting as she grows older.

"People who put labels on themselves limit themselves," she confesses in the June issue of Vogue. "If you are a woman who's been labeled as a sex symbol, for instance -- I mean, I am not saying that's the label people would apply to me. But if you see yourself that way, inevitably you get to a point when you are no longer a sex symbol."

Cam continues, "And if you can't move past that, you're putting a limit on yourself; you're arresting your development, and that's where I think a lot of women get in trouble."

The actress confesses, "I mean, I'm not 25 years old anymore, nor do I want to be. I wouldn't even want to go back to being 30. You know what I mean? That journey -- I've done it already."

Diaz declares, "I don't want to do it again. It's a lot of work to get through it, and I am excited about moving forward. I think that people get caught up in getting back to some place that they already passed. Or to a place where you cannot stay."