In 2021, the dazzling Andie MacDowell strutted onto the red carpet, not with a new movie, but with a new look\u2014salt-and-pepper curls that redefine the term "going gray." At 65, she's rewriting the rules of aging gracefully and proving that silver is the new gold in the beauty world.\r\n\r\nREAD: Malcolm Brogdon Holds Court in the Rehab Zone: Absent for Blazers-Lakers Round Two\r\n\r\nAndie MacDowell's Silver Sensation\r\nNow, as she basks in the glow of her authentic self, MacDowell spills the beans on the fabulous feedback she's received. "I knew deep down that this was the path for me. I'm just grateful that L'Or\u00e9al Paris had my back, and everyone's been so darn nice and positive.\r\n\r\nThe response has been really sweet," MacDowell exclusively tells PEOPLE at the L'Or\u00e9al Paris Women of Worth celebration in Los Angeles. "I'm just thankful folks let me rock my individuality without batting an eye. I guess people also agree that silver hair suits me."\r\nL'Or\u00e9al Love: Andie MacDowell's 40-Year Odyssey\r\nWith almost four decades as a global beauty brand spokesperson, MacDowell reflects on her journey with a touch of humor. "When I started with L'Or\u00e9al Paris, I was practically a spring chicken. I found out I was pregnant right after signing, and I feared I'd lose the contract. But, surprise, it didn't faze them.\r\n\r\nI did commercials with a baby bump and right after popping one out. So, I've basically grown up with L'Or\u00e9al Paris, and that's been a huge chunk of my life," she chuckles, emphasizing that having the company endorse her silver hair journey has been nothing short of "amazing."\r\nLaughing Off the Red Carpet: Andie's Gray Humor\r\nTeaming up with other luminaries like Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King, Camila Cabello, and Helen Mirren, MacDowell pays it forward through L'Or\u00e9al Paris' Women of Worth initiative, supporting women making waves in the world.\r\n\r\n"It's a beautiful chance to discover incredible women nationwide who are dynamic game-changers in their communities. It always makes me feel like I'm not doing enough, but I love shining a spotlight on them, backing them up, and hearing their stories," she says.\r\nWomen of Worth: Andie MacDowell's Noble Cause\r\nWhen it comes to beauty decisions, like going au naturel with her gray, MacDowell advises trusting your gut. "It's a personal choice. My two older sisters will color their hair till the cows come home. So, everyone has to decide how they feel about aging, what they want to do, and what makes them comfy."\r\nAndie's Legacy: Nurturing Individuality in Motherhood\r\nThis philosophy aligns with the life lessons she imparts to her three kids\u2014son Justin Qualley and daughters Margaret and Rainey Qualley. "I try to instill in them a sense of being their own person, trusting their instincts, not following the crowd, but being exactly who they are. That's how I roll, and it's a vital lesson for your kids. It gives them stability as individuals."