Jane Fonda on ‘Beautiful Mug Shot’ and Being ‘Saucy’ at 73

Jane Fonda polka-dot Stella McCartney dress Harper's Bazaar
Photo: Paola Kudacki for Harper’s Bazaar
Jane Fonda flaunts it in that sheer polka-dot Stella McCartney dress.

Fond of Fonda? You'll looooooove this.

The "73-and-a-half"-year-old actress proves that a Jane Fonda Workout does a body good with a revealing shoot for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar (covered by Lea Michele) that has her approaching side-boob territory in Stella McCartney's ubiquitous sheer polka-dot dress. Talk about a hot flash!

Currently penning a book called Prime Time, the Oscar winner says it's all about working with what you've got.

“I’m vain," Fonda tells the magazine. "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. 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.”

Lea Michele September cover Harper’s Bazaar
Photo: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaa
Lea Michele sizzles in YSL on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

Photographed by Paola Kudacki, the Hollywood legend is also delightfully frank about her love life (she's dating someone), her issues with late father Henry Fonda ("he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you're not going to be loved'), and her iconic mug shot.

"It was like I had Richard Avedon in that jailhouse taking my mug shot," she says. "It’s a beautiful mug shot. My hair was in Klute mode. About four years ago, I went to the Sally Hershberger salon in New York and one entire wall, like six feet, was my mug shot!"

Clearly, the star's badassery continues to this day, despite a few wrinkles.

"Instead of viewing an arch—you rise, you peak, you decline—view it as a staircase," she says of the aging process. "Your body may fall apart, but on every level that really matters, you can ascend toward enlightenment, wisdom, and authenticity. That's what I'm going for."

For more of Jane Fonda's interview, visit Harper's Bazaar online and pick up the September issue, out August 16.