updated 04/24/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/11/2014 AT 7:00 AM ET
Jane Fonda doesn’t consider herself beautiful.
“Am I surprised by how good I look at 75? Yes, I appreciate the compliment, I’m honored to be called beautiful. I don’t consider myself beautiful,” she says on the set of her PEOPLE Most Beautiful photo shoot. “But when I was on the outside of oldness, looking in, I didn’t expect that people would think I was beautiful at 75.”
Fonda, who posed in a sparkling gown, is taking aging in stride.
“I feel lighter, I feel younger, I feel a greater sense of well-being. Not what I expected at all. Basically I’m pretty happy about the whole thing,” she says.
As for maintaining a youthful glow, Fonda – who recently suffered a breast cancer scare – has one piece of advice for women.