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Barbarella is back! Jane Fonda, 73, shows off her time-defying figure as she steps out in a daring thigh-high boots

Age-defying: Jane Fonda looked nowhere near her 73 years as she went out to lunch today wearing leggings and thigh-high boots that left little to the imagination

She may be 73, but while her contemporaries are shuffling around in fluffy slippers, Jane Fonda was sporting a pair of thigh-high boots today reminiscent of the pair she wore in the sci-fi fantasy flick Barbarella more than 40 years ago.

Looking as good as a woman a third of her age, she was spotted out in New York City City wearing an unforgiving pair of leggings and towering suede tan boots.

Despite her incredible figure, the star has revealed she has long battled with her own self image, partly due to her relationship with her father, actor Henry Fonda.

'I was raised in the ’50s,' she explains. 'I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.'

Fonda is currently in the Big Apple promoting her new book, Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit — Making the Most of all of Your Life.

She appeared on the Today Show with Matt Lauer this morning and spoke about her decision to have plastic surgery.

The Barbarella star told Lauer she didn’t feel pressure to maintain a certain look.

'I just decided I wanted to buy myself some time and look more like how I feel,' said Fonda, who had work on her chin, neck and under the eyes.

'Afterwards I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s me,’' she continued, 'I feel so great and so rested and I look so different and I just decided — and I’m not proud of it — I decided I wanted to look more like how I feel.'

Spot the difference: Fonda shot to fame as a sexy astronaurt in the 1968 film Barbarella and can still pull off a pair of thigh high boots 40 years later

The star, who is a notable political activist, has earned two Academy Awards during her long career which has seen her star in film hits including Coming Home and Klute.

It was the 1968 science fiction spoof Barbarella however, directed by her French film director husband Roger Vadim, that established her status as a sex symbol.

Set in an unspecified future time, the title sequence featuring Barbarella’s infamous weightless striptease made the film a cult classic and has been reproduced numerous times - most recently by Kylie Minogue in her video for Put Yourself in My Place.

Fonda has even said she would pounce on the chance to reprise the role.
'I have a dream – to do a sequel to 'Barbarella,' Fonda said. 'Not a remake, a sequel!'

She's still got it: Fonda gets an affectionate goodbye from a friend after lunch

Fonda, an '80s fitness guru, also said that what she learned about the role exercise plays in aging while researching her new project 'just blew me away.'

'It’s important to exercise when you’re younger,' she said. 'But it’s like the number one ingredient for successful aging. It makes a difference for all aspects of your life and your body.

'I’m happier now than I was before,” Fonda said. “That’s not exactly what I expected at 73.'

The actress has two new films coming out next year, Peace, Love & Misunderstand, also featuring Elizabeth Olsen and Chace Crawford, and the French comedy Et si on vivait tous ensemble (And If We All Lived Together) her first French film since Jean-Luc Godard's Tout va bien in 1972.



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