Demi Moore: Call Me a “Puma,” Not a “Cougar”


Demi Moore has a purrfect solution to the "cougar" label so often affixed to older women partnered with younger men: call her a puma instead!

In the April issue of Harper's Bazaar, the 47-year-old wife to Ashton Kutcher, 32, says that the latter feline term "has a sweeter quality, more elegant." Moore charges that "cougar has become so distasteful. I really hate that expression."

There's only one hitch to the "puma" term: "Somebody said to me, 'Pumas are only for people in their 30s.'"

The frequently Twittering star got some flack for all the cat-talk by a follower on the microblogging site.

"Somebody really offended me on Twitter by saying, 'How is that better, switching from one predator to another?'" she recounts. "I wrote back, saying it's important to keep your sense of humor."

Moore also lashed out at a recent W magazine cover photo controversy, which alleged that her hip had been retouched.

"Okay, that is literally my shape," she tells Harper's Bazaar. What bothered her most about the kerfuffle, Moore explains, "wasn't that people were saying it was retouched, it was that they were saying my hip was so badly botched because a hunk of it was taken out. I called the photographers, and they said, 'We did not touch anything on your hip, your thigh, or your waist. It was the position.'"

In the interview, the star doesn't explicitly address ongoing speculation that she's undergone extensive plastic surgery. "I feel better in my skin, 100 percent," she says simply of growing older. "That's the tradeoff. You have greater effects of gravity, but the better sense of yourself you have is something I wouldn't trade. Women who lie about their age — why?"

The April issue of Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands March 30.

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