"What a woman!" Jane Fonda graces the cover of Vogue at 81

It’s no easy feat for just about any woman to grace the cover of one of the world’s most famous fashion magazines – but Jane Fonda has done just that at the age of 81.

The actress has become the cover star for British Vogue’s May issue, a special edition targeted at women over 50.

Fonda told the magazine she is proud of her age. “I like being over the hill because I’ve discovered there’s a whole new landscape,” she said. “I’m fond of age. I’m glad I’ve lived this long.”

Fonda’s appearance on the cover has received some rave reviews from fans.

“What a woman!” one commented on the picture on the magazine’s Instagram page.

“Jane is amazing! Such an example of an extraordinary woman!” another wrote.

One added, “It’s so nice to see a legend on the front of a beautiful magazine.”

The Grace and Frankie star admitted that being in her 80s came with a lot of health struggles, including skin cancer and osteoporosis.

“I’ve had a lot of cancer,” she said, describing her cancer diagnosis today as “an ongoing process”.

“I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”

She also recalled the moment when she attended the 2016 Golden Globe Awards in a high-necked, ruffly Yves Saint Laurent Couture dress.

“I get out of the car and I have the strange white dress with all the ruffles? That’s because I’d just had a mastectomy and I had to cover my bandages.”

However, she said she was grateful for the opportunity to get to this age. “I didn’t think I’d ever, ever live this long – or feel that I’m whole or getting whole,” she said. “I feel very intentional about realising that it’s up to me how this last part of my life goes.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see pictures from Fonda’s magazine photoshoot.