Cameron Diaz graces the cover of InStyle UK’s July 2012 issue wearing a baby blue Valentino Couture lace dress.

She talks to the magazine about turning 40 in August, having children plus she shares how Drew Barrymore’s fiancé had to ask for Cameron’s blessing before popping the question.

Her Haute Couture editorial, shot by Liz Collins, sees her wearing Givenchy and Giambattista Valli.

The magazine goes on sale this Thursday. Here are some extracts from her interview.

On turning the big 4-0 in August: “Life gets better as you get older, definitely. I don’t want to be 20! I feel better than ever: stronger, more capable and clearer. I really know myself now.”

On friendships: “Good friendship is basic: be good to one another, be thoughtful, enrich one another’s lives. I learn so much from my girlfriends and I love it.”

On making movies: “What I love about movies is how many people they can reach. I don’t make a movie because I think, ‘This is something I want to say’. I just want people to laugh, to cry, to feel.”

Valentino Haute Couture

Givenchy Haute Couture

Credit: Liz Collins/InStyleUK