Cybill Shepherd wants it known that she's no lady.

"That's a pejorative term to me," the former model turned actress-producer says in the June issue of Living Fit magazine. "Being a lady represents less than I can be."Feel free to call the 48-year-old Shepherd sexy, though. She wants the world to know that women her age are "more beautiful, more sexy, more powerful than ever."

"It's OK to get older; there's good stuff going on," says Shep-herd. "I feel my emotions more intensely. But, as I tell my kids, being afraid takes courage. It's how you deal with the fear that counts."