Meryl Streep is no stranger to breaking records. The veteran actress currently holds the title for having the most Oscar nominations with 16 total. Based on the early buzz for her spot-on portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady“, she’ll most likely add another nod bringing her total to a record-breaking 17. Without a doubt, Meryl is the most acclaimed and celebrated actress of our time.

Streep posing for the January 2012 cover of Vogue magazine has earned her another accolade. At the age of 62-years-old, Streep becomes the oldest woman to ever grace the publication. In an industry that celebrates youth, Meryl’s accomplishment is nothing short of phenomenal. It truly shows how beloved and respected this woman is. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz snapped Streep for the historic cover and photo spread inside the mag.

At age 40, Streep thought her career was over. Instead of plum meaty roles, she was receiving offers to play witches. “Once women passed childbearing age they could only be seen as grotesque on some level,” she reveals in the January issue. Then something changed, Meryl started to change how Hollywood saw older actresses. With each passing movie, she proved that, not only could she deliver amazing work but deliver box office dollars as well. “The Devil Wears Prada“, “It’s Complicated” and “Mamma Mia!” were all hits. I’m sure she’ll prove her box office clout once again with her new flick. Check out a couple of quotes from her Vogue interview along with more pics below.

On playing Margaret Thatcher

“With any character I play, where she is me is where I meet her. It’s very easy to set people at arm’s length and judge them. Yes, you can judge the policies and the actions and the shortcomings – but to live inside that body is another thing entirely. And it’s humbling on a certain level and infuriating, just like it is to live in your own body. Because you recognize your own failings, and I have no doubt that she recognized hers.”

On feeling strongly about the film

“Because the material embedded in it is a lot of what I’ve been thinking about. The themes in the film, which I don’t feel like underlining, have interested me for a while. And you never see these subjects covered in films normally, and so that was very thrilling.”

For more on Meryl Streep’s issue, head over to www.vogue.com.