Harper’s Bazaar shot a few celebrities and asked what they really thought of their untouched bodies.
ON HER BIGGEST “ASSET”: “I don’t get why everyone is always going on about my butt. I’m Armenian. It’s normal. My butt is probably not as big as you might think, because I have small legs and a small waist, which makes it appear bigger.”
ON HER BOOBS: “I was wearing a C cup by the time I was 11. I would go to bed and pray, ‘Please, Lord, don’t let my boobs grow any bigger. I hated what was happening.”
ON MAINTAINING HER FIGURE: “I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that. But accepting that just empowers me. I’m trying to eat better — which is a struggle. I like carbs. I didn’t [used to] work out. I do now, even when I’d rather sleep in. I’m a firm believer that you should be your best you.”
ON HER 2007 PLAYBOY COVER: “I’m sorry I did Playboy. I was uncomfortable,” she remembers, though at the time she was excited. “Go for it,” she recalls her mother saying. “They might never ask you again. Our show isn’t on the air yet. No one knows who you are. Do it and you’ll have these beautiful pictures to look at when you’re my age.
HER MESSAGE: “Embrace your curves and who you are. I feel proud if young girls look up to me and say, ‘I’m curvy, and I’m proud of it now.'”
ON HER CHILDHOOD BODY: “It was not cool to be so skinny. My ‘best friend’ would tell me I looked like a boy. I wore my cousin’s hand-me-downs — who was a boy.”
ON HER BOARDING SCHOOL PEERS: “These girls were telling me my body was amazing, which made me feel okay. Some of them had eating disorders because of pressure from their own mothers to be thin.”
ON GAINING PEACE OF MIND: “I’m not 25. I’m 35. I’m 10 years heavier and I’m married. I’m not going to lie and say, ‘Oh, I’m so secure in who I am. I don’t let things bother me. There are times when we’re at our weakest. But maybe it’s not your body. It’s your mind playing tricks.”
HER MESSAGE: “Women are the harshest critics of other women. There needs to be a greater acceptance individually and collectively or nothing’s ever going to change. You’ll never be thin enough, blonde enough, black enough. So enough is enough.”