More and more frequently, those in the spotlight are stepping forward and embracing their figures, proudly exclaiming that they love their natural curves. Some of these stars are known as role models for promoting a healthy, curvy shape, while others have said that they have embraced their figure and really like their womanly body now.
Beyonce says that her curves make her look and feel like a woman: “If you look like you’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym, then it just looks like you spend a lot of time in the gym. I feel best when I’m not really thin and not really heavy – when I’m still curvy. I really believe that everyone is supposed to be different, and whatever is a natural weight for you is usually what looks best. I never want to get to that point where it’s not natural. I think it’s important to feel like a woman, as well as look like a woman. The truth is, it’s a lot of sacrifice.”
Australian model Miranda Kerr says that after giving birth to her son, she found she had more curves, which she loves: “I’m a little more curvaceous now, which I really love, I think it’s great to embrace these curves and work with them.”
British model Daisy Lowe is proud to be a role model because of her fuller figure: “I’m really proud of being the poster girl for curves, I’m proud of my shape, I think that what I’m aiming for is the return of the supermodel: we need to have real characters that women can relate to and look up to. Look at Lily Cole, she is so curvy, and Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] is curvy, too… I mean, she’s tiny but she’s just so sexy. I don’t think women love really thin models. I hate looking through catwalk-show shots – they make me feel terrible about myself.”
Mad Men actress Christina says that she celebrates her curves, even when she puts on a few pounds: “All those times I had agents who were like ‘You have to lose some weight’ and all of a sudden people are celebrating it. It’s like ‘Oh thank you! Thank you for letting me be me.’ I guess my mom raised me right, she was very celebratory of her body. Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like ‘Oh I look like a woman’. And I felt beautiful. And I never tried to lose it because I love it.”
Cheryl Cole says she naturally puts on weight when she isn’t working, but loves her body in any shape: “When I’m really thin is normally when I am working nonstop. I don’t put any emphasis on thinking, ‘Oh, I’m thin at the moment.’ Right now I’ve got my curves back because I’ve had time off, I’m at home cooking, I’m more relaxed. I’m not defined by being seven pounds heavier than I was two months ago – I think it is really unhealthy to go there. The curves are back, well and truly. I’ve got my boobs and bum back and, yeah, I like it. I think it’s sexy.”