Healthy Bodies of Hollywood

We applaud these 20 celebs for embracing their curves-- and turning their nose up at size zeros

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Mariska Hargitay

“I’m a size 8, and I feel proud of that, because it’s healthy. I’ve never felt compelled to be a skinny actress. Being a sex symbol is not my thing; it’s not where I shine,” the November 2011 More covergirl once said.

 

 

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Kate Winslet

“I don't have a model's body, I have a real shape," the Oscar winner has said. "And that just means a lot to me to be able to wear clothes that do embody that message of strength and power and femininity in a real shape.”

 

 

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Helen Mirren

At 66, Mirren was named "Body of the Year" by L.A. Fitness. "Maybe I got sympathy votes. But it was a beautiful thing that these fitness people did, I have to say," she told nymag.com.  "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect."

 

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Octavia Spencer

The recent SAG winner took to her Facebook page to respond to comments about her size.  "Ladies and Gents here's what I am not doing….I am not worrying about my weight! I am not trying to conform to an unrealistic model of beauty."

 

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Jennifer Lopez

"I was always very comfortable with who I was. Confident. I’ve never looked my body in a negative way," the American Idol judge told Marie Claire.

 

 

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Sofia Vergara

"When I moved to America I was more voluptuous and I felt a little different," the Modern Family star told Health magazine. Now, the actress is excited to talk about her body. She told E!'s Ted Casablanca at a 2011 Emmy event, "You want to talk about my figure? I love talking about my figure!"

 

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Christina Hendricks

For years, the Mad Men star was told she had to change her image. Now, women across the country are talking about her amazing body. "It's such a compliment, because of 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.'"

 

 

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Queen Latifah

“I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first," the More cover girl one said. "Finally it occurred to me, I'm either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself.”

 

 

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Meryl Streep

What we love most about this award winning actress is her unwavering determination to age with grace. You won't see her chasing a youthful face-- or body-- anytime soon.

 

 

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Emma Thompson

“I’m not fiddling about with myself. We’re in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60,” Thompson told GQ.

 

 

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America Ferrera

“I think it’s hilarious when people call Jessica Alba or Eva Longoria curvy," the Ugly Betty star once said. "Come on – they’re not curvy. I’m curvy! I’ve been really lucky. Playing Betty has prepared me to be exactly who I am and not to change.”

 

 

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Scarlett Johansson

The curvy A-lister took to the pages of the Huffington Post to express her dismay with the gossip rags. She wrote: "I'm frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there. People come in all shapes and sizes and everyone has the capability to meet their maximum potential."

 

 

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Nigella Lawson

“I suppose the difference is I don’t want to be as thin. Greed always outweighs my vanity," the noted chef and Food Network personality has said of her affinity for desserts.

 

 

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Tyra Banks

The supermodel turned media mogul has come to terms with her flip-flopping weight since leaving the catwalk.  "I feel good about my curves -- my booty, my boobs, my thighs -- I embrace it all," Banks said. "I have been on diets in the past, and they are a bunch of bologna. It's not about being skinny. It's about getting in the best shape that you can be."

 

 

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Adele

“I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I don’t want that in my life," the Grammy winner told British Vogue.  "I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.”

 

 

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Liv Tyler

The daughter of model Bebe Buell had this to say about her body: “All you can do really is try your best and accept yourself. I’ll always have a more round stomach.”

 

 

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Sophia Loren

The Italian actress attributes her hour glass figure to a healthy diet of what else? Pasta!

 

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Mariah Carey

Carey lost 70 lbs of baby weight after the birth of her twins-- and still managed to keep her killer curves.

 

 

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Jessica Simpson

Simpson receives flack from the tabloid media about her ever- fluctuating weight. Still, a few mean gossip bloggers can't hold this Texan down. "There's something very empowering about curves," the buxom blonde once said. "You can't strut your stuff when you're skinny."

 

 

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Beyonce Knowles

The insanely talented songstress works hard to keep her figure toned, yet still womanly.

 

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Want more celeb stories? Check out the stars who beat the odds-- and came out on top!

 

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First Published January 31, 2012

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