Celebrities Who Inspire Us To Embrace Our Flaws
Before the 84th Oscars, Davis normally donned a wig, much like her character Aibileen did in The Help, the role she was nominated for to win Best Actress. When she showed up to the red carpet, she dazzled the crowd with her natural hair. At an Essence Black Women in Hollywood event, Davis said this of her decision: "I feel more powerful every day, more secure in who I am, and I’ve waited so long for that. … It feels divine."
Helen Mirren isn't worried about aging.
"I don't want to be younger," the actress told TV Times. "I accept the absolute reality of what is happening to me as the years pass." She also explained to Celebrity Diet Doctor that she exercises not for beauty but to keep her energy levels up. She hopes to gain sensibility as she ages as she’s not too worried about stopping the inevitable. People, here's how to age well physically and mentally.
Kate Winslet rescued her wrinkles from an airbrush.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Winslet said she prefers to not be touched up for movie posters. "I have wrinkles here, which are very evident," she said, "and I will particularly say when I look at movie posters, 'You guys have airbrushed my forehead. Please can you change it back?' I'd rather be the woman they're saying 'She's looking older' than 'She's looking stoned.'"
Mindy Kaling refuses to diet down.
In her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me, she explains why dieting isn't a priority: "Do I sometimes look at Gisele Bundchen and wonder how awesome life would be if I never had to wear Spanx? Duh, of course. That's kind of the point of Gisele Bundchen. … But on the list of things I want to do in my lifetime, that's not near the top."
Lena Dunham responded to Howard Stern's "chunky girl who got it going" comment with hilarity.
When radio personality, Howard Stern, referred to Lena Dunham as a "little fat chick who got it going with her own show," Dunham responded on Letterman saying that she wanted to get that statement on her gravestone: "She was a little fat chick and she got it going." When she called Stern (who apologized) she said on his show, "I'm not that fat, Howard. I'm not thin, but I'm thin, for like, Detroit."
Tina Fey wouldn't trade her scars for anything.
In her book, Bossypants, Fey talks about the scar on her face she got from a knife fight and others she gathered in her life: "I would not trade any of these features … I wouldn't trade the small thin-lipped mouth that makes me resemble my nephew. I wouldn't even trade the acne scar on my right cheek, because that recurring zit spent more time with me in college than any boy ever did," she wrote.
Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb hosted the Today Show without wearing makeup.
To prove that no one really wakes up looking like they do on television, Gifford and Kotb went on live television without an ounce of cover-up on their faces. "Most of it is just about feeling secure, [and] confidence is very sexy," Gifford said. "At a certain point, you can never compete with the girls that are in the Miss USA pageant. You just want to look your healthiest and your best."
Jamie Lee Curtis would rather go gray.
Ashley Judd refused to apologize to the media for looking "puffy."
When Judd's face appeared "puffier" than usual, the media went ballistic and accused her of getting plastic surgery. In an article she wrote for The Daily Beast, she had the following to say about our culture's habits of holding people to ridiculous standards of beauty:
"Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in—and help change—the Conversation."
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