Brooke Shields is opening up about being confident in her body.
The 53-year-old actress made her return to modelling in the past year, and she talked to PorterEdit about getting in shape for her recent swimsuit campaign.
“I really prepared. I knew that if I didn’t look my best, I’d be embarrassed and mad at myself. I stopped drinking beer and wine, and I worked out three times a week. I was the best version of myself,” she said. “I was also hungry.”
Things never came easy for Shields’ self-esteem, even when she was a teen model.
“I modelled swimwear when I was 15, and even then, I didn’t think I had a swimsuit body,” she admitted. “I was a cover girl, not a supermodel. I was neck-up – the face, the eyebrows – and I was always described as ‘athletic’, ‘not rail-thin’, ‘not a runway model’. Those messages, they seep into your consciousness.”
Shields said she also took hits to her self-esteem from her own mother, who would regularly body-shame her.
“My mother would get drunk and say, ‘Why don’t you move your fat ass?’ So, I’ve always believed I had a fat ass.”
Now, Shields is watching as her daughters grow up with much more body positivity than she did.
“[My daughters] are so much more mature than I was, so much more confident in their own bodies,” Shield said. “They have the same stubbornness and strength that I do, but are more well adjusted. I am jealous as all hell about that. But, of course, I created it.”