Jenna Dewan is baring it all for the September Global Naked issue of Women’s Health.
The star also talks about her life post-split from longtime love, Channing Tatum, in the magazine’s cover story.
“It’s been a journey, and it’s been a transformation of myself – my needs and wants as a woman. I think everyone wants to hold on to what’s in front of them, but when you open your mind saying, ‘I want what’s best for myself and my daughter,’ you have to be okay with however that looks,” Dewan says of the past year. “I feel like I’ve been on a wave of growth. It does look different; it’s a new normal, and I really think we’ll get used to that.”
In April 2018, Dewan and Tatum shocked the world by sharing that they were splitting up, announcing the news on Instagram.
The 37-year-old “World of Dance” host admits that her split was far from painless.
“It’s always challenging to go through a big change and have the whole world have an opinion about it,” she says. “It’s okay for a relationship to change into a new form that is actually better for both people involved, and I think maybe that’s what shocked everyone so much – that it can be a positive thing. That was ultimately what happened with us.”
Not only has the “Step Up” star had to deal with a wide variety of opinions surrounding her split from Tatum, but she’s also had to face “mom-shamers” who have harshly criticized her sexy pictures on Instagram.
“Apparently, when you become a mother, you’re supposed to leave your sexuality at the door, and I never understood that,” Dewan expresses. “I think there’s nothing sexier than becoming a mother. You give life. It’s everything. And you don’t change who you are inside just because you have a kid.”
Dewan is proud mom to daughter Everly, 5, and she makes it her mission to speak positively around her, but also follow up with words that express female empowerment.
“I’m cautious not to always say ‘You’re beautiful’ or ‘You look pretty.’ I say those things, but I follow it up with, ‘You’re smart, you’re strong, you’re opinionated,’” she says.
The actress also wants Everly to learn to appreciate a woman’s sexuality, which is just another reason why she defends posting her sexy pictures.
“I want my daughter to see that and be like, ‘Wow, my mother was a fully actualized, sensual woman,” Dewan says.
Check out Dewan’s full interview here before it hits newsstands on August 7.