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Guess Whose Body Jennifer Aniston Wants — Plus How 7 Other Celebs Feel About Their Bodies

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If you could trade your body with any celeb’s, whose would it be? Chances are you might say Jennifer Aniston. Known for her rock-hard abs, her curves in the right places, and her teeny, tiny frame — Jen looks fabulous. Always has. Even in the Friends early days when she described herself as “chubby.” Now imagine someone asking Jen if she could trade places with any other body for 24 hours, who would it be? Self magazine did just that.

What did Jen reply?  “I’d love to be able to ski like a crazy person, like Lindsey Vonn. Then I’d also like to have Gisele’s body, just ’cause, why not?”

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Fair point. Gisele looks INCREDIBLE, but then again, that is why she is one of the highest paid supermodels in the world. Very few women are born with her type of body. That’s not to say that Gisele doesn’t work hard to keep in shape, but I can safely say that even if I spent 25 years at the gym, my hips would never look like Gisele’s.

It kind of surprised me, however, that Aniston could covet (or possibly she was just admiring?) any other person’s body, because to me, she looks amazing. And not just for her age. She looks amazing full stop. We assume that celebrities magically lose their body issues when they become famous. That because we see them as the sculpted goddesses they are, that they see themselves as that, too. But perhaps being in the spotlight only heightens one’s insecurities and brings the tiny flaws wildly into focus. I remember years ago, reading an interview with Liz Hurley in ELLE magazine where she admitted that she had someone take polaroid photos of her from every angle, clothed and unclothed, so she could see what the paparazzi would see and the photos they could take. In the same interview, she described hairspraying her eyebrows into shape and how she eats only watercress soup on the day of a photo shoot.  At the time, I remember feeling a little bit smug about the fact that Hurley went to such efforts to maintain her great figure and worried about how she appeared in photos, just like the rest of us.

The only difference between celebs’ bodies and ours — and when I say ours, I really mean mine — is discipline. If you knew you were on camera, one that adds 10 pounds in high definition to show off every tiny lump and bump; if you had to walk red carpets and be dissected at every angle, with all kinds of trash magazines vying for a picture of your cellulite; if you had to get into a bikini to film a scene next to a Sports Illustrated cover model; if your ability to get film/TV roles and sponsorship deals depended on your size; if you needed to fit into sample size dresses to wear to glitzy events — wouldn’t you hit the gym? If you didn’t, and chose to go the Lena Dunham route of not caring about being a standard Hollywood size, then that takes guts. Clearly not many women are happy to go along this route — some even fret about their weight gain during pregnancy.

To be honest, I resent Aniston being asked such a question. Would a famous male actor be asked the same thing? I doubt it. I can’t see David Schwimmer saying: “Oh yeah, gimme Brad Pitt’s body for the day. That would be awesome.” I also resent that the perceived notion of what a “perfect” body should be not only creates such insane pressures for famous women in the public eye, but also filters down to us and gives us a crazy need to aspire to such shapes. Shapes that are achieved through trainers, special chefs, and lots of money.

To inspire us all, I thought I’d take a look at 7 other celebrities and their quotes about their bodies. These are women who say they have accepted their bodies and who won’t be made to feel bad for enjoying food and *whispers* eating carbs. If we could all have such healthy outlooks, I’m sure we’d all be a lot happier.

7 Female Celebrities with Positive Body Images:

  • Kate Winslet 1 of 7
    Kate Winslet attends the premiere of 'Labor Day' during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square in London

    In 2011, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet told German magazine Brigitte: 

    "I accept my body. I accept how I am and make the best of what I am given. Children orientate towards examples. That's why I talk solely positive about my body in front of my daughter. I say things like 'Hey, look at my strong arms!' Or I shake my butt and say 'Look at my fabulous butt!' I do that deliberately." 

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Jennifer Lawrence 2 of 7
    Jennifer Lawrence, The 86th Annual Academy Awards, Red Carpet Arrivals (set A) held at The Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

    In Nov 2013, on a promotional tour for Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence told the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer:

    "The world has this idea that if you don't look like an airbrushed perfect model. You have to see past it. You look how you look, you have to be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That's just dumb."

    She went on to say she would never starve herself for a part:

    "I keep waiting for that one role to come along that scares me enough into dieting, and it just can't happen. I'm invincible. I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner.' That's something that I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed."

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Chelsea Handler 3 of 7
    "Chelsea Lately" star Chelsea Handler is spotted leaving an office building in New York City

    Talk show host Chelsea Handler told Harper's BAZAAR: 

    "[Sometimes] I'm running and get passed by a 70-year-old woman with a better body. [But still,] I can't be skinny all the time. I like to drink and I like to eat. I like burgers and bagels." 

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Taylor Swift 4 of 7
    Taylor Swift during 2013 MTV video music awards at the Barclays center in New York City

    Taylor Swift honestly revealed to MSN

    "I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realization that everybody does that — even the people that I consider flawless — then you can start to live with the way you are. I've read interviews with some of the most beautiful women who have insecurities. And you look at them and you're like, 'How do you have? Name one thing wrong with yourself,' and they could name a handful."

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Kim Kardashian 5 of 7
    Kim Kardashian shows a bit of cleavage at the 'Mademoiselle C' premiere in Paris

    Kim Kardashian told Cosmopolitan magazine: 

    "I have cellulite. So what! I've never claimed to be perfect. It's crazy anyone should assume that just because you're in the spotlight, you're flawless. Sometimes I pig out and I still feel great, and think, 'That was so worth it!' That's how I feel a lot of the time. I think, 'See this little dimple of cellulite here? It was so worth it for that cookies 'n' cream ice cream!' If I was stuck on a diet my whole life, I would be really miserable. I love to eat. If you can't enjoy your life then what's the point? You can't torture yourself. I love Rice Krispies Treats, ice cream and frozen yogurt."

    She went on:

    "I never aspired to be a size zero. Although one time I tried on a dress with a size 8 label when I thought I was a size 4. It turned out it was a UK size 8, so actually it was my normal size. But it made me think, 'Why do I even care?' I couldn't care less if it said 14. It's just a number. Your best measure is to look in the mirror. I always say you shouldn't weigh yourself. I don't even have a set of scales in my house."

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Cameron Diaz 6 of 7
    Cameron Diaz filming scenes for her new movie 'The Other Woman' in New York City

    In her new book, The Body Book, Cameron Diaz states:

    "I did not like my body when I was a kid. I was all skin and bones, all arms and legs. I was really, really skinny, and the other kids let me have it because of that. I hated being skinny. Being made fun of feels terrible, no matter what the reason is, no matter who you are."

    And about aging?

    "I look at aging like this: Getting older is a blessing and a privilege, and if you lay the foundation for a healthy life in your younger years, your older years may very well be some of the best of your life. And the point I'm making is not about keeping up your youthful appearance. This is not about beauty and the aesthetics of our bodies. I want you to feel young. I want you to feel strong. I for one can say honestly that I feel better and stronger and more capable now than I did when I was 20 years old because I've taken better care of myself in the last 15 years than I did in the first 26 years of my life."

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Ellie Goulding 7 of 7
    ellie goulding

    British songstress Ellie Goulding told Stylist magazine :

    "I was quite an out-of-shape teenager. I wasn't brought up eating salads or anything healthy. It was cheap food, like fish fingers, chips, beans. I started meeting people in my late teens that made me think, ‘F***, I really need to be healthier and look after myself.' And then I started running and it's taken six years to build up my fitness from nothing."

    On being described by a journalist as being "too athletic" to wear the stage outfit she wore, Goulding replied:

    "People think if you're too skinny, you're anorexic. If you're overweight, you're fat and you're criticized for not eating well or whatever. And then if you're f***ing athletic, you get criticized too! Oh, sorry what? Do I have to be a supermodel? OK cool, let's all grow really tall and have perfect bodies."

    Photo credit: Twitter

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