Brooke Shields on Staying Healthy in HollywoodFor the October 2008 issue, Brooke Shields opened up to Shape Magazine about staying happy and healthy amid the glare of the Hollywood spotlight. Brooke, 43, has been in front of the camera since she was just a baby and is definitely a pro at handling whatever comes her way. Check out what the star of Lipstick Jungle had to say:
On Comparing Your Body to Celebrities: “If you compare yourself to someone else, no matter how much you admire them, you just can't win because you’ll never be them. Feeling fit is my best motivator. I can only look at myself and remember that feeling and why I liked it.”
On Maintaining a Work/Life Balance: “When I was offered the part, I asked Chris (her husband) if I should take myself out of the running because it meant he would have to travel between Los Angeles and New York so much. He said, 'You're so much more fun when you're working, and you’re happier and nicer!'"
On Being Brave and Beautiful:"I guess I was a late bloomer. But that’s when I could finally say, 'Maybe I am pretty.' I catch myself calling them (her daughters) 'pretty girls' or ‘beautiful babies,' Then I remind myself to say, 'You're smart, strong, brave-and beautiful!'"
On Self Confidence: "I think all women struggle with self-confidence, and it usually starts when you're young. It's so easy to put yourself down and pick yourself apart. I was always so tall and never a skinny girl. Back then my survival mechanism when I wasn’t working was to spend time alone, read a lot, and study.”
In her spare time, Brooke Shields speaks for Chain of Confidence and its sister initiative SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Girls, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “SMART Girls is for 8- to 17-year-olds and focuses on health, fitness, education, and self-esteem. They're learning to be confident young women, which is what I needed at that age," said Brooke.