Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder Praise be to the gorgeous Julia Roberts and her perfectly beautiful but not crazy skinny bikini body! Man, I get so darn sick and tired of NOT seeing normal, unsucked, untucked female bodies (and faces) in the Hollywood set. I swear, I start to get delusional and forget what normal bodies even look like, which is, I'm sure, part of the evil master plan started by Beverly Hills plastic surgeons.
Sure, I can look in the mirror for all the normal I could ever want. However, looking at one's own self does not always offer the same positive effects as seeing other women whose bodies are not starved or overly sculpted or creepy toned -- and yet are still considered among some of the most beautiful in the world. Women used to be allowed to reveal their "softer" side. I love when I'm reminded that we still can.
Julia Roberts obviously takes great care of herself. She's not flabby or overweight by any degree. So why does this photo stand out so much, alongside those of other female Hollywoodites? Well, it's also clear she hasn't set out on the dangerous path of erasing, either by extreme dieting or going under the knife, the body's natural evolution.
I mean, when you stand sideways naked and look into the mirror (go ahead! you're beautiful!), if you don't have an ounce of cellulite on your hips or thighs and your stomach is still as flat and unstretchmarked as it was in high school and the words "damn gravity!" don't come to mind, thank your lucky stars a million times over -- because most women, especially past 30 and 40, are simply not built that way. Even among the fittest women.
The body changes. It changes when we hit puberty to prepare to attract a mate and get pregnant, if we choose it. It changes again when we get pregnant to prepare for childbirth and post-pregnancy -- baby needs something to latch and hold onto! And it also changes as we get older to prepare to hold up our aging, weakening bones. There is a biological reason that we need a little extra weight as we get older, you know?
Julia Roberts once told Elle magazine:
It's unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don't even give themselves a chance to see what they'll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I'll look like before I start cleaning the slates.
Thanks, Julia! I know you weren't walking around in a bikini to make us all remember that our bodies' actuality is our bodies' perfection, but it's working for us anyway!
Do you prefer to see female bodies au naturel?
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