Cynthia Nixon: “In SATC we had to be thin and look great all the time”

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Comparing Sex and the City with Girls:

 ‘I think Girls is really important. When sex was bad on Sex and the City it was funny. And the worse it was, the funnier it was. But when sex is bad on Girls, it can be really hard to watch, and it’s sometimes abusive, and it’s important to show that.’

On body image in the two shows:

‘Plus, in SATC we had to be thin and look great all the time; in Girls, they have permission to be more real and less airbrushed. I’d always worked happily without focusing much on the way I looked, so it was like a whole undiscovered country.’

… says 50 ear-old Cynthia in The Edit this month.

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Sara Sampaio Offers a Bikini Treat

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Bikini Treat: Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio!

The brunette beauty seems to tick all the boxes in terms of VS requirements (thin, low body fat percentage) ahead of the brand’s yearly catwalk show.

Here’s a recycled quote from Sara regarding her career ambitions:

“I’ve always had very high aims for my life and for my career, for anything that I do. If I do something, I want to be the best. And one of the best things you can be is a Victoria’s Secret Angel; for me, that’s always been a goal.”

… says the 25 year-old model.

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Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland: “We’re athletes. We have the same muscles”

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34 year-old ballerina Misty Copeland is featured in Self Magazine this month, where she talks about the strength of her incredible body, how she was pressured to lose weight and looking different than the majority – from Self:

On developing curves at 19 and how it affected her career:

“I didn’t go through puberty until I was 19, and I was already a professional. So everyone’s expecting your body, as your instrument, to look a certain way.” Copeland speaks candidly about being asked to drop pounds by ABT (she says they used the word lengthen). Rather than comply, she binged defiantly on Krispy Kreme doughnuts, ordering two dozen at a time. “Being told to lose weight, and being African-American, not having anyone else around who looked like me, caused me so much doubt.”

On changing her diet to something healthier:

“There was such a difference in my energy level,” she says. The changes didn’t cause Copeland to “lengthen,” per se, but they did help her dance so well that ABT stopped asking her to. “You can’t change your body to become something it isn’t. [These days] I eat what I enjoy, just not too much of it.”

On the fact that ballerinas are athletes:

“I’m not trying to change classical ballet. I love everything about it. But we have to show that we’re athletes. We’re putting in the same amount of work; we have the same muscles.”

On not looking like your typical ballerina:

“I want to show the ballet world that it’s possible to do these things and not be rail-thin or have pale skin and blonde hair.”

On the fact that she’s obsessed with ballet, even on vacation:

“Even on vacation I’m doing ballet class every day. If I can’t find a gym, I’m in my room holding the back of a chair like a barre. I was in Guadeloupe last December, and my poor husband had to drive me 45 minutes every morning to a gym that had a ballet school attached!”

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