‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Actress Stephanie Beatriz: “I used disordered eating to try to keep myself small”

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On her disordered eating:

I have an eating disorder. But like a lot of us, mine is a bit hard to define. I don’t purge, so I’m not a bulimic. I do eat, so I’m not anorexic. I’m what I like to call “a disordered eater.”

Disordered eating is an umbrella label because eating disorders can be hard to categorize—hell, they can be hard to recognize. Maybe you think restrictive eating just “works” for you because it fits within your budget or it keeps you at a certain size—I did.

I used disordered eating to try to keep myself small. I used my job as an actor under constant scrutiny as an excuse, a reason to hurt myself with food. I often used food to self-medicate, if you will, with a cycle of bingeing and restricting. I used the size of my ass and flatness of my stomach as the answer to everything that was wrong with my life and why I couldn’t seem to feel really, truly happy.

Food was both the remedy and the punishment. I thought by controlling what I ate I was controlling my fate, when it was ultimately controlling me.

Disordered eater, I know you. The only way you feel you can keep a grip on your life is to make sure you have three diet cokes before four, one chocolate chip cookie, and a small salad. You only eat certain foods that you’ve deemed “healthy,” and the list of what is okay shrinks every time you read a new book or article on the subject. You eat whatever you want and then spend hours at the gym as a way to counteract it. You eat three meals and two snacks but would rather die than put anything in your mouth that isn’t organic. Maybe today you had green juices and a vegan burrito so now you “deserve” a large pizza and chicken bites. But, f—, that means you screwed up so tomorrow it’s only juice all day long.

Does any of that sound familiar? It does to me. It sounds like the voice that speaks to me over and over in my head. The voice that sounds JUST LIKE ME but DAMN she is mean as hell. She tells me I don’t belong, that I’m not thin enough, that everyone can see how bloated I look after that last meal… And even if I lose the weight, she’s not satisfied…

I’ve started to figure out that this voice, so focused on weight and body image, is actually desperate to express her creativity, her fears, her desires, and her dreams. But she simply doesn’t have the language. It’s become the biggest job of my life to teach her how to start dreaming and thinking bigger than her body size. I’m encouraging her to worry and feel, to delve into the deepest parts of herself…

You want in on this? Take some time and talk to your own little voice. What do you think she’s trying to say when she talks about food or your body? What’s underneath all her control and fear? I bet it’s your best self, just waiting to come out. Bring her to tea; ask her what’s up. It might be damn hard to hear her real thoughts under all that nonsense, but I promise you, it’s easier that letting her, and your disordered eating, run your life.

… says the 36 year-old ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ actress.

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Dove’s New Bottles Were Designed after Different Body Shapes

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Dove recently launched their new collection of body washes based on different body shapes, with the aim of sending the message that every shape is beautiful.

The official statement from Dove:

Every woman’s version of beauty is different and, if you ask us, these differences are there to be celebrated. That’s what real beauty is all about – the unique things that set us apart from each other and make us one of a kind. We’ve championed this version of beauty for the past 60 years, and celebrated diverse women in our groundbreaking real beauty campaigns. But we wanted to bring this to life through our products, too. That’s why we’ve created a limited edition range of Dove Body Washes, designed to show how beauty is diverse and diversity is beautiful.

What do you think of this concept?

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Mayim Bialik: “There are some women who love to show off their cellulite and stretch marks”

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On how comfortable she is with her imperfections:

I’m very human about that. There was just a woman who showed her reverse transformation, going from a size 6 to a size 16 and how empowered she feels. Honestly, that’s totally great for those women. I don’t have those feelings about the “imperfections” of my body at all. I understand there are some women who love to show off their cellulite and stretch marks; I don’t feel empowered by that. I think that’s going to vary, and I think both things need to be OK. I don’t feel shamed. I grew up with a very different standard of beauty and attractiveness, as did many women my age. It takes a lot of adjusting for some of us to get used to this notion that all of a sudden things women were teased for and hated for I’m now supposed to flaunt. It’s just not how my brain’s going to work, but I think both things can be OK.

… says the 41 year-old Big Bang Theory actress.

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Baywatch’s Donna D’Errico (49) Had 4 Plastic Surgeries in a Day

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49 year-old Baywatch beauty Donna D’Errico recently went through a plastic surgery transformation and had 4 procedures in one day. The full story from Daily Mail:

“I feel really uncomfortable with the loose skin that hangs,” D’Errico said, adding: “I can almost tuck my skin [from my stomach] into my pants like a shirt and it’s not a good feeling.”

A few weeks ago, she turned to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng for four cosmetic procedures that she had over the course of just one day.

“My end goal is to be in my swimsuit and be out on the beach,” she said.

Inside Edition was there on the day of the surgery. D’Errico was extremely nervous.

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“I am panicking,” she said. “What if my heart stops?”

But despite her anxiety, she underwent the procedures: Liposuction on her stomach, arms and back; a tummy tuck, a butt enhancement and arm lifts.

Dr. Obeng was able to remove about two liters of fat during the liposuction, which he reinjected to round out her backside.

During the tummy tuck, he removed several inches of loose skin and tightened her skin around her ab muscles.

Read: Former Baywatch Star: I’ll Never Wear a Swimsuit on TV Again After Finding God

After four and a half hours, the surgeries were completed, and she was wrapped in tight bandages to reduce swelling.

Nine weeks later, the results are incredible.

During a beach photo shoot where she rocked a red bathing suit, D’Errico told Inside Edition that “it feels like a trip back in time.”

The total price tag of the procedure is just as astounding as her before-and-after photos: $55,000.

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Rashida Jones: “Beauty is so emotional for me — I eat my feelings”

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On her ‘awkward’ adolescence:

“Between 12 and 15, I was emotional, chubby and awkward. It was puberty and I was a work in progress. Thankfully I got to do that privately. It sucks now that kids have to decide how to represent themselves publicly at such a young age.”

On “Hollywood” beauty:

”I don’t like the idea that there is so much pressure on women to look a certain way in Hollywood. There are times when I feel myself buckling under that pressure. Beauty is so emotional for me — I eat my feelings.”

On her mom’s beauty approach:

”She has always been holistic about beauty — she puts on sunblock, drinks a ton of water, takes care of herself, meditates. I’m less strict, but I do meditate, eat well, work out. And I love being in nature with no mirrors — just trees and a good sweat.”

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