Christina Hendricks: “Thank you for letting me be me”

Christina Hendricks: "Thank you for letting me be me" 1

Christina Hendricks is in Health Magazine this month, where she talks about food, gaining weight and celebrating and maintaining her curves. Here are some interesting parts from the interview:

Q: Many women have said they consider your body one they admire or want the most. What do you think of all that body love?
A: Really? They don’t say Jessica Alba? ‘Cause that’s what I say! [Laughs.] It’s such a compliment, because of all those times I had agents who were like, “You have to lose some weight,” and all of a sudden, people are celebrating it. It’s like: “Oh, thank you! Thank you for letting me be me.”

Q: What is your best advice for reaching total body confidence? Do you have it?
A: I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, “I feel fat.” Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like, Oh, I look like a woman. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, ’cause I loved it. [Laughs.]

Q: Mad Men is all about having vices. Do you have any?
A: I like salty, creamy foods. I could sit down with a bag of chips and French onion dip and go to town! That would be on my last-supper list. But I discovered that dry French onion soup mix in nonfat yogurt tastes just as good. It really does!

Read the rest after the jump!


Q: Do you have any health regrets?
A: My parents didn’t exercise, so it was not something I saw was good for you or fun. I wish I had grown up knowing to do that. And my mother-she’ll admit it-hated vegetables, so when we had them, they were always canned or cooked within an inch of their lives.

Q: So what’s your gym routine?
A: I get kind of bored on the treadmill, but I do it. And I do a little bit of weight training. I’m really into the BOSU ball. You have to balance on it, and I do weights and squats on it. I’m pretty good at it, I feel sort of like a Karate Kid.

Q: Any tricks for making workouts fun?
A: I read magazines, and I’ll try [the exercises]. It’s something different, and, often, you don’t need equipment. If I get any private time in my trailer, all of a sudden I’m doing sit-ups and push-ups.

Read the entire interview HERE!


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38 thoughts on “Christina Hendricks: “Thank you for letting me be me””

    • just want to add, if she does gain weight IT WILL GO TO THE RIGHT PLACES. I think that is the most important part here. it goes to her chest, upper thighs, bum. places that are okay to add to.

      if more of it went to arms, midsection… she wouldn’t be a tv star. at all.

      • No, it doesn’t.
        I’m not being mean here in saying this.
        I just am saying that people should look at her when she turns to the side. She just has a back with a hole in it. Her butt is completely flat.
        I’m not saying it’s bad thing, but she is never going to have a butt. It’s not her body type.

        • i agree.i think shes more of a v shape, because when she does silm down her lower body disappears but her upper body stays overall the same size.

          • She may have a flat booty but no way is she a V shape!

            She has a small waist, round hips, and though her booty doesn’t have much it is still rounded in shape (due to her hips).

  1. Does anyone else notice how stupid the cover of that magazine is?
    I don’t think we have that magazine where I live, but I hate how all these types of magazines for health don’t seem to promote healthy ideas but rather only weight loss ideas.
    Instead of “fast food that won’t make you fat” why not “healthy fast food”, “lose 6 lbs in 7 days” .. that’s stupid. “Bye bye belly bulge” and “natural fix for cellulite” are too.

    • Haha so true! They should all it “vanity” magazine or something instead seeing as it seems to be all about looks lol.

    • Sad thing is, almost all magazines are like that now. I still have old mags frrom the 90s and only one or two have articles like that. And they weren’t as … I don’t know what the word would be… pushy? Urgent? It was like, oh, well, if you want to try this, you can.

      They’ve all become like Cosmo, putting out the same old thing each month, labeling it as brand new information.

    • “but I hate how all these types of magazines for health don’t seem to promote healthy ideas but rather only weight loss ideas.”

      Well seeing as how the general public is facing an epidemic of obesity, and the majority of Americans are overweight (in a non-natural, non-healthy way), I’d say the magazine got it right. It’s one of our biggest health problems. First step for most overweight and obese people is to drop some weight. Then comes the working out and eating healthy.

      You’d be surprised how many people lose weight and become healthy not so much for the health benefits, but for apperance. Appearance is a much larger motivator because it has a more immediete effect. Not many people in their 20’s and 30’s care what it’s going to be like when they’re in their 60’s or 70’s, when the overweight and unhealthy lifestyle consequences start hitting hard. Either way, even if it’s for apperance…it motivates people to be healthy, so it’s all good.

  2. Yes exatly, Lisa, Christina Hendricks is not like us mere mortals, she has a divine face, flawless ivory skin, and a genuine hourglass figure, which is like the rarest body shape of all. So basicly even though she is fat (they made her look thinner on this cover) she still looks good, and I dont like her message really, because most women look a hell of a lot better when they have less fat on them than her. And this is not even mentioning the health issues. I have a friend this big, she has always been this big, she has massive breasts and a good WHR too, she tried for a baby for a long time but couldnt have one, the dotors told her she needs to lose weight in order to be fertile as she has cysts on her ovaries, caused by being this size. At the end of the day, this can be sugar coated or denied to the nth degree but the woman, gorgeous though she may be, is fat.

    • Do you mean polycystic ovary syndrome? Because Victoria Beckham is rumoured to suffer with this so can’t imagine it being related to being ‘fat’!

      • Okay before we criticize Snoops here, there is AMPLE scientific evidence out there that obesity is associated with PCOS. Of course there are thin women who suffer from PCOS, but they are the exception not the rule. Obesity is associated with many diseases the thin individuals can get (hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease), BUT these conditions are more common among obese individuals!

        However, i also want to point out that Christina Hendricks is NOT FAT. I bet her BMI is within the range of normal, plus, she clearly does not gain weight in her stomache which means she has less adipose tissue which means that even if her BMI was slightly elevated she would most likely be considered healthy at her size.

        • you are right about this yes, even if we have different definition of fat, I notice how small her waist is and am sure she is the kind of person who can easier maintain health at a higher weight.

        • As my professors used to vehemently say: correlation DOES NOT EQUAL causation.

          Just because obesity is correlated with PCOS, does not mean it is the cause of it. A third effect could be causing both obesity and PCOS. For example, hormone imbalances could cause people to put on weight easily and have cysts on their ovaries.

          And even correlation sometimes gets taken out of context. Most of the time, scientifically signifcant findings only have correlations of about .40, meaning, 40% of the variation in PCOS, can be explained by weight factors.

          • couldn’t agree with you more, I teach stats so I know that better than anyone (in fact, i used the word association in my post – which in scientific jargon is NOT analogous to causation), but at the same time there is an irrefutable link between obesity and PCOS. So for whatever reason you are much more likely to find that women that are obese and have PCOS than women who are thin and have PCOS.
            and FYI, if you have a large enough sample size even a correlation as small as .10 can be significant – effect size is a much more critical statistic in most medical studies (as they tend to have relatively large sample size >100).

          • Excellent comment: correlation does not mean equal causation.

            I had PCOS in my early twenties and it was related to hormonal imbalances, not obesity.

      • its related to hormonal imbalance normally caused by being overweight actually, google it, weight loss is the ususal first course of action for treatment. However doesnt surprise me miss beckham would have hormone issues but its just a rumor anyway we dont know she has it.

        • you shouldn’t comment on a condition you know nothing about

          I have PCOS and I know all about it
          doctors do not know what the cause is. if you aren’t educated on the subject, keep quiet

          • some of u folks need to calm down I didnt start talking about PCOS on a whole all i said was that MY friend has been told by HER doctors to lose weight if she wants to concieve, so YES weight is the factor that is causing HER problem, i didnt start going on about anyone elses ovaries and quite frankly i dont care on the condition of your ovaries, it aint my business. This whole thing is getting off topic – fat = unhealthy and shouldnt be promoted any more than starving yourself. So take a chill pill coz ur getting riled up, maybe its all those hormones….lol

    • You missed my point? Or maybe I’m missing yours. What I meant was that sometimes a gorgeous face trumps a gorgeous body. You know, butterbodybutterface thing. She’d be “allowed” to be fat because she’d still be beautiful. That’s why she’s able to have the attitude that she does.

      • Thats what i said – because of her face it doesnt matter if she is fat or thin she still looks attractive, if she were thin i think she’d look like jessica rabbit lol, with the red hair and curves.

  3. all this “real woman” bulls**t has to stop. body types have nothing to do with how “real” you are, whatever that even means anyway.

  4. I like her honesty. I also grew up in a family where exercize wasn’t encouraged much, and we didn’t eat fresh veggies or salads.

    Weight was never really an issue for me, so even in my teens I never felt motivated to eat healthy or work-out…it was always high fat, fast food, junk food, pizza, soda, chips, Twinkies because I could eat all of that and still be thin.

    However, ever since my uncle died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 45, I changed my mind. I go for walks now, and work out a little. 30 minutes a day, as they say. And I try to eat either a fruit or a veggie with every meal, and have cut out junk food except once in a while. Basically, a balanced meal, which I think is the healthiest. Eating junk food is not healthy, but neither is the other extreme…cutting out all carbs or all sugars from your diet. I think that’s silly and unnecessary…there’s no need to obsess like that.

  5. Ok her weight does distribute evenly and she’s got those great b❆❆bs (which some consider too much though) and a pretty, slim face, but she isn’t skinny. To me she looks absolutely gorgeous, and i’d love her body even if it wouldn’t be my first choice out of all celebs, but it still isn’t a given she’d be accepted in Hollywood at her size. So i get her point. And i like her attitude, trying to stay healthy and exercise but still indulge every now and then (though i know that isn’t impossible when you’re skinny either, esp if you have that type of body)

  6. She seems really down to earth, but I don’t know why weight gain is always associated with looking like a woman. Unless you’re severely anorexic, most women still do look like women, even if they are thin.

  7. This woman makes me go crazy… she’s awesome… Stunning, really. She is the kind of woman I’d totally go for… Gorgeous.

  8. I think she’s got a very unique look.I like a slightly more toned look, but Christina looks way better than a lot of celebs that get too thin and frail. Curves are good as long as the stomach, arms and legs aren’t too soft and flabby

  9. Her body type isn’t my cup of tea, but I do love women who have a unique look and embrace it. I’d rather see Christina on the cover of a magazine than another airbrushed, pin-thin clone!

  10. I LOVE that she isn’t a too-toned. She looks great. In fact, soft becomes her (soft should be considered a good word). Go Christina! You make me proud of my curves and there aren’t a lot of women praised for such ample proportions as you. 🙂

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