Claire Danes: “It’s OK to want to look and feel your best. It’s OK to work at being attractive”

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On beauty and body image:

‘It’s just so ingrained in us, the idea that we should take up the right amount of space, literally and figuratively. I’ve wrestled with this my whole life, as just a person in the world and as somebody who make images. Being comfortable with how she looks while also striving to look her best had been part of the issue. It’s OK to want to look and feel your best. It’s OK to work at being attractive, whatever that means to you. And it’s also OK to not expect to be defined by that. It’s OK to be powerful in every way: to be big, to take up space. To breathe and to thrive.’

On vanity and insecurities:

‘I’m very vain about my performance. I want to give as honest a performance as I can. But I’m not so worried about being regarded as beautiful when I’m playing a character. I have plenty of vanity in my life. I want to look pretty in the world. But I can be this bottomless pit. I now some of the most beautiful women on the planet-unequivocally, objectively friggin’ gorgeous- and they are rife with insecurity and self doubt, and you just think, ”Well how can that be?” I’m attractive enough. I can do the work I want to do. I’ve found a wonderful man who wants to make out with me. I’m good.’

… says 36 year-old Claire.

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17 thoughts on “Claire Danes: “It’s OK to want to look and feel your best. It’s OK to work at being attractive””

  1. I’ve always found her beautiful and unique. She was stunning in Stardust, and man that waist is perfect.

    She’s always so poised and comes across as very intelligent and mentally present. I really like Clare and her thoughts here 🙂

  2. I like her a lot… And I agree with her… It’s OK to work in being attractive as long as you have other things going for you as well and understand that it’s nice to be pretty but it isn’t the end all be all… And just being pretty doesn’t build confidence

  3. I agree with what she stated. It seems that there are a lot of people today who want to bash anyone for taking care of themselves as being vain or self centered. This may be true from some people given the obsession with selfies, Instagram, snap chat, etc. However, I also chalk some of this up to lazy people who would just like to have others join in their sloth so that they won’t feel bad about themselves. There has to be a middle ground somewhere……….

  4. Am I the only one who disagrees? I think she’s on the right track but she’s missing the bottom line. When women care about their looks, they’re called vain. When they don’t, they’re ignored. She seems to be ignoring how different things are for women.

    “Some of the most beautiful women on the planet-unequivocally, objectively friggin’ gorgeous- and they are rife with insecurity and self doubt”

    Well, duh, it’s because of how much society cares about women’s looks. They value their looks, which means once they start to fade, they will lose self esteem. You don’t see this level of insecurity in men. If by caring about your looks, she meant looking clean and somewhat put together, that would be better but this still involves a lot more effort for women. You also don’t have to care about being “attractive” if you just want to look put together. We’re playing a losing game ultimately and valuing looks isn’t going to help.

    “It’s OK to work at being attractive, whatever that means to you”

    Thing is, that’s shaped by society whether anyone realizes or not. Being attractive includes others’ perceptions by definition.

  5. She looks so gorgeous in that red dress! One of my favorite things about her though, is that she isnt afraid to look “ugly” or crazy when she is acting. She just lets loose and it is so refreshing.

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