Links for Body Confidence and Self-Exams

July 10, 2008

Normally I don’t pay all that much attention to the world of celebrities, but yesterday I came across this site, and its now one of my favorites! Healthy Hollywood treats these celebrities like real people and shows how awesome some of them are with their fitness and nutrition regimes. I particularly love this entry about Jennifer Lopez in a bikini, mere months after giving birth to twins. That’s real confidence, considering the amount of cruel publicity that celebrities can get about how they look. Kudos to Jennifer Lopez for doing this!

When I first saw this next site, and saw that it was labeled 10 Stars over Size 2, I was kind of wary. After all, size 2?! They could only find 10 celebrities that are over a size 2? And what would they be, maybe a size 4? But then I took a proper look at this slideshow and I knew I had to show it to all of you because its so encouraging. I’ve always adored Scarlett Johansson but I think my favorite image in this slideshow is of Chandra Wilson (by the way, how awesome was she on Grey’s Anatomy?! Before the show started to go all lame and overly dramatic, that is). And check out what they say about Penelope Cruz: “Although we’re not entirely sure she isn’t bigger than a size two, at least she embraces her natural figure”. Love that.

And this link is an important one that probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves- I’ve got a history of cancer running in my family so my doctor recently told me that I should be doing regular breast self-exams. That’s all very well, but what exactly constitutes such a self-exam? Health.com supplies a good explanation of what to look out for, so check it out, regardless of whether you’ve got cancer running in the family. We might as well take care of ourselves now, before anything becomes problematic, than wait until its too late. Preventative measures are far better than needing to find a cure for something!


  1. Thanks so much for the links. It is really nice to be reminded that not all celebrities are sticks and that you can be beautiful at different sizes.

    My aunt sent me an email along the same vein…with celebrity candids without makeup. It really shows that they are just regular people and not necessarily super beautiful…they just have the right hair and makeup. Any of us could look like that with the right team of artists working on us. πŸ™‚

  2. I love chandra as well.

    and PRAY my other fave, america ferrara (loved her in the sisterhood movie. the first one), does get the hollywood TOO SKINNY affliction.


  3. I totally love “Hollywood” type sites. They just crack me up with all the crap they have about celebs. I can’t wait to check this one out =)

  4. Robin- the celebrities without make up must be really interesting! Kind of like the one video on the Dove website which shows how they transform the person to this airbrushed model and all.

    MizFit- America Ferrara is awesome… but I’ve never seen the Sisterhood movie (did read one of the books though and it was cute). Is it worth watching?

  5. I emailed you those pictures. πŸ™‚

  6. Sweet, now I’ve figured out how I’m gonna kill the afternoon at work! Thanks!

  7. I just happen to stumble upon this blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you πŸ™‚ for the links, I am definitely going to be a regular around here.

  8. Big Girl- hope you enjoy!

    Randi- excellent, am so glad I’m contributing to your workplace distractions:)

    Danielle- thanks so much for stopping by! Hope we’ll be seeing you again:)

  9. A few months ago, I joked to a friend that I’d never look like Cindy Crawford in a bikini, and then I saw a recent picture of Cindy Crawford in a bikini. We look a lot alike now. Of course, her sagginess is due to giving birth multiple times, but still. Seeing that photo reinforced the idea that it’s not the weight; it’s the attitude, a lesson I keep having to learn over and over.

  10. Great links…somebody close to me has breast cancer so the issue is in the spotlight.

  11. Oh, thanks for the fun new links to view. πŸ™‚

    We (general public) are so fascinated with celebrities (Yes, I read the occasional Hollywood “trash magazine” now and then), so better to view them as real people, as opposed to the painted, sprayed, colored, tucked, pinned, and sucked in variety. And also of a healthy body weight vs. the focus on protruding bones and 19″ waists!

  12. Great links, Sagan! It’s nice to see the celebrities as ‘real’ once in awhile.

  13. Thanks for the links! I agree with Robin, if I had a team of makeup and hair artists, plus a personal trainer, I would look fabulous too. It’s pretty much their “job” to look good.

  14. Cammy- thanks for sharing. Thats too cool that you and Cindy Crawford look alike! And I love how your attitude towards it has changed.

    Mark- sorry to hear about that. Its really awful how many people suffer from cancer.

    Susan & Bag Lady- agreed! I love it when we’re able to see them for what they are on a day-to-day basis.

    Missicat- yeah, and its a pretty sweet job too. I wouldn’t mind if my job was to look hot!

  15. Thanks so much for the Healthy Hollywood mention!!! I’m so happy you like it and that people are finding it refreshing compared to the usual celeb rags. πŸ™‚ It’s very encouraging!

  16. Cynthia- my pleasure! You’ve got a really great website. Its so good to see the positive side of Hollywood. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment:)

  17. it’s funny i saw that and thought the same thing (re: 10 stars above size 2)…

  18. You always have the best links. Thanks!

  19. Loved the links! Thanks for the positive motivation today:) I’ve just spent 30 minutes reading through the healthy hollywood one! You are so right – just fascinating. And encouraging!

  20. Great links, Sagan!

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