SUPERMODEL, ACTRESS, BOMBSHELL, 22
Growing up, I didn’t buy the magazines that had models on the covers, because I didn’t know them. I grew up in Florida, riding horses, so for most of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me… It’s weird that in the press they’ll [say things] like, ‘Your biggest fight was with the industry and the designers,’ and I say, no, my biggest fight was with my agents, trying to get them to sign me into the castings. One agency told me, ‘You’re too American, and everyone knows American girls are lazy.’ I was so offended! I said, ‘You know that you’re in America right?’ It wasn’t ‘American models’ – it was ‘American girls are lazy’, period! I think many women would disagree with that. After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I’m not a toy, I’m a human being. I’m not here to be used. I’m a grown woman, and you need to figure your stuff out. I can see why the Catholic Church would be upset with me. [But] I definitely have limits. There’s a line between becoming, you know, a little cheap and cheesy versus being sexy; and I have to be very careful of that line. You know what, my butt doesn’t get that much attention. I love my body; it’s what God gave me. But I always find it to be more of a compliment when people call me happy rather than sexy. I am a happy person, and I hope that comes across.The funny thing is I dance all throughout the day. I just like to goof around and have a good time. It’s not like I’m a good dancer. It’s just me. It’s just what I do. The things that people are rejecting are things I can’t change. Negative comments come all the time, but they’ve numbed me
‘I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great’
out. I don’t even notice it any more. I enjoy Twitter. I have periods when I’m always tweeting, and then I’m dry for a while. Clients have caught on and they say, ‘Do not tweet anything on this set!’ And I go,‘Aaaaaaaggghh!’ I don’t actually plan my Instagram posts. If I’m putting up a photo about something funny or interesting in my life, I just post it – whether it’s with make-up or without it. I love the way make-up enhances things, but I am just as comfortable walking around without it. I do think wearing a bit of concealer or a little blush, even bronzer, can make you feel more confident when you’re posting something for the world to see. I usually go for something light that can bring out your natural beauty. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.
The Other Woman is definitely the biggest part I’ve ever had. I’m a huge fan of Cameron [Diaz] and Leslie [Mann], and to be able to hang out with them every day and to see how they work was such an amazing experience. I definitely had post-wrap depression. I always thought Marilyn Monroe was so beautiful and iconic. She portrayed herself in an irresistible and charming way, it was amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as her. But I feel like nowadays it’s easy to be genuine and show your personality, whereas I don’t think Marilyn had that opportunity. Clearly she had a dark side, and I don’t have that. I think an icon is someone who is inspiring and positive, with a strong sense of who they are and what they stand for. My icons are Kathy Ireland and Cameron Diaz. ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful,’ said Mae West. I actually don’t know when I came across that, but when I saw it, I said,‘That’s how I feel!’ There’s no such thing as too much,and if you do have too much, it can be awesome. It’s just me sharing my life, I like it if it’s authentic and in the moment and happening.