Eva Mendes on Why She'd Rather Be Sexy Than Beautiful
She's the envy of many ladies thanks to her blossoming romance with Ryan Gosling, and Eva Mendes brings her hotness to the cover of the March 2012 issue of Zest magazine.
The soon-to-be 38-year-old actress posed for a sporty shoot while speaking with the publication about bod confidence issues and being comfortable in her own skin.
Highlights from Eva's interview are as follows. For more, try visiting the Zest magazine website.
On why she'd rather be sexy than beautiful:
"I prefer the term sexy to beautiful. Because anyone can be sexy. What makes someone really sexy – and you can feel it when they talk to you or even just when they walk into a room – is the sense that they know they have something to contribute. They might be funny, smart or really kind, but they know it and when someone has that strong sense of self-worth, it’s really sexy."
On ending a nine-year relationship in her late 30s:
"We’re still so young! Whatever age you’re at, do you want to look back in 10 years’ time and say, 'Oh I was so young and dumb,' and see the opportunities that passed you by? Flash-forwarding to the future really works for me – even if it’s just my tomorrow self telling my today self to get off the couch and do some exercise."
On dealing with body-confidence issues:
"I went through my teenage years unhappy with what I was born with and complained about everything. But my older sisters and my amazing mum helped me realise I had to change my attitude towards myself. You have to learn to accept the things you can’t change and be brave enough to change the things you can. That was like an epiphany for me – I suddenly realised I had a lot of power over myself."
On being comfortable in her own skin:
"I have this rule that when I look in the mirror, I won’t say something about myself I’d never say to a friend. Never point out your flaws to anyone, ever, including yourself. Accepting compliments is really important, too– even if you don’t agree with them. I’ve never understood why so many women struggle to accept compliments."
With her new movie "Girl In Progress" set to debut this April, Eva Mendes is easing back into the spotlight with another magazine cover for March 2012.
Showing off her undeniable good looks for the front page of Marie Claire, a Dolce & Gabbana-clad Eva chats about her beauty secrets as well as landing one of Hollywood's most desired men.
On working with Ryan Gosling:
“He’s your dream costar. I have never felt so creatively satisfied on a film.”
On body image:
“It doesn’t matter what you have or what you look like. It’s something everyone has to work at. I realize I have contributed to a certain happy, healthy, empowered image, but that’s not all of me. I feel it’s important to let women know that I have similar struggles. What I tell girls is what they don’t like about themselves now, they will probably end up loving as an adult, because that’s what happened to me. When I am complimented on things that I didn’t like when I was 13, like my overbite and my mole, that’s when you realize that your imperfections are why people love you.”
On her idols, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening:
“I have a girl crush on them. I’d kill to have half the careers they’ve had after 40.”
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