Gabrielle Union: ‘There’s no one way to be beautiful’

Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and i…

Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.

Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and in a new interview with Shape magazine, Gabrielle said she’s been working hard to set a good example to Zaya.

“I love that in our household there are so many different ways of expressing ourselves,” the 47-year-old explained. “And watching Zaya clock all of it. Right? That there’s no one way to be a woman. There’s no one way to be a Black woman. There’s no one way to be beautiful. There’s no one way to dress or to love your body.”

And Gabrielle is also learning from Zaya, and recalled an incident in which she tried to teach her stepdaughter how to shave her armpits.

“Zaya was like, ‘But Amandla Stenberg doesn’t shave her armpits. And I was like, ‘No, she does not!’” she laughed, referencing the non-binary American actress, and said she was forced to examine her own beliefs about gender.

“You are a woman because you are. Because that is your identity,” Gabrielle added.

Zaya was behind the lens of her Samsung smartphone as she photographed her stepmother for the Shape cover shoot, and the L.A.’s Finest star was curious to see how the teenager saw her.

“I’m just interested to see myself through Zaya’s eyes,” she explained. “I think that’s really actually… really interesting. Because I trust her. And she has a story to tell.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow keeping fit during lockdown with online classes

Gwyneth Paltrow is taking online fitness classes to help her keep in shape during the coronavirus lockdown. The Iron Man actress has always been dedicated to wellness and keeping fit, so she made sure she didn’t let her commitment to exercise slip dur…

Gwyneth Paltrow is taking online fitness classes to help her keep in shape during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Iron Man actress has always been dedicated to wellness and keeping fit, so she made sure she didn’t let her commitment to exercise slip during the self-isolation period.

“I try to do exercises every day for my back and neck because of all the Zoom calls I’m on,” she told Shape magazine, before sharing that she goes for strolls with husband Brad Falchuk too: “My husband, Brad, and I take a walk at least three or four times a week.”

Paltrow has also been participating in her longtime trainer Tracy Anderson’s virtual workout classes, as well as a range of other fitness sessions.

“I’ve been doing a lot of online classes: Tracy Anderson, the Class by Taryn Toomey, Bulldog Yoga, CorePower Yoga,” the star shared.

Elsewhere in the chat, Paltrow discussed how she has grown to appreciate the downtime, as she feels calmer and is able to spend more quality time with her family.

“Now I feel different, letting my body go to sleep and wake up in its natural rhythm, having my kids around all the time, eating meals together, and having meaningful conversations,” the mother-of-two said. “We linger at the table; our dinners are an hour and a half long. My heart feels fuller, and my mind feels calmer in that respect.

“I had not realised how much the normal pace of life was overburdening our bodies, our minds, and our nervous systems. As we have been forced into the confines of our own homes, that has brought up a lot of emotional distress for some, and for others, it has been very peaceful. In my case, I have experienced both.”

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Michelle Monaghan vigilant about sun protection after skin cancer diagnosis

Michelle Monaghan has been vigilant about protecting herself from the sun ever since she was diagnosed with skin cancer in her 30s.The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress discovered a suspicious mole on her leg when she was in her thirties and after …

Michelle Monaghan has been vigilant about protecting herself from the sun ever since she was diagnosed with skin cancer in her 30s.

The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress discovered a suspicious mole on her leg when she was in her thirties and after it was removed, experts discovered it was a melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer.

As a skin cancer survivor, the 44-year-old is much more committed to using products with a high SPF.

“I grew up on a farm in the middle of the country and I didn’t wear a lot of sunscreen – I just ran wild and had a lot of fun,” Michelle explained to Shape magazine. “Now, every morning, I shower, apply deodorant, brush my teeth, and then put on sunscreen no matter what.”

Michelle is a big fan of a tinted moisturiser with added sunscreen to “eliminate steps” in her daily routine, and avoids wearing foundation, instead just sticking to a simple sweep of concealer under her eyes.

The True Detective actress also wears a bandana around her neck for extra coverage while she’s out and about, and ensures she and husband Peter, along with their two children, wear a high factor sunscreen daily.

“No one has any excuse not to apply it before we head out (although I am a nagger about it),” she laughed. “I also wear a bandana around my neck so that it and my chest are covered – I think it’s quite chic.”

And she is urging others to be vigilant and keep an eye on their moles for any change in shape, colour, and size.

“There’s minimal scarring if you just biopsy a mole. But I can tell you from my experience that, should you wait too long, you will have a much more substantial scar. And that, unfortunately, will be the least of your worries,” she firmly stated.

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Tess Holliday: ‘People can’t look past my size’

Tess Holliday struggles to be heard when she’s discussing gaining or losing weight because people “can’t see past” her size.The model was frustrated when she began hearing other social media influencers complain about putting on weight during the coron…

Tess Holliday struggles to be heard when she’s discussing gaining or losing weight because people “can’t see past” her size.

The model was frustrated when she began hearing other social media influencers complain about putting on weight during the coronavirus lockdown, and took to Instagram to vent her concerns in a video back in March.

However, Tess has now admitted she didn’t feel like she was being taken seriously when discussing diets and healthy eating habits because of her size.

“The first week we were in quarantine, I posted a funny video being like, ‘I’m so tired of hearing people complain about the weight that they might gain. Who cares? We’re in an actual pandemic.’ And that’s still how I feel,” she told Self magazine. “I’m in an interesting position because I know that I am fat, I know that I am larger than what people consider acceptably plus-size, so when people see someone that looks like me – that is my size – talking about loving yourself and it being fatphobic, people can’t look past my size.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old, real name Ryann Maegen Hoven, opened up about taking care of her mental health while in self-isolation at her home in Los Angeles with her three-year-old son Bowie.

“I try to create a checklist each day of things that I need to do. Some of that is work, some of it is personal goals,” Tess explained. “I’ve been journaling. I have been spending time with my little one outside… I’m also taking time for myself before I go to bed.”

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Anna Kendrick has ditched strict vegan diet

Anna Kendrick no longer abides by a strict vegan diet.In a cover interview for the June 2020 issue of U.S. Shape magazine, the Pitch Perfect actress opened up about her health, lifestyle, and wellbeing. But during the chat, Anna confessed that she no l…

Anna Kendrick no longer abides by a strict vegan diet.

In a cover interview for the June 2020 issue of U.S. Shape magazine, the Pitch Perfect actress opened up about her health, lifestyle, and wellbeing.

But during the chat, Anna confessed that she no longer abides by a vegan diet and now once again eats animal products.

“I was vegan for a year, or maybe even two, and it was the best I’ve ever felt. Then I just fell off the wagon super hard,” she said. “I was like, ‘Well, maybe I can just do vegan most days.’ But no. It was the classic slippery-slope situation for Anna.”

Anna went on to name macaroni and cheese as her favourite meal and insisted she treats herself with lots of sweets. Yet, a brief obsession with baking once led her to making far too many brownies.

“There was a period when I baked a lot. Any recipe that was advanced, I would spend days working on it, trying to get it right,” the 34-year-old stated. “Ironically, the only time I was put off by sweets was during the phase when I was baking, because I always felt like I’d eaten three pounds of brownies by the time I was done. So, then I’d give the rest away.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Anna noted that she tries to follow a balanced diet and always eats breakfast. However, she is a tad concerned about what she will be able to eat until she finds a replacement for her go-to snack bar.

“I always eat the same thing: a vegan Pure Organic Ancient Grain peanut butter bar. But they discontinued it. I have a stockpile of them, and it’s dwindling,” she sighed.

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Keri Russell: ‘I’m not ready to stick to a strict diet’

Keri Russell is not ready to abide by a strict diet. The Americans actress likes to eat healthy food, but she is not ready to go on a regimented diet plan and deprive herself of the occasional treat. “When I see those people who look so great for t…

Keri Russell is not ready to abide by a strict diet.

The Americans actress likes to eat healthy food, but she is not ready to go on a regimented diet plan and deprive herself of the occasional treat.

“When I see those people who look so great for their age, I’m like, ‘Oh, I do want that. I do want to look like that at 60.’ I’m just not ready to stick to a strict regimen. I still want to have fun a little longer. I’ll still have the pasta Bolognese,'” she told Shape magazine.

Keri eats little and often throughout the day, particularly when she’s working, and likes to cook her family a roast dinner on Sundays.

“I’m generally a pretty healthy eater. I mean, I eat a lot. But I have smaller portions throughout the day,” the 43-year-old commented. “Especially when I’m shooting, I feel like I have to keep eating or I run out of energy. At the beginning of The Americans, I ate so many doughnuts. Matthew (Rhys) said to me, ‘Do you remember how many doughnuts you used to eat?’ I’m like, ‘Well, I was trying to stay awake.’

“I used to cook a lot more when I had just one kid – good stuff like homemade scones and all these big, fun meals. Now, on Sundays, I usually do a roast chicken and vegetables, and maybe a guilty pleasure like Yorkshire pudding.”

Russell, who has three children, also works out by going on a “tough bike ride” or dancing to loud music at home because it makes her feel at her best.

“I’m happiest when I work out. You need that hit – where everything is moving and pumping and you instantly feel positive. I feel my absolute best – my sexiest – after a good workout,” she added.

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Keri Russell doesn’t like to be ‘the main attraction’ at red carpet events

Keri Russell doesn’t want to stand out from the crowd with the outfits she wears to red carpet events. When she attends awards ceremonies or premieres, The Americans actress prefers to wear an outfit that won’t court too much attention as she would ra…

Keri Russell doesn’t want to stand out from the crowd with the outfits she wears to red carpet events.

When she attends awards ceremonies or premieres, The Americans actress prefers to wear an outfit that won’t court too much attention as she would rather blend into the crowd and avoid having all eyes on her, as she finds the scrutiny of celebrities’ looks stressful.

“Especially with red-carpet events, I don’t want to be part of the competition. I don’t like to be the main attraction – I just want to feel good,” she told Shape magazine. “But the stress of those events and the way you are picked apart, the way there are people who look right and who look wrong, is hard.”

The 43-year-old recalled when she attended the Met Gala with her partner and former co-star Matthew Rhys and they were both terrified about having to pose for photographers.

“Matthew and I watched some power poses at the Met Gala one time. It was incredible. We were next, and Matthew turned to me and said, ‘I am so frightened right now.’ I was like, ‘You should be. This is just terrifying.’ There are certain people who can do it, and I marvel at them. But it’s just not me,” she confessed.

Keri also gets a facial to prep her skin before a glitzy event, and has been trying out NuFACE, the microcurrent facial toning device.

“Two years ago, my makeup artist – who gets me ready for the fancy things – said, ‘You know, you should do this facial before an awards show.’ So I went to the Joanna Vargas spa, and after I did it I was like, ‘Oh, this is what they’ve all been doing,'” she recalled. “You know what really works, actually, which I just was telling my girlfriends about? That weird…. device called the NuFace. I do notice a difference.”

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January Jones lied to X-Men personal trainer about workout sessions

January Jones used to lie to her X-Men: First Class personal trainer about the amount of exercise she was doing.The actress starred as Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 mutant movie and was given a trainer on set to help her stay in shape during film…

January Jones used to lie to her X-Men: First Class personal trainer about the amount of exercise she was doing.

The actress starred as Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 mutant movie and was given a trainer on set to help her stay in shape during filming.

However, January admitted during an interview with Shape magazine that she used to lie to her fitness coach to avoid having to complete intense workout regimes.

“When I was filming X-Men, they had trainers for all of us. I would lie and say I was exercising in my hotel room, when actually I was watching Friends and having full tea service,” she laughed.

The Mad Men star also explained that her father was a personal trainer and her family used to rebel when he pushed them to exercise.

“My dad was a trainer, so in my 20s and 30s, I didn’t work out, because he was always pushing my sisters, my mom, and me to exercise. We would rebel and not do it,” the 42-year-old shared. “It’s not that I wasn’t active… But on a regular basis, I wouldn’t work out, ever.”

But after having her son Xander in September 2011, January’s entire mindset about working out changed.

“After I had my son, Xander, I wanted to feel strong because my body had changed so much,” she explained. “As he got bigger and I was hauling around a 20- or 30-pound toddler, my lower back gave out and I saw my shoulders starting to curl and hunch. I wanted to do something for my posture and core strength.”

January took up barre classes two or three years ago and has been doing Lagree Pilates two to four times a week for the past year, and she has noticed the difference, with her adding, “I’ve gained weight because I’ve put on muscle. I’ve gone up a size in clothes, but I feel like I look better naked.”

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Felicity Jones doesn’t enjoy working out in a gym

Felicity Jones prefers to exercise outdoors rather than be stuck in a gym.The Theory of Everything actress grew up loving outdoor sports such as tennis and hockey and still prefers to get her fitness fix in the fresh air rather than in a gym. “I’m no…

Felicity Jones prefers to exercise outdoors rather than be stuck in a gym.

The Theory of Everything actress grew up loving outdoor sports such as tennis and hockey and still prefers to get her fitness fix in the fresh air rather than in a gym.

“I’m not terribly good at being stuck in a gym. I prefer long walks and being outside and going for runs,” she told Shape magazine. “I grew up very tomboyish, playing sports with my older brother. I loved hockey, field hockey, netball, and tennis. So, I think it’s become an extension of having that experience of being in nature and not feeling daunted by a challenge.”

The British star was recently challenged by having to learn silk climbing for a new film role. She originally thought it would be “terribly complicated” and was overjoyed when she managed to do it.

“I got an enormous satisfaction when I realised I could do it. I couldn’t think about anything else because I was just thinking about survival, which is weirdly quite relaxing,” the 36-year-old gushed.

Felicity doesn’t abide by a diet, but she believes working out encourages her to focus on eating healthy.

“It’s so connected to fitness: The more fitness you do, the more you have a better, healthier diet,” she explained, before going on to describe the tomato-vegetable soup she makes. “I’ll put in as many vegetables as possible to get a massive vitamin hit. When I’m shooting and the days are long, I try to have dried fruit and snacks like that to keep my energy up. And I think you have to treat yourself sometimes; otherwise, you’ll go crazy.”

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Adriana Lima’s love for boxing inspired Puma collaboration

Adriana Lima’s love for boxing helped inspire her new collaboration with Puma.The Brazilian model recently launched her debut 14-piece activewear line, Club Lima, in collaboration with designers at the German sports brand. Adriana’s collection features…

Adriana Lima’s love for boxing helped inspire her new collaboration with Puma.

The Brazilian model recently launched her debut 14-piece activewear line, Club Lima, in collaboration with designers at the German sports brand. Adriana’s collection features leather-look leggings, oversized jackets, and cropped hoodies.

“I took inspiration from retro boxing, as this sport has been my passion, and chose four of my favourite colours to bring this collection to life: grey, red, black, and white,” she told Shape magazine, adding that she’s been working “tirelessly” with Puma’s team.

The luxe yet affordable collection ranges in price from $35 (£27) for a training top to $130 (£100) for the AL x PUMA LQDCELL Shatter XT training shoe.

Adriana also opened up about her love for boxing and revealed she’d been training for more than two decades.

“I started boxing 20 years ago, and (at the time) it was known only as a male-only sport/workout,” the former Victoria’s Secret model explained. “After two months of training on the mitts, I realised how fast and strong I could be. That was a different form of confidence and that started to build up on me.”

The 38-year-old has been working with former champion boxers for years, and it was fighter Michael Olajide, Jr. that helped her prepare for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show just five weeks after giving birth to her second daughter in 2012.

And when asked to name her top piece from her Club Lima collection, the brunette beauty insisted that it had to be the $25 (£19) training gloves.

“I always use them. Not only for weights, but I jump rope with the gloves,” she shared, before adding that the main reason she uses them is to prevent germs from spreading. “So many people are touching everything!”

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