Naomie Harris committed to healthy living after childhood scoliosis trauma

Naomie Harris has pledged to never abuse her body after battling severe scoliosis as a child.The Spectre star was diagnosed with the condition – which causes the spine to curl into an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape – when she was just 11 and had to learn how to …

Naomie Harris has pledged to never abuse her body after battling severe scoliosis as a child.

The Spectre star was diagnosed with the condition – which causes the spine to curl into an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape – when she was just 11 and had to learn how to walk again after having an operation.

“The progression of the disease became severe in my teens, and I needed an operation. Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine. I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic,” she recalled in a chat with Shape magazine. “I saw kids in the hospital with scoliosis so advanced that they would never be able to stand properly. I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body.”

To maintain her health, Naomie meditates daily, exercises five times a week at Pilates classes or in a swimming pool, and she doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee.

“I don’t abuse my body,” the 43-year-old shared. “Health is the greatest thing you can have.

“I didn’t want to do anything that could hurt me in any way. I was very protective of my body. When I started making films that required me to be physically active, I realised that my body was capable of doing a lot more than I thought it was, and that if I exercise, I become stronger.”

Naomie also opened up about her incredibly healthy diet and explained that she had gone through years of experimenting with different foods in order to work out what works best for her.

“I’m a really healthy eater. For one thing, I incorporate Ayurvedic principles. That means plenty of warm, nourishing foods like stews and soups, even for breakfast. I have a really fast metabolism, so if I don’t eat something filling in the morning, I’ll be hungry again in five minutes,” she stated.

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Danielle Brooks wants to use her platform to champion body positivity

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this…

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.

  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this year, that people were paying attention to what she had to say, and she decided to use that influence to help others feel good about their bodies.  

 “I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped,” the curvy star told Shape magazine. “I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else.  

 “I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!’ As I met people along the way, I began to understand the importance of not shying away from being an advocate for body positivity, but running toward it full throttle.”  

 The 29-year-old, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that the world tells women what they’re supposed to look like, and she wants them to know they are perfect exactly as they are. 

 “I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong – to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more – to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough,” she commented. 

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Danielle Brooks wants to use her platform to champion body positivity

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this…

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.

  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this year, that people were paying attention to what she had to say, and she decided to use that influence to help others feel good about their bodies.  

 “I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped,” the curvy star told Shape magazine. “I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else.  

 “I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!’ As I met people along the way, I began to understand the importance of not shying away from being an advocate for body positivity, but running toward it full throttle.”  

 The 29-year-old, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that the world tells women what they’re supposed to look like, and she wants them to know they are perfect exactly as they are. 

 “I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong – to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more – to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough,” she commented. 

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Naomi Watts has mastered a five-minute make-up regime

Naomi Watts spends mere minutes applying her make-up each morning.The Mulholland Drive actress is instantly recognisable for her flawless complexion and chic sense of style. However, Naomi wears very little make-up when she’s off-duty, and over the yea…

Naomi Watts spends mere minutes applying her make-up each morning.

The Mulholland Drive actress is instantly recognisable for her flawless complexion and chic sense of style.

However, Naomi wears very little make-up when she’s off-duty, and over the years, has mastered getting ready in just five minutes.

“I’m not very good at putting on make-up or doing my hair, to be honest,” she told U.S. Shape magazine. “I’m a five-minute girl with getting dressed. So the least amount of make-up is the best for me – I use about four products.”

Naomi went on to note that she’s “big” on eyebrows and uses a pencil to shade in her arches, though doesn’t wear mascara because her eyes are “sensitive”.

“I also love the Beautycounter blush sticks and lipsticks. Its Dew Skin tinted moisturiser is a game-changing product for me-I like to be able to see the skin breathe. And I can do all that in the car,” the 50-year-old shared.

In addition to her acting work, Naomi has ventured into the world of clean cosmetics with ONDA Beauty, which she has co-founded with Larissa Thomson and Sarah Bryden-Brown.

Using products containing natural ingredients is important to the Hollywood star, and she has noticed a difference in her skin since she started avoiding formulas containing harsh chemicals.

“My skin has become extra sensitive and reactive, so I realised that I needed to cut out the chemicals that were in the products I was using. Keeping it clean is really key. That means a double cleanse with the right cleanser: an oil cleanser for removing eye make-up, followed by a milk cleanser – I like one from Tammy Fender,” she added of her cleansing routine.

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Dakota Fanning doesn’t deny herself any sweet treats

Dakota Fanning doesn’t deny herself any treats because she has a “huge sweet tooth”.The actress likes being active and aims to work out six days a week, but she believes people should be allowed to indulge in a little bit of what they fancy, because de…

Dakota Fanning doesn’t deny herself any treats because she has a “huge sweet tooth”.

The actress likes being active and aims to work out six days a week, but she believes people should be allowed to indulge in a little bit of what they fancy, because denying themselves what they enjoy isn’t sustainable.

“I’ve become a much healthier eater. I typically have yoghurt or eggs after my morning workout, a salad for lunch, and a grilled protein with quinoa and vegetables for dinner. But I’m definitely not the kind of person who says, ‘I don’t eat sugar or carbs,’ or ‘I don’t drink caffeine and wine.’ That’s never going to happen. I have a huge sweet tooth,” she told Shape magazine.

Whenever she visits her parents’ home in Los Angeles, Dakota and her mother always treat themselves to Baskin-Robbins ice cream for dessert.

“Eating is all about moderation. If I’m going to a restaurant that’s famous for its pasta, I’m going to eat the pasta. I don’t limit myself. That’s not sustainable. You have to indulge. Food is supposed to be fun and pleasurable,” the 25-year-old continued.

In the interview, The Alienist star also explained how she enjoys taking Cardio Barre, a ballet-inspired cardio class, as well as AKT, a dance-based cardio and strength class, and makes sure she has a bath every night to unwind from a hectic day.

“I have a really good ritual to help me unwind. I take a bath every night, no matter what. I put on a podcast, get in the tub, and close my eyes,” Dakota said. “This routine is such a constant in my life; I can’t live without it. If I’m in a hotel and there isn’t a tub, I have to move. It’s like, ‘No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve got to have a bath.'”

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Dakota Fanning: ‘It’s so important to have a really good sweat’

Dakota Fanning aims to work out six days a week because she enjoys the “high of feeling strong”. The War of the Worlds actress had an active childhood thanks to her mother, a professional tennis player, and her father, who played baseball, and she has …

Dakota Fanning aims to work out six days a week because she enjoys the “high of feeling strong”.

The War of the Worlds actress had an active childhood thanks to her mother, a professional tennis player, and her father, who played baseball, and she has kept it up as an adult because exercise makes her feel good.

“I come from a family of athletes so being active was instilled in me from a young age,” Dakota explained to Shape magazine. “I like the high of feeling strong… It’s so important to have a really good sweat. It clears my head and makes my skin look good, and I feel better overall.”

When she’s not away on location shooting a film, the 25-year-old aims to work out six days a week, with her current favourites being Cardio Barre and AKT, a dance-based cardio and strength class.

“I love to do Cardio Barre, a ballet-inspired cardio class. I’ve been taking it since I was in high school, and I’m obsessed,” she shared. “I also started doing AKT. The first time I did it, I thought I was going to die! It was so tough in the best possible way.”

Dakota has also learned the importance of resting her body and swears by a bath every evening to help herself relax.

“I have a really good ritual to help me unwind. I take a bath every night, no matter what. I put on a podcast, get in the tub, and close my eyes,” Dakota said. “This routine is such a constant in my life; I can’t live without it. If I’m in a hotel and there isn’t a tub, I have to move. It’s like, No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve got to have a bath.”

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Anne Hathaway eliminating plastic from her beauty kit

Anne Hathaway has overhauled her beauty kit and is now only using eco-friendly products.The Oscar-winning actress, known for her porcelain complexion and glossy brunette locks, always looks flawless when she steps out onto the red carpet. While Anne un…

Anne Hathaway has overhauled her beauty kit and is now only using eco-friendly products.

The Oscar-winning actress, known for her porcelain complexion and glossy brunette locks, always looks flawless when she steps out onto the red carpet.

While Anne undoubtedly has all the latest cosmetics at her fingertips, she has now shared that she is doing her bit to reduce waste by ditching plastic from her bathroom cabinet and by using sustainable products such as coconut oil whenever possible.

“The thing is, with the low-plastic lifestyle, I really have to choose what matters. I recently did a photoshoot with crazy eye make-up and temporary eyelashes that got glued under my real lashes. I couldn’t wait to get them off, but then my make-up artist was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know how they come off. You probably want to use an oil-based remover,'” she recalled in an interview with U.S. Shape magazine. “I got home, and I had an old eye-makeup remover, but it wasn’t oil based. So, to avoid buying more products in plastic containers, I used coconut oil, and it worked.”

Anne went on to explain that she has a variety of other uses for coconut oil in her daily regime, and even mixes the versatile natural substance with jojoba oil and shea butter to make her own moisturiser. She will sometimes add in a few drops of essential oils for fragrance and always ensures to store the formula in glass bottles.

“And voila, you don’t have to put plastic into the ocean because of it,” the 36-year-old gushed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Anne spoke about how she has learned to make more time for herself since welcoming her son Jonathan, three, with husband Adam Shulman, and makes an effort to “build breaks” into her hectic schedule. The Hustle star spends her free time writing, cooking and focusing on her family.

“I make more time for the things that matter to me because suddenly I have more time,” she smiled.

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Emmy Rossum embracing her naturally curly hair

Emmy Rossum has made a point of embracing her natural curls whenever possible.The Shameless actress always looks picture-perfect whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, often having her brunette locks styled into loose waves or chic chignons.Howeve…

Emmy Rossum has made a point of embracing her natural curls whenever possible.

The Shameless actress always looks picture-perfect whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, often having her brunette locks styled into loose waves or chic chignons.

However, Emmy has had enough of feeling like she always has to change her hair and make-up, and wants other women to break the cycle of “compare and despair”.

“I spent a lot of years wanting to look like the pictures of the girls I saw in magazines, and now I’m trying to love my individuality,” she told Shape magazine. “I’ve been working on embracing my curly hair, for one thing. And I don’t need make-up every day. We should own our uniqueness and be the healthiest, best version of ourselves we can be.”

In addition to taking a minimalistic approach to her beauty regime, Emmy has “overhauled” her exercise plan. Rather than focusing on high-intensity workouts at the gym, the brunette beauty is joining in on more Pilates-style classes.

“My relationship with exercise has always been a very healthy and committed one, mostly because it has helped me reduce stress and anxiety. But I’ve changed my workouts. I used to do a lot of intense cardio and high-intensity interval training, but I’ve scaled some of that back. I felt as if I was in a pattern of doing those things because I thought I was supposed to, not because they gave me joy, and I wanted workouts that made me feel more in tune with my body,” the 32-year-old said.

And while Emmy abides by a healthy diet, especially as she has coeliac disease and can’t consume gluten, she recently decided to cut back on alcohol too. Instead of helping her wind down, the star finds that drinking causes her more anxiety.

“Cutting back and saying, ‘I know I’m going to feel better if I don’t have wine tonight,’ has really been good for me,” she insisted.

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Alison Brie cried during training for GLOW season two

Alison Brie’s training sessions for GLOW season two were so gruelling they left her in tears.The hit Netflix drama returned to the small screen in June (18), with Alison and her band of female wrestlers hopping back in the ring for the second round of …

Alison Brie’s training sessions for GLOW season two were so gruelling they left her in tears.

The hit Netflix drama returned to the small screen in June (18), with Alison and her band of female wrestlers hopping back in the ring for the second round of ’80s-fuelled fighting.

The 35-year-old actress called on her trainer of seven years, Jason Walsh, founder of Los Angeles-based workout studio Rise Nation, to build her strength for season two, and, after weeks of exhausting training, he revealed a 10-round EMOM circuit of weighted Bulgarian split squats was the last straw for the star.

“It was actually the first time I’ve ever seen her cry – it makes a lot of people want to cry,” he shared in an interview with Shape, adding that the circuit involves doing 10 reps of Bulgarian split squats on each leg every minute over the course of 10 minutes.

“The next minute, you start again no matter what,” he explained. “So, the faster you do them, the more time you have to rest, but the more energy you expend, so it’s an odd feeling.”

As well as the circuits, Jason had Alison performing 200-pound deadlifts, heavy hip thrusts, front squats and weighted bear crawl sled drags. Weighted pull-ups were also a large focus of their sessions, with Alison donning 20-pound weight vests or a kettlebell around her waist to maximise the move. In contrast to her training for GLOW’s first season, where the focus was simply on building strength for injury prevention, Jason said Alison went into the second season with the goal of doing her own stunts.

“She was so jazzed about going in and doing all of them herself,” he smiled. “That was her goal.”

Alison documented the harsh exercise regime on social media earlier this year and continues to share her fitness journey on Instagram, taking to the photo-sharing platform earlier this month (Sep18) to showcase a workout with fellow actress Brie Larson.

“It’s like you’re dreaming about gorgonzola cheese when it’s clearly BRIE TIME, BABY,” she quipped in the caption.

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Evangeline Lilly used to train like a ‘maniac’ in the gym

Evangeline Lilly once trained so hard in the gym she wondered if she would turn into a superhero.The Canadian actress rose to fame following her role as Kate Austen in ABC series Lost and has since starred in The Hurt Locker, Real Steel and as Tauriel …

Evangeline Lilly once trained so hard in the gym she wondered if she would turn into a superhero.

The Canadian actress rose to fame following her role as Kate Austen in ABC series Lost and has since starred in The Hurt Locker, Real Steel and as Tauriel in The Hobbit film series.

While she was required to get into shape as she returns to the role of Hope van Dyne / Wasp in upcoming superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, she didn’t train to the extent she did when she was trying to win a bikini contest as a 20-year-old student doing her best to juggle work and studies.

“I figured that if I was going to do this, I had better win,” she recalled in an interview with Shape magazine. “(I hit the gym) like a maniac… If I had gone on like that for another two years, just imagine how I might have transformed. I could have turned into Spider-Man.”

Evangeline still incorporates exercise into her daily regime, but the brunette star now focuses on stretching as much as she does on working out.

“In my 20s exercise was about reaching goals in strength, speed, agility, and capability,” the 38-year-old shared. “But the stage I’m in now calls for balance, so I’ve begun stretching a lot more. Stretching relaxes you and keeps your muscles from tensing up, but it also strengthens you. I don’t think I was aware of that before.”

During the interview, Evangeline also spoke about her decision to swap Hollywood for Hawaii, where she lives with her partner Norman Kali and their two young children.

Though her choice of home base may be unconventional for an actress, she wouldn’t have her life any other way.

“I’m a strange mix of someone who is quite reclusive and comfortable with very little but driven professionally. I don’t need to be famous, but I do have an enormous desire to influence people and connect with them. It gives me satisfaction to know that I’ve touched others,” she smiled.

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