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Brooke Shields has for decades featured on the covers of glossy magazines and the silver screen, however, the 53-year-old actress has struggled with negative body image for years.

 

“I modelled swimwear when I was 15, and even then I didn’t think I had a swimsuit body. I was a cover girl, not a supermodel," the mum-of-two told PorterEdit.

 

"I was ‘neck up’ – the face, the eyebrows – and I was always described as ‘athletic’; ‘not rail-thin’; ‘not a runway model’. Those messages, they seep into your consciousness.”

 

It didn't help that at home, her late mother Teri Shields fat-shamed Brooke.

 

 

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“My mother would get drunk and say: ‘Why don’t you move your fat ass?’ So, I’ve always believed I had a fat ass," the New York native explained.

 

Thankfully her own self-image has changed, and in a recent interview with Social Life magazine, Brooke said she's happy to embrace how she looks.

 

"We shouldn’t just see 15-year old bodies," she told them, "I don’t want a 15-year old body. I don’t want to look like a little boy. I have curves. and I’ve worked on my strength. It’s nice to grow into this moment."

 

The Blue Lagoon actress says that her own daughters are imbued with a confidence she didn't have at their age. The model is mum to daughters Rowan, 15, and Grier, 12, whom she shares with husband Chris Henchy.

 

 

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“They’re so much more mature than I was. So much more confident in their own bodies," Brooke told PorterEdit.

 

"They have the same stubbornness and strength that I do, but are more well-adjusted. I am jealous as all hell about that. But, of course, I created it.” 

 

When asked if her girls will enter the worlds of fashion or film like herself, she replied:

 

"They take all these selfies and borrow all my clothes and make mini movies, and I think they feel, if they are in control of that themselves, why would they do it for anyone else?” 

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