June 2, 2008
"My high school days were definitely not the best days of my life. I think everything you learn in high school, you have to spend the rest of your life unlearning. A lot of what high school was about for me was not being myself. It was about hiding all the things that made me different and trying to fit in somewhere. I didn't know who I was. The pretty and popular girls just reminded me that I wasn't pretty and popular, and the nerdy and studious ones reminded me that I wasn't smart enough. I didn't conform in high school, wear all the right clothes, or fit in. But I think the truth is that whatever you're wearing on the outside doesn't change the fact that most people--even beautiful girls--feel the same doubt, fears and insecurities on the inside."
-Actress America Ferrera from TV's Ugly Betty (Cosmo Girl, February 2007)
"I do have an issue with this kind of image of perfection that a movie can put across. You want to say to people 'Stop! Stop! It's not real. We've been in makeup for two hours. We don't really look like that.' I mean, I'm living proof that we don't really look like that."
-Actress Kate Winslet (Time, December 4, 2006)
July 10, 2006
"It's great to feel like a sexpot for the day. I'm a normal person and I'm never going to look like that unless there's five hours of hair and makeup and a great photographer, so it's fun to have those pictures so you can look back and say, 'Huh, I was hot for an hour.' "
Jennifer Love Hewitt talking about her two appearances on the cover of Maxim (Star Tribune, July 7, 2006)
August 21, 2005
"Acne was one of the hardest things I dealt with in high school. I still deal with it. But you have to learn to love who you are instead of trying to change everything."
-R&B singer Usher (Cosmo Girl, June/July 2005).
April 11, 2005
"As a teenager, I didn't like to look in mirrors. I'd put collages and stuff over them; left the lights off in the bathroom. Those are the years when I feel like you hate yourself or love yourself."
-Actress Christina Ricci (Teen Vogue, April 2005)
February 12, 2005
“It’s definitely harder for girls to like themselves today, with all the influences from pop culture. There are so many things they feel they have to live up to. They’re so concerned about fitting into size 25 waist jeans. They get their hair lightened earlier, wear makeup earlier. And they’re getting plastic surgery, like nose jobs, when they’re 16. My sister is 10 years old and already wears bronzer.”
“Believe it or not, I am insecure. It’s hard not to be because you’re always expected to look a certain way.”
“Beauty comes in so many forms—it doesn’t have to be big hair and big breasts”
-Actress Hilary Swank, who won an Oscar for Boys Don't Cry, had her break out role in The Next Karate Kid and had a role in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. (Source: Entertainment Weekly, December 24, 2004)
“If you’re a role model and kids look up to you, it’s just not good to do that stuff.”
-13-year-old actress Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts’ niece) explaining why she won’t appear half-naked on magazine covers. (Source: USA Today, January 7, 2005)
September 21, 2004
"My little sister was really getting into these, I don't want to offend anyone, but like really fake, cheesy, slutty female cracker-box idols, and it really pissed me off. She started dressing like them and she was like 8 years old. So I gave her the talk and I wrote a song. ... It's kind of about exposing that it's fake. And the video's more along the lines of exposing the real behind-the-scenes [lives] of some of these people. It's basically showing the glamorous lifestyle and the depressed, selfish misery behind it. It's like beating a dead horse at this point, but at the time Britney Spears was just coming out. But I still think it's relevant."
May 17, 2004
"The biggest thing I feel for Britney is I feel sad for her. I also feel sad for the nine or 10-years-old watching her who see her dressing in a very promiscuous fashion, almost asking for people to treat her as a sex object. They are going to start dressing that way too."
-Christian pop star Rebecca St. James, who recently released a live worship CD and greatest hits album and is a spokesperson for the True Love Waits abstinence campaign. (Source: CNN.com, May 16, 2004)
March 29, 2004
"I'm just not into costumes. Whatever I wear that day is what I'm going to wear onstage."
-Solange Knowles claiming she won't be matching her older sister Beyonce's more famous skin shows. (Source: Guidepost for Teens, April/May 2004)
November 12, 2003
"The record label wanted me to do certain kinds of songs, and I was like, 'Look, if you want me to be some kind of sex thing, that's not me. I will never do that. I'm still doing what I love to do."
-Britney Spears, telling Esquire magazine that she's not a sex object, despite the revealing Esquire photoshoot, which Spears later expressed regret over. All the naked hype is part of In the Zone, the new Spears album that releases next week. (Source: MSNBC, October 9, 2003)
November 10, 2003
"The Britney Spearses of the world always exuded confidence, but I was like, 'I'm so unlike them. I could never do that.' If I went to an award show wearing just a bra and sequined pants, I'd flip out."
"I did feel kind of weird after those photos. I was in a moment. I had, like, eight Red Bulls and said, 'OK, let's do it.' I learned my lesson and you won't see me like that for a while. I'm kinda over it myself. Not that it's dirty or tacky, but it is really revealing and I wouldn't want my kid, at 21, to be dressing like that."
-Britney Spears, expressing regret over a revealing Esquire photoshoot, despite a later Q magazine cover that's just as revealing. All the naked hype is part of In the Zone, the new Spears album that releases next week. (Source: Newsweek, November 3, 2003)
November 7, 2003
"When I started out, I was uncomfortable showing off my body at a time when a lot of other girls were comfortable with it and went for it. No matter how much pressure was there was to have this image that wasn't me, I just couldn't do it. And there was pressure -- I mean, do you know how weird it is to have a reporter ask you if you're a virgin when you're 15-years-old? There's no point in answering that and broadcasting that to everyone! And now that I'm 19, it's still nobody's business. I will say, though, that I'm really enjoying being a woman. Just eight months ago, I got boobs! Who knows where they came from. When I wear a push-up bra, they're out of control. I'm probably 15 pounds heavier than I was four years ago; I even have hips now! So I'll do sexier photo shoots than I used to do, because I've grown into my skin."
October 19, 2003
"God is okay with me being sexy. ... God is the main person in my life and I wouldn't do anything to offend him. People say it's hypocritical to wear sexy clothes and then sing about God -- but it's not like that at all. I obviously wouldn't wear hot pants in normal life or if I was going to church. ... I have a personal relationship with God and I don't see any problem with what I wear or how I dance on stage. Anything that I feel uncomfortable doing, I wouldn't do."
-Beyonce Knowles from Destiny's Child. (Source: Asian News International, October 15, 2003)
October 15, 2003
"I have standards. There are things I will not do ... I always carry myself like a lady. I don't feel like I ever do anything raunchy ... It's entertainment and I believe God is OK with that."
-Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child, explaining how she draws the line on lesbian kissing (see Britney Spears and Madonna at the 2003 MTV VMAs) but has God's blessing to strut around in hot pants. (Source: Sky News, October 15, 2003)
September 29, 2003
"Britney Spears doesn't rock. She's a mechanical pop robot, OK? Basically she's a puppet. Although Britney Spears isn't as bad as Christina Aguilera when it comes to showing skin ... Christina shows a lot more. They both seem to be competing with each other ... It doesn't offend me. It's just tragic. It's really sad. ... Don't feel like you have to sell sex just to get people to listen to you."
September 21, 2003
"I'm not gonna come out on this record and show my crotch or anything. That's not me. I would never do anything like that. It's all in the way you do stuff, all in the way you carry things. The music is most important to me."
"I think every photo shoot I've done has been tasteful. I'll never be a vamp-vixen-sex goddess."
September 18, 2003
"It's really silly. I wrote a song called 'Bootylicious,' maybe three years ago. And now the word is in the dictionary. To be honest, I hate the word. ... I'm glad I wrote it. It's a fun song. It's just a word, like someone is feeling confident. I wrote it because I was gaining weight, and I felt like for all the people that feel like I do right now, I'm going to write this song and make people proud of their curves. But now everywhere I go, everybody is saying, 'booty-this' and 'booty-that' and it's really irritating."
September 5, 2003
"My clothing line is edgy without showing off your boobs and your butt. You don't have to take your clothes off to look more adult or sexy or beautiful."
August 30, 2003
"It hurts my feelings. Being picked on for being too skinny is as detrimental to self esteem as being picked on for being overweight. I think the most important thing is, whatever you've got, be proud of it. As long as you're healthy, no matter what size you are, there's a way to be happy with who you are."
August 28, 2003
"It depends on what mode I'm in. I'm an artist that everyone knows loves to change characters a lot. I don't like to play it safe. So this time around I might go for something people might not expect. I could come in a nun's outfit ... and that'll be great!"
"Every photographer wants to be the first one who talks Beyonce out of her clothes. It's prestigious for him if I expose a nipple. ... When they make those kinds of demands, I leave. Goodbye. I want to be respected and remembered for my talent in the first place, not for my booty. ... Some women show some nudity in all their pics. But I am known for being prudish. I don't have a problem with sexy clothes. Any really hot fashion thing I'll wear. And I'll put on a bikini if the scene is on the beach. But vulgar for no reason? Never."
-Beyonce Knowles, recent solo artist and member of Destiny's Child. She was also asked if one of her songs had ever come on the radio while she was making love. Her response? "Oh, I hate that. It messes up the vibe." (Source: Sky News, August 28, 2003)
August 20, 2003
"[Bare midriffs are] out for us. But I just don't like showing my body like that. It's just not me. Honestly, what you see is what you get with us. It's not like, 'Oh, I wish I was wearing a miniskirt to this premiere, but I can't.' I would kill myself if I was in a miniskirt."
August 14, 2003
"You don't have to be half-naked to be successful. Just be talented."
August 13, 2003
"Some days I would look at my reflection and see garbage, and I guess I was worried about the size of my breasts for a long time. But now I think I have finally reached an age where I have accepted myself for who I am."