Every year Allure has a handful of gorgeous women take off all their clothes and talk about nudity and their bodies. This year, Kristen Bell was among them, telling the magazine, “This is the first interview I’ve ever done where I’m not wearing panties. Lucky you.”
“My belly skin has made me self-conscious, and it’s only gotten worse since I’ve had a baby,” says the 33-year-old actress (House of Lies, Veronica Mars). “I have definitely and happily used a body double. It’s a very nice thing to be able to rely on.” So why pose nude for Allure less than a year after having her baby? “I talk a big game about being comfortable no matter my size,” she says. “I wanted to put my money where my mouth was.”
The tiny teen detective answered some major hard-hitting questions, like what her favorite body part is.
I’m a big fan of buns. Buns and cakes. On anybody. Not just my own. I mean, I’m a fan of my own buns. I’m very happy with the amount that I’ve been given, and I often attempt to sculpt them into something more than what I’ve been given. But I notice other people’s buns quite a bit.
And then talked about her pregnancy, and how it changed her.
I was terribly frightened that I would feel like a schlub and not at all beautiful. But I’ve never been so comfortable with my body. When I looked in the mirror, I saw Cindy Crawford.
The interviewer also asked if there was anyone Bell was concerned about seeing these pictures. My guess is that she was expecting her to say her daughter, but Bell doesn’t give a damn about that.
I’m not concerned with anyone. I hope it’s not misinterpreted, but that’s too big of a problem for me to actually think about.
You can read the other interviews (Minnie Driver, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Nia Long) over at Allure, and I recommend you do. My initial reaction to this spread was along the lines of “Oh great, more gorgeous women talking about their body dysmorphia.” But all four women are in their 30s or 40s, not typical for a magazine nude shoot, and all have had children (most of them recently). Hearing them talk about their bodies, and how their view of their bodies has changed over time, is actually worth the read.
Plus, you know, naked Minnie Driver.