The real sizes of famous women
The Duchess of Cambridge has always kept mum about her dress size, but the Daily Mail reports she has estimated measurements of 32-24-35 -- similar to Kate Moss, prior to her pregnancy, though at 5'10" she stands two inches taller than the super. After giving birth to George Louis in July 2013, the new mum proudly showed off a post-baby bump when she took him home from the hospital, but within less than two months she looks to have regained her former trim figure. Regular yoga sessions during and after her pregnancy are said to be to thank for her quick weight loss. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Famously voluptuous TV chef Nigella Lawson revealed a 2-stone weight loss in April 2013, having slimmed down from a size 16 to a 12. She put her new shape down to pilates, a personal trainer and portion control, and was believed to have followed the Bodyism Clean and Lean plan - a healthy eating programme devised by James Duigan, which is also popular with Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In response to talk about her body shape she told Time Magazine: 'Women's bodies are thought to be public property. Whatever. If you're on TV, you can't be surprised if someone talks about what you look like. It's really, as the French say, everything in moderation - including moderation.' (Image credit: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
In January 2013, Kelly Osbourne declared to Us Magazine: 'I'm the thinnest I've ever been and the healthiest I've ever been. The totally insane thing is that I'm a UK size four to six and people still say I'm fat.' And despite hate from naysayers, standing at 5'2" and a petite 112lbs, she said she'd finally found confidence in her shape. A role on US show Dancing with the Stars in 2009 kick-started weight loss for Kelly and a combination of hitting the gym, 'even just for 15 minutes' a day and eating a healthy diet has helped her shed 65lbs and keep it off. Go Kelly! (Image credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
In 2009, 5'9" Adele said she was a 14/16, and while she noticeably slimmed down over the next few years, having become a mum to son Angelo in 2012 she insists she's in no hurry to shed her post-baby weight. The Grammy-winning beauty has said she's never had a problem with the way she looks, telling the Daily Mail, 'I'd rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.' She also spoke out to Vogue about the body image, saying: 'I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, you know, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I just don’t want that in my life.' (Image credit: Greg DeGuire/Getty Images)
One more thing to appreciate about Jennifer Lopez (aside from the talent, the honesty and the infectious smile), is that she has said, 'I could never be a size zero. I just don't see how I could get down to that size and still be healthy.' She lost a staggering 50lbs after giving birth to her twins Emme and Max in 2008 to spring back to her pre-pregnancy weight, and attributes her toned physique to working out with a trainer two to three times per week and not overeating. Although she told Us Weekly her 'rib cage' shifted while carrying her son and daughter, changing her shape just slightly. 'Before I was always able to fit into sample-size clothes from designers, and now they have to take them out just a bit...It's no big deal.' (Image credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Over the years Christina Aguilera has fluctuated between a size 6 and 12. She recently revealed a dramatic weight loss when she reprised her judge role on The Voice US after a year off. She shed 20 lbs in eight weeks thanks to a strict diet and exercise regime, and also explained to Maxim magazine: 'Running around with [5-year-old son Max] all day is pretty good exercise.'
She's said in the past: 'I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it's important to embrace it and get down! I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not dis other women for being proud of theirs.' (Image credit: Gregg Deguire/Wire Image)
Sarah Jessica Parker
Mother-of-three Sarah Jessica Parker is about as tiny as they get, dressing in 4 or 2 (known as '00' in the States) sizes. Although she attributes her slim size to genetics and a fast metabolism, she's also been a follower of low-carb, portion control eating plans, including the Hamptons Diet and South Beach. To keep her small frame toned, the actress rarely drinks, is a Pilates devotee and often gets around New York City on foot, whether she's running errands or taking one of her kids to school or the park.
Beyonce represents the hourglass ladies with a shapely body ratio of 33-26-38, and she’s proud of it (hence her 'Bootylicious' anthem). After welcoming daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, the new mum quickly bounced back to her size 10 pre-pregnancy figure, loosing 57lb through cardio dance workouts and cutting back on carbs. Though she admitted to US magazine, Shape: 'I didn't have a lot of time to lose the weight because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again!'
Marilyn Monroe owned the hourglass figure in the '60s and has made it the universal symbol of femininity and sexuality. She had an incredible body ratio of 36-23-35. (Even Dolly Parton would be proud!) At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Marilyn’s size 12 figure made her the original curvaceous American icon.
Standing next to Christina Hendricks, one wouldn't necessarily be overwhelmed by the Mad Men actress's curves. But on television, the size 14 star looks extremely voluptuous. The redhead even acknowledged that she didn't see her frame as particularly noteworthy; 'I never thought about it. I know this sounds naïve, but I honestly never expected this kind of attention,' she has said. When it comes to dressing her curves, Hendricks told Marie Claire, 'Instead of trying to downplay your curves, find a designer or style that glorifies them.'
Fans of the Khloe Kardashian often find it hard to believe that the 5'10" reality star is a size 10/12. She recently posted on her website: 'I'm proud of my body. My body weight will always be something that I'll struggle with for the rest of my life, but I'm finally in a good place and learning to love me for me, and not somebody else's standards.' Fans frequently praise Khloe's kurves, acknowledging that it's refreshing to see women with hips and booties embracing fashion like they do.
While Mariah Carey was pregnant with twins, she gained more than 4.3 stone (doctors advise a 1.7-2.5 stone weight gain during pregnancy). To drop the weight post-partum, she started the Jenny Craig diet (limiting her calorie intake to 1,500 per day) and worked out three times a week. After six months, the award-winning singer lost 2.1 stone and slimmed down to a size 10 and said she was proud of herself. 'I had to do this for me,' she told a US magazine. (Image credit: Mariah Carey/Twitter)
Although this slim 5'2" actress and mother is technically a size 4/6, because of her curves Salma Hayek wears up to a 8 (and gets a good tailor, which is key for most of the curvaceous actresses). When Hayek wants to drop a few pounds before a red carpet event, she does a juice cleanse (that rings in at just under 1,200 calories per day) and pairs that with yoga.
Having gone through two back-to-back pregnancies, Jessica Simpson has said she's found confidence in her body. After welcoming second son Ace in June 2013, she told Us Weekly: 'I will never understand why people give pregnant women such a hard time. We are creating a human life - I think we get every excuse in the world to eat a doughnut!' Prior to falling pregnant with first son Maxwell in 2011, the 5'2 presenter was a size 10/12, and six weeks after welcoming baby number two, she told the publication she felt no pressure to bounce back to her former shape: 'It's been six weeks since I've had my baby now, and I feel great. It's OK to gain weight, and it will always come off.'
Whatever adorns the first lady’s statuesque figure makes headline news. Even after Women’s Wear Daily's in the US attempted to find out Michelle Obama's measurements, we’re still left unsure. Whether in Jason Wu or J. Crew, Mrs. O is 5'9 and always looks fabulous. (Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Even when Madonna exploded onto the music scene in the '80s, the Material Girl had a small frame. It’s only lately that Madge has been showing off her the full extent of her muscular figure. Although she used to be a Tracy Anderson devotee, the 5'4", size 6/8 Madonna says she now stays fit by dancing and doing Pilates.
The Help actress Octavia Spencer dominated the award season circuit in 2012 collecting trophies left and right for her role as fried chicken-loving Minny Jackson in The Help. Along the way, she acknowledged that, 'I am not healthy at this weight,' though she's managed to keep her dress size a well-guarded secret! Spencer did go on to joke about the discontent thin women must feel: 'Let me tell you, I am a lot grumpier when I don't eat!'
'One of the best things for a woman to hear is that she is sexy,' Scarlett Johansson once said. Undoubtedly, the petite beauty with the hourglass frame hears it often. (Woody
Allen went so far as to describe the actress as 'sexually overwhelming.') The size 6 actress, who is often thought to be larger than she actually is, has been candid about having cellulite and condoning plastic surgery. (Image credit: George Pimentel/Wire Image)
Contrary to Monroe’s sex appeal, Hepburn exuded elegance and sophistication in her dress and demeanor - a classic beauty. Behind the large sunglasses and little black dress was a 5’6’’ woman with a tiny frame (34-20-34). She even said, 'I think sex is overrated. I don't have sex appeal and I know it. As a matter of fact, I think I'm rather funny looking.'
As a mother-of-two, with baby number three on the way, Kate Winslet, who says she's a size 10/12, has frequently spoken out against being airbrushed and misshapen in magazine photos. She told ABC News, 'I want these young women to know we don’t look like this. It’s an idea of perfection that’s not there. It doesn’t exist.' The Academy Award winner continues to show that curves are appealing as the face of Lancôme beauty. (Image credit: Terry Rice/ Wire Image)
Queen Latifah, rapper/singer/movie star, dropped from a size 22 to 18 after she did Jenny Craig and added fresh vegetables and lean proteins to her diet. For exercise, she keeps it varied to avoid boredom, doing anything from yoga to hiking. Although she admits that she still fulfills her cravings for Mac n' Cheese, she eats a small, responsible portion, which she says helps to keep her on track.
In the late '60s, 'the skinny model' look hit the London scene. Born Lesley Hornby, model Twiggy got her nickname because of her twig-like figure. At 5'6" and a size 4 (US size 0), Twiggy measured 32-23-32 at the peak of her modeling career. Twiggy has said, 'I'm not as skinny as I used to be, thank God. I'd look very strange if I was.'
Tennis powerhouse Serena Williams is 5'9" and when she's at her on-court fittest, weighs in at 10.7 stone. The Texas native wears a size 14/16 and has worked on her goal of being less bulky over the past couple of years. She has said, 'I want women to know that it's okay, you can be whatever size you are and you can be beautiful inside and out. We're always told what's beautiful, and what's not, and that's not right.'
Waif-like figures were out again in the late '80s when Cindy Crawford hit the modeling scene. One of the first true supermodels, Crawford stands tall and toned at 5'10" with a healthy build, quite the contrary from today’s stick-thin runway models. Joking about the world’s obsession with her enduring looks, size-10 Crawford told People magazine in 1993, 'Even I don't look like Cindy Crawford in the morning.'
Style icon Kate Moss knows what it’s like to see society’s ideals of body image fluctuate over the years. In 1993, she posed for a controversial Calvin Klein ad looking very thin (and very topless). In 1999, Moss put on some weight (topping out at 7.5 stone at 5’7’’). By 2004, skinny was back, but in the form of the skinny jean, a trend that Moss started. 'I try to eat so I won't be so waiflike, but even if I do, I'm not going to become this voluptuous thing,' Moss, who wears a 4-6, has said.
Slowly but surely, the signs of British summer are creeping in.
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