Denise Richards wrote on iVillage this week about how difficult it is to set a healthy example for her daughters when it comes to body image and lifestyle. She admits that maintaining her weight, skin, hair and looks is important to her (and part of her job), but she also regrets getting breast implants when she was 19 years old, and hopes that her daughters don’t feel the same insecurities that she did when she was younger:
At 19 when I first got my breasts done, I wish that I was confident enough with my body to not have had surgery. That is something that I really want to encourage in my daughters, to embrace their healthy body and have confidence.
I’m in a business where looks and weight do matter. When I exercise I never say I work out to stay thin — I always use the words healthy and strong. I don’t obsess about wearing makeup when I leave the house or looking a certain way. I often look frumpy in paparazzi shots because I may just throw myself together going to the park and soccer games.
While Denise Richards hardly looks “frumpy” by most peoples’ standards, it is refreshing to hear a Hollywood mom admit that these issues are complicated, and that it’s important to set a positive example for kids by emphasizing that exercise and eating well is about health and fitness, instead of just about looks.