Sofia Vergara seems to be a pretty happy, confident woman. She’s into showing off her body–and I’m not basing this on the fact that she appears in public wearing something other than a burlap sack, like many tabloids do. She said so in a recent interview with Lucky, which is featuring her on their cover this November. But in the same interview, she also mentions her body gripes, including plans to get a breast lift when she’s older, and her recurring wish that she could look a little more like Gisele. Oh, stars: They have body issues just like us.
Vergara is appreciative of her body, but she has problems with it just the same:
I know [my breasts] have opened doors for me, let’s be real. But I so hate when I see Gisele and she is wearing a tiny little tank top with no bra, like, “Oh, I just threw this on, I look so cute.” If I wore that I would look like I was pregnant, or a fat stripper.
My knee-jerk reaction was to complain that if Sofia Vergara was complaining about wanting to look like a(nother) model, we’re all f*cked. But in reality, she’s thinking just like most women I know, including myself.
OK, so my breasts have not opened doors for me, so far as I can tell. But bear with me: My body has made it possible for me to hike trails that have blown my mind. It allows me to run races and accomplish PR’s that I’m relatively proud of. I can wear (some) trendy clothes, and I’m strong and flexible enough to be pretty good at yoga (when I’m disciplined enough to practice regularly). And I EVEN like the way I look sometimes(!).
But I can still crack open a magazine and find ten women to feel jealous of. It takes all of 30 seconds perusing Pinterest before I’m jealous of someone’s hair/clothes/body type/face shape/some other nonsense that all that marketing is designed to make us feel envy/inferiority. Even those of us who are pretty damn great the way we are.
Vergara’s body issues (she also said she plans on getting a breast lift, and that “maybe one day, when I am done with being sexy, I will just get rid of them”) might feel like an insult to those of us who don’t possess beauty that earns us millions of dollars in the entertainment industry. But in a different light, I think her confessions just go to show that there isn’t any kind of body that’s “perfect”–even by the very narrow standards of modeling and tv. And to a more positive end, it also goes to show that even if you struggle with moments of envy and frustration with your body, it’s possible to appreciate what you do have going for you…and be happy with yourself at the end of the day.