Brooke Shields Says That Spending Years Criticising Her Own Body Was A “Losing Game”

"It's exhausting entertaining your insecurities. And then you get to this age."

For legendary supermodel Brooke Shields, her physical form has always played an important part of her job—as well as those eyebrows, of course.

But it turns out that the ’90s icon hasn’t always felt confident in her skin, in fact, her self-conscious feelings began in her prime. Now, she’s embracing herself completely.

Forty years after modelling for Calvin Klein Jeans, Shields is back at it for Jordache’s Spring 2022 collection, posing for the campaign with photography by Cass Bird.

While doing so, Shields sat down with People to open up about how “exhausting” self-criticism has been when comparing her body to others.

“It’s exhausting entertaining your insecurities,” she told the publication. “It is truly exhausting. And then you get to this age.”

“I’ve raised my kids for the most part,” she said, referring to her two children, Rowan and Grier, with husband Chris Henchy. “I’ve had a 21-year-long marriage. I’m still working.”

Brooke Shields
(Credit: Cass Bird)
Brooke Shields
(Credit: Cass Bird)

She continued, “I’m not criticising myself for all the things that I’m not, which I did a lot of in my younger years. I did a lot of comparison, and that’s just a losing game.”

For Shields, she explained that “people are always surprised” to hear that she would compare herself.

“I’m human. I’ve always been human. And I got so used to self-deprecation that it started to take a toll on my psyche and just me in general.”

Now, the model revealed that her mindset toward her body has only elevated and that she works to set an example of confidence and self-acceptance to her two teenage daughters.

“I realised that I can’t represent that to my daughters. So I tried to turn it all around a little bit, in how I chose to see myself,” she said.

“And it’s not an easy task, and you have to really remind yourself and keep practicing it. But I had practiced the alternative for decades.”

As for how she changed the way she perceived her body, Shields explained that working with her trainer Ngo Okafor helped her achieve the “strong, hard-working” body of her dreams.

“We did 5am workouts, but I wasn’t drinking so it was easier to wake up in the morning,” she says, adding, “I pushed it to the limit. My ego helped! I thought, ‘If you do these pictures and you are not happy with what you see, you’ll be hard on yourself’.”

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