‘You’ve Got To Embrace What You’ve Got:’ Garcelle Beauvais Encourages Women To Love Themselves At Any Size

April 24, 2014  |  

Garcelle Beauvais is absolutely gorgeous and in my opinion, epitomizes what it means to age gracefully. So it’s not surprising that the 47-year-old beauty snagged a spot on People’s 2014 World’s Most Beautiful People list. While chatting with the publication, the mother of three revealed how she manages to keep it all together.

“You know, I think a lot of it has to do with the genes I was born into,” she explained. “I think it’s 80% that and the rest is that I maintain it.”

While she admits that she does watch what she eats, the former “Jamie Foxx Show” actress says that she doesn’t deprive herself.

“I try to eat healthy, but I don’t go crazy or anything. I really do believe that it’s a balance. If I’m with my kids and it’s pizza night, I am having a couple of slices of pizza, for sure. And then the next day I’ll have something a little healthier. I really think it’s a balance and also, it comes from within.”

According to Garcelle, beauty is also about establishing emotional wellness.

“I have to say that I think I’m at peace right now in my life. I’ve been through a lot and I’ve come out on the other side of it. I think it’s how I’ve been able to forgive and grow and empower and be aware. I think all of that stuff has got to help inside somehow.”

She also touched on women and the increasing pressure that they face to be thin.

“I think you’ve got to work with what you’ve got. I think that’s really a lot of it. We stress out over what size is on the label. I think if it fits, I don’t care if it’s a 10 or if it’s a 6 or if it’s an 8. No one is going to see that but me. So if it fits well, I think it’s all about tailoring and wearing something that suits your body—whether it makes you look thinner, younger, happier.

As for how she maintains her weight as she gets older:

“As you get older, the weight thing becomes a little harder to maintain. I eat well, but I also have Oreo cookies. That’s like my weakness. I think it’s a balance and I work out. I’ll do Pilates. I’ll do the treadmill.”

Whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it well.

Watch Garcelle’s interview below.


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