Brooke Shields has opened up about how her teenage daughters encouraged her to flaunt her figure in a bikini at the age of 55 after they noticed she was trying to hide her body come swimsuit season.
The actress has been proudly showing off her physique and her at-home workouts that have kept her trimmed and toned during the pandemic, but she admitted it was her daughters Rowan, 17, and Grier, 14, who helped build her self-confidence.
‘I was wearing those big bathing suits that had as much fabric as possible,’ she told People. ‘My daughters were like, “Mom, it’s ridiculous.” It was sort of seeing myself through their eyes and just celebrating things like my butt. Things I just would never want to focus on in my life. Being 55 and saying, “Wait a minute, women over 50 are not done.”‘
Looking good! Brooke Shields, 55, has opened up about how her teenage daughters helped her find the confidence to wear a bikini in her 50s
Good advice: The actress’s daughters Rowan, 17, and Grier, 14, told her it was ‘ridiculous’ that she was hiding her body in ‘big bathing suits’ and encouraged her to show off her figure
‘If you’re that age, especially if you are an actress, it’s like, “You’ve had your career, relax,” but I think I’m just starting,’ she added.
Brooke, who started modeling at just 11 months old, is looking to get back in front of the camera for a ‘fresh start’ and recently signed with IMG Models.
The icon made her debut on the cover of Vogue in 1980 when she was just 14 years old. That same year, she starred in her famous Calvin Klein jeans campaign, which was shot and directed by photographer Richard Avedon.
Although she has always been lauded for her beauty and enviable figure, Brooke explained that she ‘wasn’t in touch with [her] body’ in her modeling days and would avoid looking at it.
‘I was never skinny,’ the cover star noted. ‘I was always athletic which means you don’t fit in the sample sizes. My daughters say I’m curvy. To them curvy is different. I watch them celebrate it.
Looking back: Brooke, pictured on the cover of Self in 1988, said her athletic body never fit into sample sizes when she was a young model. Now, her daughters tell her she is ‘curvy’
Cover star: Brooke recently signed with IMG models and feels her decades-long career is ‘just starting’
‘I’m learning from them and they always say you’re better off with something that shows your body rather than a muumuu.’
Brooke said her personal trainer Ngo Okafor also taught her an important lesson about body-positivity and putting herself down — even in a humorous way.
‘He said, “You’ve been coming to the gym and you make yourself smaller. Stop it.” He just had a baby girl, and he said, “I’m never going to tell my daughter to dim her light,”‘ she recalled.
‘He told me, “You’ve started to believe all your self-deprecation.’ And that was the basis for all my humor,’ she admitted. ‘And it was like you’re right. I don’t want my girls to do that. Just think of how great it would be if we can all feel this larger than life energy.’
Working out has become an outlet for Brooke, and following the nationwide coronavirus shutdowns that started in March, she started posting videos of her home workouts — and her toned physique — on her Instagram page.
Role model” Brooke’s personal trainer Ngo Okafor recently told her she has started to believe her self-deprecation and warned her not to put herself down — even in a humorous way
Keeping fit in quarantine: Brooke has been proudly showing off her physique and her at-home workouts on her Instagram page thanks to Rowan and Grier’s encouragement
Strike a pose: Brooke said she has ‘earned’ her confidence, noting that she worked out every day this summer
‘Listen, I work hard at it. Every day, this summer I worked out. I kind of earned my confidence,’ she said, adding: ‘I’m still going to get the right angle, mind you. And lighting.’
Last year, Brooke signed on with SculpSure and started getting the FDA-cleared body contouring laser treatments, which target ‘pockets of fat’ that can’t always be trimmed down with healthy eating and exercise alone.
‘I work out a lot and I always try to stay really fit and really healthy — it’s a lot of work,’ she told People at the time.
‘And the older you get, the harder it is. There are some spots that no matter what I did, no matter how much weight I lost, they were still there.
‘They caused me to be insecure, and for all of the hard work that I was doing, that was really frustrating to me.’
The workouts and body contouring laser treatments have proven to be a winning strategy for the seemingly ageless actress, who looks just as good in a bikini as she did in the ’80s.