Skip to comments.Jamie Lee Curtis: Before & After Pics
Posted on 08/27/2002 7:28:19 AM PDT by SlickWillard
MORE magazine's True Thighs
By Amy Wallace
Jamie Lee Curtis wants you to know the difference between celebrity illusion and all-too-real life.
Jamie Lee as she really is -- no
lights, no makeup, no retouching.
Photo: More magazine
Jamie Lee Curtis wants to expose herself to you. It is, she says, the only way to make things right.
Look at her, traipsing around a whitewashed Los Angeles photo studio in nothing but a sports bra and tight spandex briefs. But don't let the swagger fool you: She knows she's taking a risk. The 43-year-old movie star has certainly showed more skin in the past than she's flashing right now. But in a very real way, she's never been more naked.
"There's a reality to the way I look without my clothes on," she says. "I don't have great thighs. I have very big breasts and a soft, fatty little tummy. And I've got back fat. People assume that I'm walking around in little spaghetti-strap dresses. It's insidious -- Glam Jamie, the Perfect Jamie, the great figure, blah, blah, blah. And I don't want the unsuspecting 40-year-old women of the world to think that I've got it going on. It's such a fraud. And I'm the one perpetuating it."
But not anymore. In an age when divas often use their clout to nix unflattering photos in magazines, Curtis has demanded the opposite: Glam Jamie will pose only if Real Jamie gets equal time. She even knows what this article should be titled. "True Thighs," she declares.
A glam Jamie gets some help.
Photo: More magazine
She knows that her body, held up as an icon of female perfection in movies such as, well, Perfect, has made some women think that they don't measure up. She knows how that feels -- not being good enough. The daughter of two members of Hollywood royalty, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, this actress has struggled with feelings of inadequacy all her life. In youth-obsessed Hollywood, where the dearth of good roles for women over 28 is a constant lament, it's a ballsy move to admit your age at all -- let alone revel in it. But Curtis is seeking something bigger than her next acting job. She wants to feel at peace with her flaws, her genes.
This is not the first time that Curtis' work has led her to make changes in her life. In 1999, after writing her third children's book, it occurred to her that, even as she was urging kids to pay attention to their feelings, she had difficulty expressing her own. The result: She quit drinking and ended a lengthy addiction to painkillers that she said began when she was recovering from plastic surgery. Yes, that's right: Curtis is a veteran of the nip-and-tuck.
"I've done it all," she says....
To read the complete article and learn everything you ever wanted to know about Jamie Lee Curtis, see the September issue of more magazine, which hits newsstands on August 27.
She's a great woman and BTW she wrote a great book for children, which I bought for my girl child who happens to be in her 20s and loved the book.
Amen. It is pointless to continually hold people to an unrealistic standard of appearance.
Quite a few years ago now, there was a great spot shown often during kids' cartoons (I forget whether it was Saturday morning, or Nicholodeon, or what), which showed an average-looking young girl (about 13-14, maybe) looking wistfully at a magazine glamour photo she had clipped and taped to her mirror. She sighed and said to the model in the photo, "I'll never look like you..."
A voice from behind her said, "I wouldn't be too sure..." The girl turns around and sees a pleasant-but-not-stunning looking mid-20's woman speaking. "Who are you?", asks the girl. "I'm her", says the woman, pointing to the glamour photo.
The girl looks at the perfect creature in the photo, then at the ordinary woman, and says, "no way!".
Then in the course of the next 30 seconds, they show the woman being heavily made up, primped, hair styled, taped and squeezed, dressed in fancy clothes, carefully posed and lighted, photographed through a filter, and then the photo retouched to produce the artificially flawless glamour shot.
Then the woman says, "This is the real me -- that [pointing at the glamour photo].. just an illusion".
I thought it was a nice way to reassure kids (and adults too, for that matter) that no one actually looks as good as the magazine photos and movie scenes. No one should feel bad about looking "normal". Even the "stars" look pretty ordinary in person (or worse -- ever see some of the "without their makeup" candid celebrity photos?) I've also seen three Playboy centerfolds in person, and they were definitely *not* as jaw-dropping in real life as they were in their magazine photos. They looked surprisingly "girl next door", actually, and they wouldn't have turned heads walking down a street.
It's good to see JLC making the same point, and being so honest about it.
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