Yesterday, on Geraldo at Large, actress/model Daisy Fuentes shared with the Fox News talk show host her new focus in life: positive body image. Fuentes told Geraldo that she was saddened by how – she believes – losing weight has become more about a competition between women than looking attractive to the opposite sex. Most of the men that I’ve spoken to, continues Fuentes, are not attracted to extremely thin women anyway.
She also graces the cover of the September issue of Fitness Magazine as their first Mind, Body Spirit ‘Superstar’ – to help bring awareness and change to women’s health causes, including healthy weight loss and body image.
Fitness: Do you think our society has an obsession with thinness?
Daisy: Yeah. There was a time when I was caught up in it too. I had to stop myself from saying, “I’m fat.” It’s not good for your self-esteem, and it’s not good for the people around you. I see moms with little girls who say, “I’m fat. I can’t eat that.” We need to stop doing that. We have to set an example for younger girls.
Fuentes goes on to say that she is a “big supporter of charities that boost girls’ self-esteem,” especially Girls on the Run, a group that “helps preteens develop healthy lifestyles through running” (one of Daisy’s favorite forms of exercise).
Daisy Fuentes also doesn’t believe in diets. For example, to prepare for the Fitness Magazine cover photo shoot, Daisy said she ‘didn’t obsess about calories,’ and ‘just made sure all the basic food groups’ were a part of her healthy eating lifestyle in addition to circuit training.
“I try to make healthy choices…I’ve learned to eat just until I’m satisfied,” says Fuentes.
She goes on to talk about the effect of the pressure to be thin on Latinos in particular. In her interview in Fitness magazine, Fuentes discusses the conflict many Hispanic women feel about their natural – and sometimes more ‘curvier’ – body shape.
“There’s a part of you that really wants to embrace your curves, then there’s society saying no one likes curves. It takes someone as confident as Jennifer Lopez to turn a body part that’s often considered a flaw into something hot. The lesson?” says Fuentes. “Stop listening to society and focus on yourself. “
When asked what the future might bring for Hispanic women, Fuentes says that she sees a ‘multicultural celebration of body image’ going on and that she’s happy ‘that we’re all starting to see how beauty shines through no matter what you look like.’