Brooke Shields explains how her daughters gave her the body confidence to still wear bikinis: ‘Women over 50 are not done’

  • Brooke Shields revealed in a new interview that her teenage daughters have given her the confidence to wear bikinis at age 55. 
  • "I was wearing those big bathing suits that had as much fabric as possible," Shields told People magazine. "My daughters were like, 'Mom, it's ridiculous.'" 
  • The actress said she was able to see herself through her daughters' eyes, and appreciate her own body. 
  • "Being 55 and saying 'Wait a minute, women over 50 are not done,'" Shields said. 
  • "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. 
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Brooke Shields revealed in a new interview that her teenage daughters gave her the confidence to wear bikinis and show off her athletic physique at age 55. 

"I was wearing those big bathing suits that had as much fabric as possible. My daughters were like, 'Mom, it's ridiculous,'" the model and actress told People magazine. 

Shields said that her daughters Rowan, 17, and Grier, 14, helped her appreciate parts of her body that she "would never want to focus on in my life." 

"Being 55 and saying 'Wait a minute, women over 50 are not done,'" Shields said. "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." 

According to Shields, working out at home during the coronavirus pandemic helped her appreciate her body more. 

"I was never skinny. I was always athletic which means you don't fit in the sample sizes," she said. 

"My daughters say I'm curvy. To them curvy is different. I watch them celebrate it," Shields continued. "I'm learning from them and they always say you're better off with something that shows your body rather than a muumuu." 

Shields said that her daughters encouraged her to start posting bikini pictures on Instagram, but that it wasn't easy getting her confidence back.  

"Listen, I work hard at it. Every day, this summer I worked out. I kind of earned my confidence," she told People. "I'm still going to get the right angle, mind you. And lighting." 

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This isn't the first time Shields has spoken up about her struggles with body image and confidence. 

In July, the model said that working out during quarantine was a "daily struggle," but that it helped her appreciate her strength and her body more. 

"The wanting to eat and wanting to drink is very real as well," she added. "So I try to negotiate because I don't want to stop any of the things that I really like to do." 

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