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Jewel Covers Shape Magazine: I Was a Chubby Renee Zellwegger

Jewel Covers Shape: "I Was Labeled the 'Chubby Renée Zellweger'"

Singer/songwriter Jewel has the Summer nautical look down on this month's cover of Shape — she also looks incredibly healthy and fit! In the issue, the musical star, 35, shares her go-to ab routine and confesses that she also works out to fitness DVDs. After dealing with years of media scrutiny and self-medicating herself with food, Jewel finally got control of her life and learned to live happily and healthily. Here are the highlights:

  • On body acceptance: "I've always had to strive for balance when it comes to my health . . . One thing I've figured out over the years is, the happier I am, the better my body feels."
  • On rejecting standards of beauty: "I had to remind myself that standards of beauty are very fickle. One minute J. Lo's body is considered beautiful, and the next everyone wants to look like Kate Moss. I'm all for people wanting to feel more confident, but altering your body to fit a current trend is serious stuff."

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  • On why she doesn't diet: "I try to stay away from an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food. It's like a pendulum. The more extreme I am — like saying, 'I'm not going to eat any carbs' — the further it's going to swing to the other side and I'm going to binge."
  • On her eating habits: ". . . A lot of raw vegetables or bitter greens, like kale and dandelion greens, lightly sautéed in olive oil. People are so fat-phobic these days, but eating good fats is important, which is why I always try to get some olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado into whatever I'm making."
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HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 5 years
I like shape magazine and think there is nothing wrong having slim/thin models, as long as they have definition and muscle. Jewel looks NOTHING like Kate Moss, and frankly Kate Moss is not that emaciated in comparison with runway models. Anyway who cares- if you saw someone who was 300 pounds but "fit" would you feel motivated to work out? Studies say we wouldn't, because we gravitate towards things,idea, and concepts we want for ourselves. Anyway, why is Jewel relevant to society right now. I liked her back in the 90's, but now?????
lwimbush lwimbush 5 years
"I had to remind myself that standards of beauty are very fickle. One minute J. Lo's body is considered beautiful, and the next everyone wants to look like Kate Moss." SOO true
Meowphotog Meowphotog 5 years
I love Jewel. She is a talented woman with a great attitude. Why can't we just enjoy that about her and break away from what she looks like? And I do not like Shape magazine.... they always promote a healthy lifestyle but their magazine is littered with ridiculous ads with diet pills and other dieting aids.... give me a break.
pixiedusk pixiedusk 5 years
is this her? she changed a lot!
stevaenro18 stevaenro18 5 years
Major brands always give out their popular brand samples (in a way it is similar to coupons) I alway use qualityhealth to get mine enjoy your free samples
bryseana bryseana 5 years
I love Jewel's music and her attitude. And she's never been chubby. Who ever called her that is seriously disturbed.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I can't stand magazines like this. The hypocrisy between the cover and Jewel's "body acceptance". The instant weight loss tips and beauty tricks, which will never really work because then they wouldn't have 101 more tips to include in next month's issue. There is no quick fix for your health and well-being. Waste of resources. (end of rant)
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I like her attitude, but WHY does Shape always Photoshop their cover models' boobs to the point where they look absolutely ridiculous??
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