Skip Nav
Intermediate Workouts
Incinerate Fat and Build Muscle With This Kickass Printable Workout
Healthy Recipes
Eat Like a Cavewoman: 42 Perfectly Paleo Recipes
Healthy Eating Tips
Nutritionists Reveal What to Eat at Lunchtime to Lose Weight

Angelina Jolie: Why Such Veiny Arms?

Angelina is always in the media spotlight for one reason or another. What is it this week?

Her veiny arms. Yup, and the Daily Mail is reporting that her workout routine may be the culprit.

That sounds about right as bulging veins can be caused by weight-bearing exercises. This bulging vein process, known as filtration, causes a swelling and hardening of the muscle that is noticed during exercise. As a result of this swelling, the veins are pushed toward the skin surface and appear to bulge. These veins are more visible in persons with less fat, like Angelina. This bulging has been found to be neither good nor bad but simply a result of some bodies normal way function when working out.

If you don't have a lot of body fat and do a lot of exercise (like Angelina claims) then the fat gets stripped away and the veins become exposed. Think about all the veiny body builders out there – same concept.

So no big reason to worry, just not so pretty on such an amazing woman!


Join The Conversation
parafidiumliquidium parafidiumliquidium 5 years
Its common in women with a Mediterranean background. I am italian, and I have this "problem" all it says to others (because they have commented) "Fit, healthy woman with good circulation" I don't think it's gross at all, I don't know any person who actually knows about fitness and how the body works that would view it as "gross" Generally people are ignorant and think you "shoot up" LOL so ridiculous. I'd rather have veiny arms than armpit and back fat :)
tanler tanler 5 years
Angelina Jolie has very prominent vascularity because it is a common genetic trait in German women (visit Germany) and her ancestry is German. In Germany it is no big deal. Tanler
arm arm 8 years
I find arm veins a big turn on. I look for them in every day situations. They, along with an attractive look, are my biggest thrill.
laughitoff laughitoff 10 years She's UBER skinny! i'm scared for her. she is clearly anorexic or something. I would know. I wish her the best.
Blondieforever Blondieforever 10 years
It doesn't necessarily come from low body fat. I have 7% body fat and while I have visible veins, they aren't as visible as hers.
Blondieforever Blondieforever 10 years
She could just have really thin skin.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
She just needs to EAT. She can afford to gain 10 or 15 pounds.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I read somewhere that when you are anorexic or bulemic then your hands can get all veiney and old lookin' and you'll also look like your head is gigantic..which clearly her head and face don't even look like it goes with her body. I like her, I hope she gets the whole eating thing right.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
that's nasty -- she's way too thin!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
See, even the ugliest physical traits can pop up on the most athletic, sleek bodies. That's like having too much flab spilling out of spots where it shouldn't be.
katie225 katie225 10 years
omg, ew, ew, ew, ew! i hate veins! hate them, hate them, hate them! i'm not afraid of blood at all, it's the idea of veins that freak me out! when my sister was having a baby, i was with her when they put the IV in, and i became lightheaded and almost fainted! i'm so glad for my little bit of extra fat now!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
she still looks hot.........Brad loves her.
head-sparkler head-sparkler 10 years
Absolutely, it's entirely "normal" (yikes) and not to be considered unattractive! We veiny girls have to stick together :)
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
My arms are like AJ. We just have big veins.....she still looks great.
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
Both me and my mom have veiny arms, and especially hands! We are thin nor fat, and we both have very different exercise habits so I think it's just something you're born with (or not).
samborasdoll samborasdoll 10 years
oh please i would pay good money to look like angie.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
It's probably partly genetic. Everyone in my family has bulging veins and it is more obvious on the leaner people. Also, not everyone in my family works out so it may not be exercise. I notice that mine bulge more after doing push ups. It's gross. “I can’t stand those articles where people spill their life story. After a while I feel like I know more about them than their best friend does — and that’s weird. It’s better when you don’t know everything.” -Scarlett Johannson
Neural Neural 10 years
They creep me out but I don't think they look that bad all the time.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Drug use wouldnt make all of your veins pop out like that. A lot of it is genetics and health (exercise and water)
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
It's genetics and a low body fat percentage. I think they're lovely.
Celebrity Tattoo Pictures
How Did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Meet?
Gisele Bundchen Wearing a White Suit
Angelina Jolie Everlane T-Shirt With Suit
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds