We come in many different shapes and sizes, and we need to support each other and our differences. Our beauty is in our differences.
Exposing any subject that is unpleasant or controversial means risking judgment and making some people feel uncomfortable.
My own path towards wellness has been a long and dynamic one. It's taught me that healing from the inside out takes time and there can be great value in various sources of guidance.
My daughters, your daughters, our daughters deserve safety, protection, and the freedom to make their own choices about their personal lives and their physical selves.
I'm proud that today, at 43 years old, I've come to value the aging process and focus on inner rather than outer beauty.
I believe that as women, we must commit ourselves to sustaining the progress made by our foremothers who fought so hard for women's equality and liberation.
Eating disorders, body dysmorphia and a general dissatisfaction with one's life and body seems to ail too many young people.
I've found that balance is key. I'm no longer an extremist in any one direction.
I was in a sushi bar and it dawned on me - how could I discriminate between a cow and a fish?
You have to find a balance with food in your life - you can't take out food. It can be absolutely terrifying.
Motherhood has brought me many joys and insights, but the new perspective it granted me on the role I had inadvertently played in young women's lives for the 2 decades I spent in the modeling industry was downright sobering.
I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling. My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin.
There is nothing more attractive that a woman who is sure of herself.
I did some great work with my Calvin Klein ads on the motorcycle. It was really groundbreaking because people hadn't seen a woman actually riding a motorcycle before.
I grew up on antibiotics. Every ailment - sore throats, earaches, flus - warranted a trip to the doctor and in most cases some kind of prescription.
I was essentially paid to perpetuate the myth that we are all, or should at least try to be, 17 and a size 2 forever.
I've learned to surround myself with women who lift me up and leave me feeling nurtured rather than drained.
There comes a moment as a parent when you realize you will no longer be the center of your child's universe.
My weight fluctuated when I was 30, and I did the unthinkable - I stepped out as a plus-sized model.
Just as young people absorb all kinds of messages from the media, young girls learn what it means to be a woman by watching the older women in their lives.
But I would assert that despite the wide variety of yoga options and individual preferences, there is one universal element: the union of consciousness and movement, breath and awareness.
I feel like it's my responsibility to honestly cover a lot of subjects in part because I have two little girls and I really want them when they grow up to have a voice.
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother. I am a friend of women and I am their advocate.
I was born in 1968, just eighteen months after my sister Chrisse and just one year after Dad passed the bar exam.
I am not naturally that thin, so I had to go through everything from using drugs to diet pills to laxatives to fasting. Those were my main ways of controlling my weight.
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