Those legs. Legs, Legs, Legs. For the first few minutes of chatting with Ciara, it was all I could look at. They literally went on forever. And they were strong. Then, of course, I noticed her flawless skin, picture perfect hair and toned body before snapping myself back to the purpose of our chat: Real Beauty. Not the superficial, let me compare my body/skin/hair/nails/teeth/everything (not even to mention her incredible voice) to hers (in a very un-Beauty Bean like way)… No, we were here to talk about Real Beauty – and while I was initially enamored by her superficial (natural) beauty, Ciara is by all accounts a Real Beauty too. With class and humility, her kindness shown through her gorgeous exterior revealing a true beauty within. That being said, we couldn’t wait to ask her beauty secrets! (Read on to find out!)

We sat down with Ciara and asked her to weigh in on Real Beauty…

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Of course the classic line is what’s on the inside. You know, it really does start with you and your own confidence. You know what I mean? That’s what makes you beautiful. And then, of course, your own style is what makes you beautiful.

How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
Oh my gosh. Let me tell you. That body thing sometimes can drive me insane, honestly. But I just try to do my best to know that I’m being the best that I can be. And that’s good enough. You know, sometimes people can make you feel like you have to be perfect and you have to be this and it’s kinda like, look: I’m human, and we’re all human, we’re not perfect at all, we’ll never be perfect. But we can have our own kind of perfect. So, for me, I just like to embrace what I have and just not worry. It’s too much.

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If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to drink all the water you can drink. And I would really tell myself that the beauty really comes from within. You know, we’re all made differently, and sometimes we can look at other people and say, “oh my gosh, I want ot be like her, I want a body like hers,” and we beat ourselves up because it’s not like that and you have to understand that your unique design and build is really your own unique design. And you got to embrace that. And I would just say that.

What is your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Water! I drink lots of water! I also wash my face two times a day, use Vitamin C serum on my face and I also use a sunscreen/face moisturizer. I love Skinceuticals products.

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Who is your beauty role model?
Halle Berry!

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