Lacey Schwimmer is one of the most highly recognized dancers today. And for good reason. She’s not only participated in five seasons of Dancing with the Stars (where you’ve seen her dance with everyone from ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass to Iron Chef America host Mark Dacascos) but also was a Top 4 Finalists on the 2007 season of So You Think You Can Dance. Lacey, though, doesn’t just dance with the stars; she is a star – and not just for the obvious reasons (celebrity status, high-profile career… you get the idea!). Rather, Lacey is a star – and a Real Beauty – because of her openness, honesty and desire to help others, especially with regard to her previous struggles with an eating disorder, something near and dear to our hearts over here at The Beauty Bean.
So, we sat down with Lacey Schwimmer to talk about Real Beauty.
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Individuality. I hate carbon copies or robots, be yourself!
When do you feel most beautiful?
After a hot bath, no makeup, no tan just me.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to try new things! I always play with makeup and hair and clothes. Have fun!
What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Sugar chap stick from Sephora. Always in my bag!
Who is your beauty role model?
You’ve spoken previously about your prior eating issues, how has your ability to love your body and treat it well changed over time?
Maturity, as a child you are so easily influenced by others, now I think and feel for myself.
How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I think it’s ridiculous, as long as you eat right and are active you are beautiful!
Are there any tips you have for other women struggling to love their bodies?
I always try to pick out positives!
How does dancing (particularly in such revealing outfits) make you feel about your body or contribute to your progress? Do you appreciate what it can do more? Or do you find yourself being critical?
I love it when I dance- I feel sexy and can express myself with movement.
What do you wish you knew about your body earlier?
Curves are amazing to have as a woman!