Brooklyn Decker is not only the current Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover-model, but also (incase you were unsure whether or not being the SI cover-girl made you the sexiest woman alive), the reigning queen of Esquire magazine’s 2010 Sexiest Woman Alive bracket challenge too. Just a killer body and gorgeous face, though, she is not. Rather, the model and actress is also funny, smart and talented. (She even has a starring role in the upcoming film Just Go With It, co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and Nicole Kidman – and that’s not a shabby crowd to be surrounded by.) Oh, and she’s married to Andy Roddick. Trust us, we wanted to hate her too – but really, you can’t, because on top of it all she’s one of the nicest people we know – making hating her nothing short of impossible.
Moreover, she’s as humble, honest and open-hearted as they come and believes in Real Beauty through and through. (She even participates in The Beauty Bean’s Makeup Free Mondays!) Needless to say, it was a no-brainer to name her The Beauty Bean’s Real Beauty.
So, we sat down with Brooklyn Decker and asked her to weigh in on Real Beauty.
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
EVERYTHING that makes a woman unique. Whether it be a crooked smile, or freckles, or just a contagious laugh. I love the little things that make women special.
How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I think its something every woman struggles with; I think the biggest thing is that we as women should try to be the best versions of ourselves, not fit into a mold. I know I’m very lucky, but I have been criticized by my crazy business and it took me a while to realize that I couldn’t transform myself into something I wasn’t. I had to embrace what made me “me” and really learn to just appreciate and try to improve what I already had.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Less is more! Girls when they are young go CRAZY with products, and when you are young, that’s when you have the most clear pure looks.. I’d tell all the youngins to back off the makeup… Then again, I take that back… when you are young, that’s the time to experiment…even if it’s horrible, you get a good laugh later in life when you look back! So hey, go crazy! Why not??
What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Cetaphil face wash! It took me years to find something for my ever-evolving skin. This is perfect. It strips my face of makeup, but I’m not left with that cracky dry feeling and my skin is clearer than ever with it! Plus, it’s perfect pre-Makeup Free Mondays, which I participate in whenever I can. It’s just nice because women can feel part of a united movement that embraces natural beauty! Besides, I have to have a lot of make up on for work most days… so that one day off gives my skin room to breathe. It’s so fresh and freeing.