Mary Carillo: On Real Beauty

If you’ve been watching Wimbledon this past week (if not, you’ve got another week to go!), you’ve undoubtedly seen Mary Carillo calling the shots – literally – as a commentator for ESPN. The former professional tennis player (who retired due to knee injuries), now sits both on the sidelines and in the studios, having parlayed a successful run as a professional athlete into an even more successful career on the other side of the lens.

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In what usually feels like an old-boys-club, Carillo has won some serious accolades. She was named Best Commentator by Tennis Magazine, Best Commentator by World Tennis Magazine and Broadcaster of the Year by the WTA – twice. She was named the 2007 WISE Woman of the Year and even won 2 Peobody Awards (one for the HBO documentary “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer,” the other for co-writing the HBO documentary “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports”), and won an Emmy Award for her work on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Her intellect is tangible, her strength palpable and her confidence worthy of admiration. As an on-screen sports commentator, she is undeniably physically attractive, but it is her inner beauty that we see shine through.

So, we sat down with Mary Carillo and asked her to weigh in on real beauty.

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
The most beautiful people I know look great without a lot of artifice- they’re strong and opinionated and know exactly who they are and what they believe in, and compromise as little as possible. There is nothing more beautiful to me than a nimble, active, curious mind.  Phony looks are a total turn-off to me,  and people who try to spin the truth and be someone they’re not, on the inside and outside, are in a zero sum game with themselves.

How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I don’t feel outside pressure for perfection in this culture.  I don’t happen to share most people’s ideas of perfection and beauty. I just try to be true to myself… I’ve got knees made of glass- four surgeries keep me from exercising much at all- but I walk everywhere, ride my bike a lot and play tennis every now and then.

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If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Just try to be true to myself…

What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
I am as low maintenance a person as I know- I have no daily/weekly regimens to speak of, and only wear makeup when I’m on the air; otherwise it’s a little mascara and lip gloss, jeans and tee -shirt.  I don’t drink much alcohol and almost no meat, don’t take drugs, and I love sleeping- get about 10 hours a night as much as I’m able….

Another TV personality weighs in too. See what Lara Spencer says here!

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