Julianne Hough Was Told She Was “Fat Every Day” When She Was at Her “Skinniest”
Julianne Hough is getting real honest about her past body struggles.
The Dancing With the Stars judge had to regain her body confidence over the years after being told she was fat during a film.
Though she’s come out the other side more accepting of herself than ever, she still struggles like everybody else.
“I was very self-accepting growing up, then something switched in middle school. I would compare myself to everyone,” the actress told Redbook.
“And later I did a film where I basically was told I was fat every day, yet I was the skinniest I’d ever been.”
Now that she’s older, the 29-year-old has a trick to stop her from thinking negatively about her body.
“Now, when I’m self-conscious, I’ll do something completely crazy or goofy to get out of my own headspace — something fun that reminds me of the freedom I felt as a kid before all that happened.”
She’s also learned how to be more accepting of herself through her husband, Brooks Laich.
“When Brooks and I first started dating and we would take a picture, he would show it to me and I’d be like, ‘Oh, God, let’s take it again,’” she shared.
“He once said, ‘Every time you look at a photo, you put it down right away instead of seeing the good in it.’ So now when I see a picture, even if I don’t like it, I try to find something positive.”
And, while filming her role as ‘50s pin-up girl and trainer Betty Weider, the Safe Haven star started appreciating her new body.
“Women in that era had bigger hips and bigger busts. I don’t naturally have that hourglass shape — I’m more elongated and square, to be honest,” she confessed.
“Basically, I cut down on my cardio and was lifting a lot of weights. And if I wanted an extra bit of ice cream that day, I would eat it and it would go right to my hips.”
She continued, “I was FaceTiming with Brooks this morning, and I was like, ‘Look. My butt’s bigger, my boobs are bigger, my waist is smaller.’ It’s kind of nice!”
We think you look awesome no matter what, Julianne!