Eva Mendes graces the cover of Marie Claire’s March 2012 issue wearing a bejeweled Dolce & Gabbana ensemble. Inside, she discusses her body image and her actress idols.
On body image: “It doesn’t matter what you have or what you look like. It’s something everyone has to work at. I realize I have contributed to a certain happy, healthy, empowered image, but that’s not all of me. I feel it’s important to let women know that I have similar struggles. What I tell girls is what they don’t like about themselves now, they will probably end up loving as an adult, because that’s what happened to me. When I am complimented on things that I didn’t like when I was 13, like my overbite and my mole, that’s when you realize that your imperfections are why people love you.”
On her actress idols, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening: “I have a girl crush on them. I’d kill to have half the careers they’ve had after 40.”
Also inside the March 2012 issue: a spring fashion report and budget-friendly beauty picks. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on February 14 or head to MarieClaire.com.