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The Evolution of Health & Beauty in Hollywood


As an E! News correspondent, Ashlan Gorse is usually the one asking all the questions but when she stopped by the SHAPE office we had just a few inquiries for her. Considering she’s been talking to top celebrities for years we figured she must have the inside scoop on the evolution of health and beauty in Hollywood. She did, and we liked what she had to say.

It’s no secret that years ago celebs smoked to stay slim, then there was the low-carb craze, and juicing but we’re happy to hear these days there’s an emphasis on eating local, organic, in season foods. Gorse finds that she, and A-list actors, are giving up the Lean Cuisines and fat-free frozen foods of the past for seasonal produce and free-range, grass-fed meats. Gorse’s favorite meal includes free-range, grass-fed bison with herbs de Provence cooked on the grill served with sliced onion and tomatoes, and a baked potato. 

The E! host also sees actors adding variety to their fitness routines in ways that people didn’t in the past. A few years back, everyone on the A-list seemed to be jumping on the yoga bandwagon but even actors like Jennifer Aniston, a famously devoted yogi, is striking a balance by including yoga, Pilates, and running into her routine these days. Gorse doesn’t love the gym herself but she power walks with her Siberian husky 45 minutes everyday and incorporates fitness into her daily life with activities like yard work, hiking, and the occasional elliptical workout while watching Game of Thrones.

Another change Gorse sees in Hollywood is a move away from super skinny women to a celebration of curvaceous bodies like Sophia Vergara, the Kardashians, and Christina Hendricks. “When you look at women and what’s sexy right now, I feel like we’re finally back to a curvaceous healthy body rather than just skinny with fake boobs. People don’t just want to be thin. They want to be curvy,” says Gorse. 

We’re glad to hear Hollywood in embracing more female body types and we love that Gorse embraces her own. At 5’11,” the E! correspondent is often taller and larger than even the men she interviews saying, “I mean, I have to stand next to Ryan Seacrest every once in a while. We probably weigh the same and he’s a dude!” So how does Gorse handle the situation? “I think: I’m tall, this is the body I was given and I’m going to roll with it. Not everyone can look the same so as long as you look the best that you can look and you feel good, that’s all that matters.” Love it!

What do you think? Do you see Hollywood embracing more body types celebrating curves more than ever? How do you achieve body confidence in challenging situations—even if you never have to interview some of the most gorgeous women in the world?

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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