NEWSTANDS: May 2010
MODELS: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi, Regina Hall, Jessica Capshaw
PHOTOGRAPHER: Norman Jean Roy
NOTES: The clothes came off; the courage came out. Learn what these stars, including Emmanuelle Chriqui, Colbie Caillat, and Kara DioGuardi, had to say about their bodies, their workouts, and what it felt like to drop the robe. For more on their revealing interviews, pick up the May issue of Allure, on newsstands April 20.
“This shoot was less about beauty than about taking a risk and showing people a side of me they never have seen,” says the American Idol judge. She was proud to have the confidence to strip down for the camera after struggling with binge eating and depression in her early 20s. “Back then I was a size 6 or 8; now I’m more like a size 2. Food is not what I use to anesthetize myself anymore.” She didn’t diet or work out like a maniac in preparation, but she did make one change: cutting way back on salt. “I can really retain water,” she says.
Some actresses diet for weeks before showing skin; Hall ate a candy bar on the way to this shoot. But the Death at a Funeral actress’s exercise routine was hard-core enough to make up for indulgences. “I’ve been doing Ashtanga five days a week since the beginning of January. Next year, nothing is going to look any better or stand any higher!”
“Some women want bigger breasts,” says the Entourage actress. “But [I wish] I could have had a dancer’s body. I sometimes wear plunging necklines because they make me feel smaller.” At the shoot, she was on day four of a ten-day organic-food “cleanse.” The point wasn’t to drop pounds. “It’s not about losing weight. I didn’t want to feel freaked out about today, so I consciously kept focusing on excitement.”
Capshaw doesn’t see herself as supersexy. “I was always the girl who had that baby face,” she says. “I was never a rail-thin person.” On Grey’s Anatomy, Capshaw plays the girlfriend of a female surgeon—a role that, naturally, includes filming love scenes. So we had to ask her to compare. “In a love scene with a woman, we’re able to share our neuroses or insecurities more readily,” she says “I don’t think with a man you’d speak with the same awareness.”
No two ways about it: Caillat was nervous about this shoot. She brought a bottle of wine in case she needed liquid courage (she didn’t, in the end) and stayed covered till the last second: She wore flesh-tone underwear until she was positioned. “When we were sure nothing was showing, they snipped it off.” Her attitude carried her through. “I worried that it might make [my younger fans] think I was changing somehow. I hope they think to themselves, Yeah, she’s showing a woman’s body, and it’s beautiful.”