After years of scrutiny, America Ferrera is ready to embrace her curves!
The Ugly Betty star has been very open about her weight loss and body image issues in the past, but it seems like her recent birthday was the inspiration she needed to finally ignore the haters.
“At 33, I finally understand that my body is a miracle! After too many years of criticizing, punishing, depriving, or neglecting my body for what it isn’t, I’m attempting to love it unapologetically as it is,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you body for 33 years of standing with me even when I wasn’t on your side. I promise from here on out to stand by you and face down all the criticism and bulls–t distractions (inner & outer), so that we can move beyond beautiful and get to the business of living!”
America is looking better than ever, keeping off the more than 30 pounds she dropped a few years ago, but the Honduran beauty has always been a role model for young women.
Back in 2012, she reminded young girls to focus on their passions and not their clothing size.
“How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world,” she told Cosmopolitan for Latinas, “and get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!”
America in 2004 vs. 2015
Today, America has shifted her focus from acting to more political issues — kicking off the women’s march earlier this year with an inspirational speech.
“It’s been a heart-wrenching time to be a woman and an immigrant in this country ― a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday,” she said. “But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America.”
She continued, “We are gathered here and across the country and around the world today to say, Mr. Trump, we refuse.”
To look back at America’s complete transformation, check out the gallery below!