Drew Barrymore Deals With Body Image, Will Bare Soul to Daughters

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Drew Barrymore is radiant at 40. She still struggles a bit with her body image, but seems to be coming to terms with it. In the latest issue of InStyle magazine, Drew opens up about her body, her daughters, and more.

"I am who I am and I just don't have a bikini body. I don't even have a one piece body anymore! But I am loving the long rash guard, board-shorts look," she says.

"I've beaten myself up about not being a certain thing," Barrymore adds. "If someone says, 'Let's go to the beach today,' my first thought is, 'F––, what am I going to wear?' I remember when Amy Schumer was on Ellen, she called her midsection a 'lava lamp.' I thought, 'That was perfect! That's what I've been trying to say.' But then I saw her in Trainwreck, and she looked so good in a tiny bra and short skirt. I was like, 'No, you don't have a lava lamp.'"

Realizing there are far more important things to deal with than what she wears to the beach, Drew Barrymore has an honest philosophy for dealing with daughters Frankie and Olive as they grow up.

"I'm not going to pretend to my daughters that I'm pure as the driven snow… The best I can do is open up my heart to them," she says. "That's soul-baring enough. Making bad decisions doesn't make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices."

Drew Barrymore was a film star by the time she was eight. Given what she has learned about what Hollywood can do to women in terms of body image and self-worth, it will be interesting to see if she allows her daughters to follow in their famous mom's footsteps.

Do you recall seeing Drew Barrymore in ET all those years ago?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.