With more than 30 years in Hollywood, Mariska Hargitay’s attitudes toward plastic surgery have changed over time. Although Hargitay is best known for his role as detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, has not confirmed any procedures she has done, she has made it known that she is in no way against plastic surgery – although she prefers the more “natural look.”
In an interview with Ladies Home Journal in March 2013, Hargitay revealed that she used to be “against” plastic surgery, but has warmed up to the idea of it as she got older. “I used to be against it. I think it’s because I was raised by a father who did not like makeup. If I was wearing makeup, he would say, ‘Honey, you did not wash your face! ” She said. “But now that I’m getting older, I think women need to do what they want to make themselves feel comfortable.”
She continued, “do not think they should go overboard and I still think the natural look is the most beautiful. But if you want to do something to help you look fresher, I’m totally for it.”
Hargitay also revealed that she has been criticized for her looks throughout her career, from being told that her nose is “too big” to “too small”. “I wasn’t always confident. I spent most of my 20s having people say no to me,” she said. “I would go to auditions and the casting directors would be like this: You are not tall enough, you are not beautiful enough, you are not blond enough, your nose is too big, your nose is too small, your skin is too dark, your “skin is too light, change your name! There was so much rejection. I did not work for eight years.”
As for how she became more confident, Hargitay explained that much of her self-confidence has to do with removing any negative self-talk from her vocabulary. “I strongly believe that your word is your magic wand. You know how people say things like, ‘Oh my god, I’m such an idiot,’ she said. ‘I do not say those things anymore. These cuts, even if they are jokes, are small balls of negativity that you do not need in your life. “
She continued, “I find it so annoying when I try to give a compliment to a friend, and instead of taking it, she puts herself down. I want to say, ‘I like your shirt!’ And she will say, “This? It’s so old. ” We feel a need to reject a compliment and make it less than one. Take that moment. Take it in. Focus on your gifts. ”
Hargitay also explained that she has become more comfortable with her body and appearance as she gets older, especially after giving birth to her first child, August, in 2006. She also shares son Andrew and daughter Amaya with her husband, Peter Hermann. “I love my curves because they scream, ‘I’m a mom!’ I’m the girl who started wearing maternity pants about an hour after I found out I was pregnant because I was so excited to be mother, ”she said.
She continued: “Things are falling a bit – I do not intend to lie. But will I be sad, or should I look at my three beautiful children and my husband and count my lucky stars?”
So there you have it, Mariska Hargitay’s statement on plastic surgery. According to the woman who plays Detective Benson, your choices are your choices and you’re beautiful no matter what.
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