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Christina Hendricks on Loving Your Body

Most famous as curvalicious Joan on Mad Men (and starring in two new movies), Christina Hendricks reveals her secrets for enjoying life.
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Hendricks: Spokeswoman for Latisse Wishes Challenge

In addition to her nonstop career, she's also found time to give back, signing on as spokeswoman for the Latisse Wishes Challenge (www.latissewisheschallenge.com), in which the company matches up to $250,000 in donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Latisse is an FDA-approved medication to promote eyelash growth in a condition called eyelash hypotrichosis.) In just two years, the campaign has raised $1.5 million to help grant wishes to critically ill children.

Hendricks first became familiar with the organization when she was 7 years old and a sick classmate was granted her wish to meet Erik Estrada, star of the then-popular TV series CHiPs. "I've admired Make-A-Wish ever since, so I'm honored to be involved with them," she says. As with other commitments in her life, her involvement is passionate: In Los Angeles, "Christina came and spent an afternoon with seven of the kids, and she had the best connection with them," says foundation spokesman Brent Goodrich. "The kids were hopping on her lap, and she was so interested in them."

Christina Hendricks' Body Image

Hendricks attributes her down-to-earth values to her parents and the nurturing environment of her childhood home in Twin Falls, Idaho. "It was just a nice place," she says.

It was there she developed her ease with her own looks, mirrored by the attitudes of those around her. "I never even heard people talk about body types," says the actor. "When I was in high school, I would read magazines, but I was just looking at the clothes and the hair," she insists.

"Even now, it's never been a focus in my life. I've always been fit, I've always been active, and I've always been healthy, but I've just tried to live my life the way I live it. It's nice that I've gotten a lot of positive feedback about it lately," she says with a smile, her voice both higher in pitch and quieter than Joan's, "but I'm just doing what I normally do."

Her role on Mad Men has only helped her get her message across: Far from eschewing the figure-flaunting costumes (corsets and garter belts required), Hendricks praises their sexiness and how they make her feel.

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