“My body is almost a map of my life, for good and bad,” the Top Chef host, model, and author tells SELF. While she used to try and cover up her imperfections, she’s now proud of them. “My attitude about my body has grown and changed and morphed and evolved, as has my body,” she says. “When I was young, I tended to be more self-conscious about my stretch marks from growing, or the scar on my arm from my car accident.” But now, she sees these as badges of honor. “It’s what sets me apart and makes me me, and even if someone could wave a magic wand I really don’t think I would choose to eliminate my scar.”
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