She’s actually modelling swimsuits in this photo spread but check out Jean Harlow working the cable machine!! (Although I’m not sure what move she’s doing – triceps kickbacks? Lat pull-throughs? Shoulder somethings??)
Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was one of the first women to publicly embrace weight lifting? Or that Katharine Hepburn could still walk on her hands at 80 years young? Or that Jean Harlow struggled with yo-yo dieting for her entire career? It turns out that the Grand Dames of Old Hollywood, while they were born with amazing bone structure and talent, still had to work hard to stay in movie-star shape. (Although I must add that it was a different movie-star shape than the one aspired to today. Sadly.) In one of the most fun pieces I’ve got to do for Shape I researched the diet and exercise secrets of some of the most beautiful women of our age. (My fave tip: Audrey Hepburn’s afternoon nap rule!) Plus it gave me the perfect excuse to drool over vintage dresses for an hour. Check out the full slideshow Shape Up Secrets From Old Hollywood Glamour Girls at Shape.com
Who is your favorite Old Hollywood leading lady? Were you as surprised as I was at how hard they worked for their figures? (I really need to get over just assuming that beautiful people look that way with no effort or concern – seriously, I do that all the time.)
And… other stuff I wrote recently:
Mariah Carey Throughout the Years: Shape magazine’s May Covergirl on babies, weight loss, Whitney and more
String Bikinis For Toddlers? Yes, they exist and yes, most moms are appalled.
Tori Spelling is Pregnant With #4… Just 1 month after having #3. How far apart did you space your kids?
Looking for ways to help a new mom in your life? Check out these readers’ suggestions for the nicest thing someone did for them after their baby was born.
Why are we still arguing about what type of mom works harder? We all do. Next!