October 11, 2008 04:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Cheryl Burke, is speaking out to bloggers who admonished her for putting on weight this season. What is upsetting her the most is the unhealthy body image issues promoted by such stories.
The two time dancing champ spoke to PEOPLE and said, “I want kids or women out there to realize you don’t have to be anorexic to be beautiful. There’s a lot of pressure living this Hollywood life. People expect to see you at a certain weight and when you gain a few pounds then all of a sudden it’s the talk of the week.”
She also said that no matter what opinion people have of you, good or bad, what is most important is to have a secure feeling about yourself and know that you are beautiful regardless of what others think of you.
Burke didn’t always feel as confident about herself as she does today and she admits that it has taken years to embrace her beautiful curves. “When I was younger, I wasn’t stick thin. I wasn’t tall. I don’t have long legs. I wasn’t naturally skinny,” she admitted. “As I grew older, I just became more comfortable in my own skin.”
On top of being a pro dancer on Dancing With The Stars, Burke owns her own dance studio in San Franciso.
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