Former champion skier Lindsey Vonn isn't jealous of size-zero models and movie stars because they're unhealthy and out of shape, E! reported Feb. 10.
"I've been to a lot of photo shoots and I just see these girls that are really thin," said Vonn, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics. "They're not healthy. They don't work out."
Vonn said the tiny bodies of super-skinny models and actresses are the result of starvation diets, not healthy eating and exercise. They look great in clothes, said Lindsey, but are "skinny-fat," meaning they're flabby despite being thin.
Vonn admitted she sometimes feels insecure around super-skinny celebrities because she's a lot bigger than they are, but she wouldn't want to be a size zero if it means constantly starving herself.
"It was hard to go to the Met Ball [in May 2013] with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner," Lindsey told WWD. "It's difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. I don't envy them because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people."
The 5-foot-10 Vonn mountain-bikes, skis, does cardio exercise at the gym, and strength-trains. She said the media idealization of size-zero celebrities has bred an unhealthy obsession with thinness at the cost of health.
Lindsey, who's currently dating golf superstar Tiger Woods, said she hopes young girls realize that being skinny isn't everything.
"It may look good in a magazine, but it's not healthy," said Vonn. "And girls who are that skinny are actually fat. You can see the cellulite on their legs and on their butts. I have cellulite too, but I go to the gym and I try to eat healthy. I think that's a better model for girls to look up to than skinny people who need to eat more."
Lindsey's speculation about starvation diets isn't off-base: In 2012, supermodel Carre Otis revealed she starved herself, abused laxatives, did cocaine, chain-smoked and exercised nonstop to stay skinny at the height of her modeling career. Otis discussed her harrowing battles with anorexia, bulimia and drug addiction in her memoir Beauty, Disrupted.