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Supermodel Heidi Klum defends the statement she recently made to Self magazine that "The ultimate beauty secret for a woman getting older is, 'Don't be too thin!'"
"I definitely was not saying that older women should gain weight," the "Project Runway" host tells ETonline. "I was giving a beauty tip. People ask me, 'What is your ultimate beauty tip?' My ultimate beauty tip is to stay normal, rather than to be too thin. I think when you get too thin your face falls in too much. It is nicer to be healthy and normal."
The mother of four, who was at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association tour to promote her upcoming Lifetime series, "Seriously Funny Kids," looks model-thin again after her last pregnancy. And she claims it is her kids who keep her in shape: "Four children are a lot of work and they are still all very young: 6, 5, 4 and 1. It is not like I can sit with my feet up. There is always someone that wants something."
So, while Heidi has not gained weight, she understands that a lot of people feel pressure to stay a certain size.
"The jeans companies and the designers make all these zero sizes and I don't understand that," she says. "How can someone be a zero? I just think it is not a positive message to put out to people. It is better to be fit, healthy and normal. People ask me beauty questions all the time. 'What is your best lip gloss? What is your beauty secret?' I think it is to not go too thin. I wasn't telling people what to do."
"Seriously Funny Kids," featuring Heidi interacting with children and bringing out the hilarious and often insightful things they say, premieres Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.