Brooke Shields Reveals Why She Started Wearing Skimpy Swimsuits in Her 50s

Brooke Shields in Health magazine
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The 'Suddenly Susan' actress covers the January/February issue of 'Health' magazine.

Brooke Shields took a style tip from her 14-year-old daughter, Rowan, that was a real game changer.

The 52-year-old actress covers the January-February issue of Health magazine, and reveals that she recently started wearing a more scantily-clad swimsuit.

"I always wear bathing suits that cover everything, the bottoms in particular—and my older daughter said, ‘You know what? You cannot wear that bottom. It goes all the way under your butt and [makes it look] so much bigger,'" Shields recalls. "So she finds me a new bathing suit, where that whole little shelf was out, and I was horrified, but my husband said, ‘That bathing suit looks great. Rowan’s right. If you show a little bit more, it’s actually more flattering.’ So, I had to learn from her. She said, ‘Mom, face it, you’ve got a great butt.'"

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The Suddenly Susan star says she's "never been skinny," but rather appreciates her athletic build. "I always had body doubles in movies, so I didn’t have any stress, because I knew I was gonna get some gorgeous-looking body to be my double," she confides. "Since I’ve turned 50, there’s been more focus on my body than ever."

While Shields lives a healthy lifestyle, she's had to go under the knife a few times. “I’ve had to enter into a very sort of rigorous rehabilitation program to avoid surgery on my back. I’ve already had four surgeries on my feet and two on my knee -- all from Broadway dancing injuries," she notes. "On Broadway, they don’t really rehab the dancers like they do in sports. It’s, ‘The show must go on.’"

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Shields recently traded in her dancing shoes for a role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In an interview with ET in October, she revealed how leading lady Mariska Hargitay convinced her to play a grandmother on the long-running series.

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