America Ferrera Writes Powerful Message About Embracing Her Body: 'Thank You for 33 Years of Standing With Me'
By Antoinette Bueno
America Ferrera is learning to love herself more than ever.
The Superstore actress turned 33 on Tuesday, and Instagrammed a cute picture of her and two gal-pals taking a SoulCycle class. Ferrera admitted she hasn't always been kind to herself when it comes to her body, but says that that's changing with age.
"At 33, I finally understand that my body is a miracle!" she wrote. "After too many years of criticizing, punishing, depriving, or neglecting my body for what it isn't, I'm attempting to love it unapologetically as it is! Thank you body for 33 years of standing with me even when I wasn't on your side. I promise from here on out to stand by you and face down all the criticism and bulls**t distractions (inner & outer), so that we can move beyond beautiful and get to the business of living! Thank you to these amazing humans and so many more who have inspired me to celebrate my health and strength! Get you some friends who remind you to celebrate your strong, healthy, loyal body! #HappyBirthdayBody #thisis33 #beyondbeautiful."
And it looks like the actress had a fantastic birthday. Ferrera posted video of her and close friends celebrating, as well as a sassy solo snap.
"Every year I feel more expansive, more capable, more in love with the possibility of life because I have a community that lovingly holds me accountable to my highest potential," she wrote. "Growing up is exhilarating!"
"What Lena is saying is that everyone is focused on the least interesting thing about her," Ferrera said. "And whether or not she's gaining or losing weight, in a good way or bad way, has nothing to do with her worth or her value and why she's such an amazing human being."