Rosario Dawson: Society's Beauty Standards a "Form of Violence"

Actress Rosario Dawson arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on February 26, 2011.  UPI/Jim Ruymen
Rosario Dawson is on the cover of Shape magazine's August 2011 issue in a white, long-sleeved top and white bikini bottoms. But inside, she says society's views regarding women's bodies is a form of violence.

Dawson, 32, has shown off a fit body in films like Sin City and Rent and shows off a similarly slim frame in footage on the magazine's website that shows her posing in several bikinis.

Dawson says that people on Twitter have told her that she's "too skinny." She starred in Rent, a 2005 movie based on a Broadway musical, playing Mimi, an HIV-positive drug addict. She remembers losing weight to get into character.

"I remember everyone asking when I was doing press for the movie, 'What did you do to look so thin? You looked great' and I'm like, 'I looked emaciated," the actress told Shape.

"It's a form of violence, in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be -- for what sake? Not health, not survival, not enjoyment of life but just so you could look pretty. I'm constantly telling girls all the time, 'Everything's airbrushed, everything's retouched. None of us look like that."

However, she noted that she was "grateful to be on the cover of Shape and be able to show myself, my normal self."

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