WHAT SIZE IS BEAUTY?
For her role in Million Dollar Baby, Hilary Swank transformed her body so she would be believable as a boxer. Norman Jean Roy’s photo of Swank in mid-stride on a Malibu beach captured her new physique.
Swank described how she felt as her body changed. “People said to me, ‘Did you feel masculine?’ because I gained nineteen pounds of muscle, when they asked me to gain ten.
I will tell you that as my body started physically getting stronger, I felt so powerful - but not in an ‘I'll kick your ass’ type of way. You realize that your body's a machine. When you see that people, a long time ago, were running to hunt for their food, you realize that our bodies can conform and adapt to what we need. It's just so amazing. I have so much respect for my body and how it works now.”
Although she cut back her intensive training regimen once the movie wrapped, the experience changed her views on her body and fitness in general.
“I still feel like I’m in pretty good shape, and I kept some of my weight on and I really like it. It feels really good, and I feel more solid and more comfortable.