Brooke Shields, 56, opens up about past insecurities after posing topless in Jordache jeans: ‘It’s exhausting’

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Brooke Shields is feeling confident about herself these days – but it hasn’t always been easy.

The actress stirred headlines this week after modeling some fresh denim for Jordache’s Spring 2022 campaign, which was shot by photographer Cass Bird and styled by Deborah Watson. The 56-year-old went topless for one of the sizzling snaps.

Following the shoot, the star has been reflecting on how self-criticism impacted her over the years.

“It’s exhausting entertaining your insecurities,” Shields admitted to People magazine on Thursday. “It is truly exhausting. And then you get to this age.”

Brooke Shields went topless for Jordache jeans.
(Cass Bird)

Shields noted that she has plenty of reasons to feel good about herself. In addition to leading a successful decades-long career, she’s a proud mom of two daughters – 18-year-old Rowan and 15-year-old Grier, whom she shares with husband Chris Henchy.

“I’ve raised my kids for the most part,” said Shields. “I’ve had a 21-year-long marriage. I’m still working. I’m not criticizing myself for all the things that I’m not, which I did a lot in my younger years. I did a lot of comparisons, and that’s just a losing game.”

Shields acknowledged that people have always been “surprised” that she would compare herself. Still, Shields stressed that she’s “human.”

“I’ve always been human,” she said. “And I got so used to self-deprecation that it started to take a toll on my psyche and just me in general.”

For the Spring 2022 campaign, Brooke Shields made her stance on retouching clear.
(Cass Bird)

Shields has earned praise for her latest campaign with Jordache.

“We are excited to work with Brooke Shields,” said Liz Berlinger, President of Jordache, to Fox News Digital in a statement sent on Wednesday.

“Like Jordache, she is iconic in fashion,” said Berlinger. “We have watched her grow from a young girl into an incredible woman, mother and entrepreneur – throughout it all she has remained authentic and an inspiration to women everywhere.”

The campaign, titled “You’ve Got the Look,” aims to promote inclusion and body positivity. It will feature influencers and everyday women recreating some of the star’s signature poses.

Brooke Shields had a no-nonsense approach to physically preparing for the Jordache shoot..
(Cass Bird)

Shields noted to People magazine that she was just 15 years old when she last modeled for a major denim campaign.

“I appreciate it more now,” the actress explained. “It’s such an honor to be my age and be represented. I feel the magnitude of it more. There’s a knowledge that comes with age, and this feels less like a job and more like a privilege.”

Shields added that she was very open with the Jordache team about her stance on retouching. She told the outlet that she wanted the photos to remain authentic for other women.

“It was important for you to see this is my 56-year-old body and to fight the retouching,” Shields told the outlet. “I’m always like, ‘You better keep it honest.’ And we did.”

Brooke Shields is feeling more confident than ever.
(Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Shields also revealed she had a no-nonsense approach to physically preparing for the shoot.

“I worked so hard with my trainer Ngo Okafor,” she said. “We did 5 a.m. workouts, but I wasn’t drinking so it was easier to wake up in the morning. I pushed it to the limit. My ego helped! I thought, ‘If you do these pictures and you are not happy with what you see, you’ll be hard on yourself.’”

It was 1980 when Shields appeared in a controversial Calvin Klein campaign. The then-teen famously said: “You want to know what comes in between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” The fashion shoot, directed by Richard Avedon, caused an uproar over perceived sexual innuendo in Shields’ performance. Both ABC and CBS banned the ad.

In 2020, Shields told Fox News Digital she had no interest in squeezing into the designer denim again.

Brooke Shields caused a stir when she famously posed for Calvin Klein.

“I can get into them, but it looks painful,” Shields said at the time. “I recently found them, [but] I think the last time I fit into them comfortably was probably while I was in ‘Wonderful Town’ on Broadway [back in 2004]. They’re so high-waisted.”

“When I was that age, I was built like a little boy,” the star continued. “I don’t have any desire to fit back into them. I’ve had two children and I’ve grown into a more womanly shape that I feel comfortable in and that I’m proud of.

“I’m celebrating who I am now, not trying to get the body I had when I was 15. One of the messages I want to share with other women is to celebrate yourself. Own your curves and strengths rather than trying to look like somebody else or be skinny. I’d rather be strong and fit than anything else.”

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