Jenna Dewan bares it all – literally – on the September cover (shot by Dennis Leupold) of Women’s Health US Global Naked Issue. Inside the issue, the 37-year old actress, dancer, mother, and wellness warrior gets real on her public split, protective parenting, and positive outlook on her new life.
On nudity: “I’ve been a dancer my entire life, so I’m used to little clothing. You lose a sense of modesty.”
On her past year, post-split from Channing Tatum: “It’s been a journey, and it’s been a transformation of myself – my needs and wants as a woman. I think everyone wants to hold on to what’s in front of them, but when you open your mind saying, ‘I want what’s best for myself and my daughter,’ you have to be okay with however that looks. I feel like I’ve been on a wave of growth. It does look different; it’s a new normal, and I really think we’ll get used to that.”
On admitting her split has been far from painless: “It’s always challenging to go through a big change and have the whole world have an opinion about it…It’s okay for a relationship to change into a new form that is actually better for both people involved, and I think maybe that’s what shocked everyone so much – that it can be a positive thing. That was ultimately what happened with us.”
On how she’s changed: “I did a lot of work healing from the inside out, becoming more in touch with my womanly power. It was always ‘I’m a dancer,’ or ‘I’m married,’ or ‘I’m an actress.’ Over the last couple of years, it became about learning about myself.”
On critics mom-shaming her photos on Instagram: “Apparently, when you become a mother, you’re supposed to leave your sexuality at the door, and I never understood that. I think there’s nothing sexier than becoming a mother. You give life. It’s everything. And you don’t change who you are inside just because you have a kid.”
On her goals at the gym: “I really like to feel strong, and I like to feel curvy. And when I say ‘curvy,’ I mean ‘muscular.’ In the gym, I add more weight rather than increasing my reps because I want to build muscle, so I can pick up my daughter. (source)