Despite being known more as a ditzy blonde than respected role model, Cameron Diaz has decided she can help high school girls eat better and accept their bodies by writing a healthy diet and lifestyle book for teens.
Though the SoCal native claims it is not a "diet" book to help teen girls get skinny, her own perfectly toned Hollywood body has set the bar high for girls who aspire to look like the pretty movie star and popular magazine cover girl.
According to E! Online, the "Charlie's Angels" star has signed up with a literary agent to write a healthy lifestyle book for teens though she has not yet signed with a publisher. Future plans may include lobbying for healthier school lunches and launching a website that shows young people how to make healthier food choices.
The irony, however, is that celebs like Diaz are part of the reason teenage girls go to extreme lengths to look skinny and flawless. Unlike highly paid movie stars, however, most teens do not have the money to pay for plastic surgery and physical trainers.
The "What to Expect When You're Expecting" star has admitted to plastic surgery on her nose, which she claims was to correct an injury from a surfing accident. And The Globe cites plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn as suggesting she has silicone implants that turned her from a B cup to a C.
As for her magazine covers, bloggers have accused the star of getting some help from the "Photoshop Fairies." In contrast to a photo taken around the time of her Maxim cover last year, the "Green Hornet" actress looked almost like a wax museum version of herself on the glossy men's magazine.
Unlike more wholesome actresses such as Anne Hathaway or Reese Witherspoon, Diaz is not the first name that pops up on parents' tongues when they think of an actress after whom they wish their daughters to model themselves. She told Maxim she made the movie "Bad Teacher" because "There weren't enough bodily fluids exchanged in my films in recent times, so I had to go ahead and search it out."
Nor is Diaz considered much of an intellectual heavyweight, as evidenced by the Valley Girl responses she gave in her "Inside the Actor's Studio" interview. When asked what it was like to work with director Oliver Stone, she replied, "He's like, a total genius . . . his brain is like, so big."
As she approaches 40, however (her big birthday is August 30), Diaz may be worried she could become a middle-aged has-been in youth-worshiping Hollywood and is following in the footsteps of her aging colleague, Gwyneth Paltrow. The "Shallow Hal" star writes an oft mocked lifestyle blog called GOOP in which she tries to convince average women they can live like a celebrities on a secretary's salary.
Whether Diaz's chosen target market -- teenage girls -- will consider the former girlfriend of Justin Timberlake a guru or a joke remains to be seen.
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