Mischa Responds to Harsh Criticism


May 7 2008, Published 5:57 a.m. ET

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Hollywood isn't very forgiving when it comes to appearance, and nobody knows this better than Mischa Barton.

The 22-year-old OC alum recently found herself under attack after photos surfaced on the Internet showing the bikini-clad star with what appeared to be cellulite.

Now, in an exclusive interview with OK!, Mischa opens up about the pressure to be thin and strikes back at the negative talk about her body.

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"I like my curves," the size-4 star, who is dating rocker Taylor Locke, tells OK!. "My boyfriend loves them. So whatever works!"

When it comes to being self-conscious about her body, Mischa says she's not.

"I'm not. I eat healthy. I work out. Everybody has things that they don't like. I feel very comfortable. I come from a European family that's always very comfortable with their bodies. You are what you are as a woman."

Mischa Barton

The actress continues, "If I was to cry over every single thing, I'd be the most depressed person ever. Trust me, there have been some low points in my life where I got really depressed about it, but in general, I find it's smarter to not get depressed and not to feed into it."

Of those potentially damaging photos, Mischa says, "Every woman has cellulite. I just feel like the photographers try to get the most unflattering shots. I've never claimed to have a perfect body, but it is what it is."

For more on our exclusive interview with Mischa, pick up the new issue of OK!--on stands everywhere on Thursday.


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