There are a number of magazines on the shelves, at any given moment, that highlight celebrities in scantily-clad ensembles on a regular basis. They choose to do so in order to showcase the fashion, give shock appeal or just because they are trying to out-do their competition. Yet, there is one magazine that showcases the physique of its celebrities because of the way they choose to focus their attention on fitness and well-being. Shape magazine released its first issue in 1981 and has been heralded for the fact that they choose to showcase models and celebrities that have a healthier overall look. Rather than sticking with the same old toothpick model standard, Shape magazine has emphasized fitness in a way that draws attention to muscle tone rather than just being skinny.
Being on the cover of Shape magazine or featured in one of their pictorial spreads is a great way for a celebrity to show off their physique without being overly sexualized like some of the other magazines. Shape often goes out of their way to try and give insight to readers on how they can achieve the same look and how they can become just as fit as these celebrities. Whether it’s through celebrity advice or modeled exercise routines, Shape is known for going above and beyond in their celebrity features. Check out our list of the 15 sexiest physiques showcased in Shape magazine and see how some of these celebs are doing a bit more in their magazine spreads than just taking it all off to look sexy.
15 Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding is known for her angel-like voice and her stellar performances, whether it’s through her live shows or her artful expressions via her music videos. Goulding has been asked to perform at a variety of high-profile events, including the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Yet, not many people realize that Goulding is far more than just a pretty sounding voice. Goulding was asked to star on the cover of Shape magazine for the December 2015 issue and showed off her perfectly toned legs and well-defined abs. She didn’t have just a flat stomach that can be hidden a bit by a high-waisted suit. Goulding has an actual six pack physique and isn’t afraid to show it off. In the pictorial spread, she can be seen wearing metallic colored leggings and a sports bra that allows her entire midsection to be on display. While she may be known for her singing ability, she’s obviously not slacking on the sit-ups during her off time.
14 Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff used to be one of the hottest women in Hollywood when it came to her film roles and music career but it has been awhile since the world has thought of her as a “current” celebrity. Nowadays, she’s seen more as “whatever happened to?” and is often referenced in the tabloids because of her questionable parenting skills and messy divorce. Yet, that doesn’t take away from the fact that she has definitely been able to keep it together in regards to her looks. Duff was chosen to grace the cover of Shape magazine for the May 2015 issue and her look was far from haggard. She appeared youthful, even at the age of 27-years-old, and her abs look perfectly toned. Duff has come under fire recently for a photo she posted via social media where she could be seen kissing her 4-year-old child on the lips. There were many that felt that she was acting inappropriately but she was unapologetic in her affectionate nature towards her son. Regardless of how you might feel about her parenting skills, there is no denying that her body has completely bounced back after giving birth and she looks hot to trot as a beautiful single mother that undoubtedly has suitors waiting to knock down her door.
13 Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara is a woman that doesn’t seem to age like so many of her fellow actresses in Hollywood. While she gained the majority of her fans through her role on Modern Family, she has continued to grow her fanbase simply based on the way her personality has been able to shine through in interviews. She’s become a favorite on daytime talk shows and she continues to wow on the red carpet. At the age of 42-years-old, she was chosen to grace the cover of Shape magazine and continued to show the public how she could rope in the attention of younger men. When she became romantically linked to Joe Manganiello, the world wondered whether or not this was just a quick fling. However, the two were married in a lavish wedding and seem to be going strong. With photos like her Shape spread, it is easy to see how she could attract a younger man and if she has the goods, then why not grab one of the Magic Mike characters to call her own?
Alecia Moore, better known by her stage name Pink, started off her career in the music industry with people not truly giving her the credit she deserved in regards to her singing ability and performance style. In fact, many people thought of Pink as being a flash in the pan and wondered whether or not she would be a lasting figure. Yet, she proved them all wrong when she was no longer seen as a “one-hit wonder,” and she’s evolved her performance style to include acrobatic feats of amazement that entail extreme fitness ability. When she starred on the cover of Shape magazine for the November 2012 issue, she showed off the fact that her performances required her to maintain a strong core. Her abdominal muscles were completely defined and she looked like she was in the best shape of her life. The pictorial spread showed Pink in the same black bottoms with a mismatched pink top and even gave some insight into her regular workout routine.
11 Jada Pinkett Smith
There aren’t many women in Hollywood that can boast staying on top of their game, regardless of being of a particular age. Yet, Jada Pinkett Smith has been able to maintain everything from her physique to her marriage and neither seems to be going anywhere anytime soon. As part of the most beloved power couple in Hollywood, Jada continuously shows just how she is able to keep everything together with ease. Starring on the cover of the January/February 2015 issue of Shape magazine, she stunned in an orange bikini that left little to the imagination. While her husband, Will Smith, seems to be the one that is bringing home the bacon with continued roles on the big screen, Jada sure knows how to keep her man happy when he comes home from the movie set. Everything looks completely toned and in its rightful place and even her arms seem to be chiseled in a way that makes even girls half her age jealous of her physique.
For a woman that is known for being “Bootylicious,” Beyonce has never made any excuses for not being the typical size zero like some of her fellow celebs. Yet, her cover and pictorial spread for the April 2013 issue of Shape magazine shows that you don’t have to be toothpick thin in order to be considered physically fit. In fact, some of the sexiest women in the world have an ample amount of curves. The photo used for the cover shoot featured Beyonce in a colorful two-piece that showcased her abs and legs but the pictorial spread put an increased focus on her derriere. Standing on one leg, Beyonce looks like a beautiful flamingo that has a feminine style that is incomparable to others. While her legs may not be as thin as some of those supermodels walking the runway at Fashion Week, Beyonce proved that staying fit isn’t about comparing yourself to others. She is confident in her own form and the photos show that women can be beautiful at every weight and shape.
9 Olivia Wilde
When Olivia Wilde gave birth to her son from Jason Sudeikis, magazines were quick to try and scoop up how her body would look post-baby. She was chosen as the lead model on the cover of Shape magazine and she proved that she was able to pop back into fighting form. She looked sexier than ever on the cover, wearing a bright blue skirt and a black bra top. To the average viewer, Wilde looked like she hadn’t changed a bit and it seemed unimaginable that she had recently given birth. Yet, inside the magazine, Wilde revealed some hidden truths about her body after giving birth. At 31-years-old, Wilde stated, “I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot.” However, given her stellar physique in Shape magazine, it seems that even at her softest, Wilde has the body that most women would kill to obtain.
8 Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan is best known for her role as Maggie in the hit series, The Walking Dead, but has started to branch out as an actress on the big screen. Cohan was featured on the cover of the January/February 2016 issue of Shape magazine and showed off her amazing physique in the pictorial spread as well. It was almost hard to recognize Cohan in her varied looks since audiences are so used to seeing her downtrodden, dirty and unkempt. There could be a few jokes in here about how she’s been able to maintain her physique due to the constant running from zombies but obviously, she’s been doing a bit more than that to maintain her ultra-toned abs and legs. While the yoga pants and cropped top exude an amazing amount of sex appeal, the cover shot is probably the best photo in showing off her stellar body. Obviously, The Walking Dead is holding back when it comes to showing off their best looking cast member but hopefully the new season will bring on a few shots of Cohan in scantily-clad ensembles now that she is newly widowed.
7 Khloe Kardashian
There was a time when Khloe Kardashian was shunned as the “fat” sister and there were even times when her own mother started to ridicule her on episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Accusing her of “hurting the brand,” Kardashian has long been criticized for not having the same measurements as her sisters. Yet, things have changed in recent years and now Khloe is actually being heralded for her devotion to fitness. She is starring in her very own reality series, Revenge Body, and helps people get to their desired weight to really stick it to their exes. For the May 2016 issue of Shape, Khloe showed off her curves and gave some insight into how she was able to lose 35 pounds. She spoke about how her breakup with Lamar Odom caused her to workout harder and stated, “Once I realized I could shed some pounds that way, I began working out regularly with my trainer, Gunnar Peterson, and I made a commitment to get healthy.” Obviously, it worked and we’re all glad to see the results in print.
6 Brooke Burke
Brooke Burke has long been thought of as a celebrity that knows how to stay fit. She was featured on Dancing with the Stars and went on to host for many years and she has had endorsement deals with a number of companies that focus on fitness. Burke is often thought of as an ageless beauty since she’s been able to maintain her physique better than some celebs half her age. She was featured in the September 2014 issue of Shape magazine and proved that she hasn’t let herself slip in the least in regards to her physique. From her perfectly toned abs to her backside that doesn’t have the tiniest bit of sag, the magazine actually pointed out the fact that Burke was turning 43-years-old that month. Burke proved that she could defy nature and the public perception that goes with a woman of a particular age in her Shape spread and it just made audiences love her even more.
5 Heidi Klum
In November 2016, Heidi Klum was featured in Shape and showed what a woman can look like at the age of 43-years-old. By the looks of her photos, it seems almost impossible that she had given birth to four children and breastfed each and every one of them. Yet, this mother of four children under the age of 13 proved that she wasn’t going to let anything stop her from looking and feeling like the lingerie model she was once known as during her time with Victoria’s Secret. Obviously, not everyone has the financial means to eat perfectly or work out the way they should in order to achieve their pre-baby body like Heidi Klum. However, she did offer some great advice for others out there that are trying to love their shape. In the interview, she stated, “I love my shape because it’s mine. At the end of the day, it’s not what anyone else thinks about my body but how I feel about myself. I’m working it and owning it!” Well, with a body like that, it is pretty guaranteed that any woman would be working it if they looked like Heidi Klum at any age.
4 Jessica Alba
For the June 2015 issue of Shape magazine, Jessica Alba was featured on the cover and in a pictorial spread. While she’s always been known for having a stellar physique, it has been quite some time since audiences saw her traipsing around on the big screen in a leotard or swimsuit. One of her most famous roles on the silver screen was in 2003 when she starred in Honey and since then, she’s been best known for her role as a mom and through her Honest Company products. Seeing her in some of her scantily-clad swimsuits in Shape magazine was a great motivation for other moms to see that they can get back into their pre-baby shape. The cover shot showed off Alba wearing a mismatched suit and a white cover-up but it was the interior shot with her blue swimsuit that really showed off her sex appeal. Proving that even moms can get their shape back to exude sex appeal and beauty, Alba looked just as good as when she was swimming alongside Paul Walker during the 2005 film, Into the Blue.
3 Kate Beckinsale
At the age of 44-years-old, Kate Beckinsale should be just another actress that is slowly being pushed out to pasture by Hollywood. Instead, she starred in three new films in 2016 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. She was featured on the cover of Shape magazine for the January 2017 issue and even shared some of the footage of the shoot via her social media page. She appeared to look like she was in the best shape of her life but it was undoubtedly because she had been working out feverishly for her role in Underworld: Blood Wars. When asked about what tricks she might have to offer others hoping to have a physique like hers, Beckinsale stated that she tries to steer clear of alcohol. She even went on to say that she’s “never actually had an entire glass of anything alcoholic.” That probably isn’t advice that most people would be able to adhere to in their quest for weight loss but it does sound better than listening to her grueling workout routine with her personal trainer.
2 Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough was first introduced to audiences as one of the most beautiful professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars but quickly branched out to become a household name. From becoming romantically linked to Ryan Seacrest to starring in hit films like Footloose and Rock of Ages, Hough became far more than just a ballroom dancer. In the December 2014 issue of Shape magazine, Hough was featured on the cover wearing a red bikini and a black mesh top but the true standout photos were in the pictorial spread. Hough showed off some sexy looks, whether it was applying makeup in lingerie or cooking in bootie shorts. However, she didn’t just show off her physique without also showing off how she got it. In a variety of fitness photos, Hough showed viewers the proper technique in certain exercises and the result was a perfectly toned body that showed how well she was suited to her profession.
1 Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco spent 2015 at the top of the charts, with Forbes magazine listing her as the highest paid actress on TV. Her roles as Penny on the hit series, The Big Bang Theory, has given hope to all the nerds in the world that they too can one day land a beautiful blonde girlfriend and perhaps convince them to get married. In the October 2015 issue of Shape magazine, Cuoco donned the cover in a simple pair of white bottoms and paired it with a white button-up shirt. Let completely open (and without a bra), Cuoco was somehow able to look completely feminine while wearing a men’s style shirt and a super short hairstyle. The photo showed how fit her legs are and even gave viewers a peek at her expertly toned abs. It’s interesting that even her character on The Big Bang Theory makes an effort to work out and is often seen doing yoga in her apartment. It’s obvious from her Shape photos that Cuoco is no stranger to working out, herself.
Sources: Shape, Daily Mail
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