Ellen DeGeneres: Being Skinny Is "Not Important!"

Celebrity Body Feb. 3, 2010 AT 1:42PM
Ellen DeGeneres: Being Skinny Is "Not Important!" Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

Ellen DeGeneres is tired of women thinking beauty is synonymous with being super-skinny.

"It's a double standard because there are men with really beautiful women that don't have great bodies, and yet nobody's saying anything about that," she tells Katie Couric on CBS Evening News. "Women [think they] need to keep themselves up to look good for a man or for society. It's not fair."

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The CoverGirl spokeswoman's biggest frustration? Airbrushing.

"Women are looking at bodies like that and going, 'My stomach doesn't look like that. I'm supposed to look like that?!'" the talk show host, 52, says. "So they starve themselves and they work out like crazy."

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She adds: "It's not important. We put the wrong emphasis on what beauty is and what health is. Health is being vibrant and having energy and being happy. If you're healthy, it's got nothing to do with how much you weigh."

DeGeneres tells Couric that what makes her healthy and happy is her relationship with wife Portia de Rossi.

She and the Better Off Ted star, 37, are so "fully in love with each other" that DeGeneres doesn't feel the need for children.

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"Of course we thought about it, and for a moment there, it was actually a consideration," she admits. "We really are lucky enough to be so in love with one another that I don't want a baby because I know what kind of love that must be. I don't want to share that. I like having all of her, and she likes having all of me. And we have freedom and we have time."

Plus, she says she gets all the baby love she needs from her niece.

"We play with her and she cries," she says. "And we just hand her back!"

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