Glee's Amber Riley Feels "Sexy" In Her Body

12/09/2009 at 04:43 PM ET

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Amber Riley, who plays powerhouse songstress Mercedes Jones in Glee, tells PEOPLE she feels “sexy” in her body, despite battling criticism and her fluctuating size. “I was very skinny when I was little, and I got made fun of for being really skinny, so then I started to eat,” Riley says. “Then I got fat,” she laughs. “Then I got made fun of for being fat.” The 23 year-old has since accepted she has curves like Beyoncé, whose body she covets, and has chosen to drown out what other people think. “If they don’t like me when I’m skinny, and they don’t like me when I’m fat, I may as well find where I’m comfortable,” she says. “So I’m all for working out and eating good, but this is where my body settled, and I’m very happy with the way I am.” In addition to the dance numbers the actress performs on the show, she also exercises in her free time, running 30-45 minutes a day and dancing to the DVD Hip Hop Abs with Shaun T at night. And when it’s time to indulge, she’s not immune to the temptation of fast food: ”Pizza is my favorite food. Pepperoni from Papa John’s.” — Aileen Wong

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Mary on

How can she possibly compare her body to Beyonce’s body? Beyonce is the true definition of curvy–great boobs, wide hips, and a SLIM waist. This woman, Amber Riley, may have the boobs and hips, but she most certainly does NOT have a slim waist. In fact, it’s overflowing over her pants (as you can see in the picture above). She’s not curvy, she’s just plain overweight.

Rebekah on

I think she’s a beautiful woman with an amazing talent. If she’s active and loves herself then good for her. Who cares what petty people who are all about skinny bodies think?

Amanda on

Mary, that’s really sad that you have to stoop to levels to criticize someone who really doesn’t want to hear it.

She is beautiful and she is curvy! She’s a role model for lots of girls who you think are overweight but have curves!

Kelli on

Sorry Amanda, but Mary is correct.
Amber does NOT have a figure like Beyonce. She is pretty, but in no way Beyonce.

Mary on

Thank you, Kelli. The term “curvy” has been misinterpreted over the years. People now use the word these days to try to make overweight women feel better about themselves. The fact is, how can one have curves if your waistline is the same measurement as your chest AND hips? Those are not curves. I wish people would stop deluding themselves and accept the fact that they, in fact, overweight.

Beyonce is curvy. So is Tyra. And so is Scarlett. All of these women have fabulous hourglass shapes. Amber does not. End of story.

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Josh on

You’re right, she doens’t have a body like Beyonce, but that doesnt make her any less beautiful. She’s gorgeous and hugely talented, and if she’s active and happy with her body, then we should be as well.

Nicole on

I think some of these comments illustrate a HUGE problem in society today. So WHAT if she doesn’t have Beyonce’s body? Who among us actually does??? Women should just stop competing with and comparing themselves to other women…we should be supporting one another and celebrating the differences in one another. Women already feel incredible pressure from the media, society, and trying to figure out ‘what men like’ when evaluating their own bodies. Why do some women have to put others down on top of that??? The fact that this actress has to defend her weight in the first place is sad.

manu on

she is a beautiful woman and very sexy for me. i a man and i like her is very pretty and the fattie no is a problem really she looks amazing and is a amazing singer. =D

bigfun on

amber be happy with the way u r dont compare yourself to any one your beautiful talented and sexy just the way u r you have a curvy body and that is HOT guy that dont like a woman with curves r the type of guys that set home and play with there field mouse all day just keep doing what ur doing amber there just HATERS is all so dont hate appreciate ppl cause she on tv and your setting at home with your field mouse in hand

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