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Julie Bowen: 'I Don't Fit Into Girl Dresses'

09/16/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

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Given her fit frame, it’s hard to believe Julie Bowen would ever have trouble finding a dress that fits. But according to the Modern Family actress, staying slim can make staying stylish a challenge.

“I’m built like a 14-year-old boy. I have no waist so anything I wear has to have a lot of trickeration going on,” Bowen told PEOPLE at Audi’s Kick Off to Emmy Week party in L.A. “I don’t fit into girl dresses. I can’t just slip it on.”

Thankfully, for Sunday’s Emmy Awards, best supporting actress nominee Bowen has already picked a winning look: a black, v-neck Oscar de la Renta gown, which she’ll let speak for itself.

“For the red carpet I feel like the dress is the star and I should keep the jewelry really classic and attractive but not too mom-ular,” she said. “I don’t want to look like I’m constantly just driving back and forth to soccer practice.”

Getting ready for the Emmys has often proved challenging for the mom of three, so this year Bowen is opting for a new plan. “Usually it’s my kids coming in and out of the bathroom and everyone running in and out,” she said. “I have three boys but they have a makeup drawer — otherwise they get into everything and just want to do what I’m doing.”

How to avoid that typical pre-Emmys chaos? “This year I think I’m actually going to leave the house and do it at a hotel and try to have a little fun with it,” she said.

–Michelle Ward

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Hmmm on

@N – I agree with you. I think it is rude to just assume because someone is thin that they “need” to eat or don’t eat, etc. But I disagree about a body type like hers, ruler – straight up and down. I am straight up and down with no waist and pretty thin, and if I gain a few pounds it goes to my ass. And thighs. Oh, and my face.

BUT – she does look way thinner. You can really tell in her face. She doesn’t look like the same person at all.

Nothing wrong with being thin, sleek, and in shape; however, I don’t think anyone can argue against the clear fact that she has lost quite a bit of weight as of late. Purposely or not, she does not look like the ideal picture of health. You can see the outlines of all her chest bones; including her ribs. Her head looks rather large – not sure if it is the angle, but her face looks drawn and sunken in.

One thing is for sure, she did not look like this 2 years ago when Modern Family first aired. She looked better then – thin and fit but not sick or too angled.

sat on

Agreed, she is completely anorexic. Please know that this may be considered beautiful in the West, but you don’t have to look like this people!!!

Jamie on

Maybe she should eat. She is really skinny.

Hmmm on

I think the US has gotten to the point where there is a sick fascination with just BEING super thin or people that ARE thin or sick-looking.

I think that ANY human body is supposed to be toned, thin, and lean. Our complex bodies most definitely were not designed to carry layers and layers of fat – its horrible on every organ in your body from your joints to your heart. FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM! Just be healthy and feel good.

There is a difference between being thin because you just are or you work hard at it and then having a full-blown eating disorder. And then overdo it on the exercising when you are burning more calories than your body is even taking in…kind of scary what it does to your body in the long run.

She just doesn’t look good and you can tell she doesn’t feel good.

Marie on

Eating more food won’t magically grow one breasts and hips. Contrary to popular belief, some people are born with a thin frame. It doesn’t mean they have an eating disorder.

Grow up people.

bluegnu63 on

She’s a runner, and her body shows it; long, lean muscles.:)

justlise on

Shut up!

Bethenny on

“If you know anything about fitness and body types you’d know that with her frame if she grained weight it would mainly go to her stomach, so she’d just end up with a gut.”

Oh jeez, you’re SO right, so she is SO much better off just starving herself to keep that flat stomach! Who cares about all the other bones sticking out of her body at every angle?

(eye roll)

lily on

don’t you all know that everything is photoshopped?? also, i have a friend with the “boy’s body” (i.e. no waist, no hips, no chest) and super slender. it IS possible for a woman to be “naturally slim” without having an eating disorder.

Cinder's mom on

I’m voting for an eating disorder. People all skin and bones can’t possibly look in a full-length mirror and think that’s attractive.

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