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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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Cyn on

Well, she used to be a lot bigger, with more weight and more curves. So…is she blaming her “natural” body shape, or her actress-like inability to eat food?

Brandy on

I do not care what you say. She should not go out and eat 10,000 calories a day but obviously she needs to eat something she looks unhealthy.

Leslee on

If you see pictures of her in a bikini lately you will see that she is very buff and little body fat. Yet she still has a tummy that sticks out, at least disproportional to, and despite,the six pack.
This is what happens when you have twins, and like many women, you can get overly slim in some areas trying to compensate for that “problem” area.

Andi on

It’s her decision to starve…mind your business. People starve all the time.

Maggie on

Wow, she looks WAY too skinny!! That is not attractive at all! She needs to tone down her workouts and eat more calories and healthy fats. Her face looks so drawn in and her chest bones are protruding. Women need to realize that looking this skinny is unattractive and sickly looking. She actually looks older than her age. Hope she can put some weight on and get back to looking healthy.

anon on

Eat you idiot!

Jill on

Her implants are too big for her tiny body.

rachel on

Too skinny!! She looks horrible!!

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