Drew Barrymore: 'I Am Who I Am, and I Just Don't Have a Bikini Body!'

10/09/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

Drew Barrymore is one of our all-time favorite celebrities — she’s personable, fun, takes a great selfie and is always down to try something new. Which is why she was the perfect choice to test out InStyle‘s first-ever virtual reality cover experience. But inside, she was the same old Drew: Candid, charming and totally relatable on things including body image and what you really don’t want to know about your parents.

Drew Barrymore InStyle 2015Courtesy InSTyle

First and most important to Barrymore is to know thyself, and to then have a sense of humor about thyself. “I am who I am and I just don’t have a bikini body,” she says. “I don’t even have a one-piece body anymore! But I am loving the long rash guard, board-shorts look.”

Though it’s not always easy to be so laid-back about it. “I’ve beaten myself up about not being a certain thing. If someone says, ‘Let’s go to the beach today,’ my first thought is, ‘F––, what am I going to wear?’ I remember when Amy Schumer was on Ellen, she called her midsection a ‘lava lamp.’ I thought, That was perfect! That’s what I’ve been trying to say. But then I saw her in Trainwreck, and she looked so good in a tiny bra and short skirt. I was like, ‘No, you don’t have a lava lamp.’”

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She is more focused these days on passing on what she’s learned from her rollercoaster childhood. “I’m not going to pretend to my daughters that I’m pure as the driven snow… The best I can do is open up my heart to them. That’s soul-baring enough,” she explains. “Making bad decisions doesn’t make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices.”

And one better choice she intends to make? Not embarrassing her kids with her new book of personal essays, Wildflower, which she calls “a love letter” to her daughters. “My own mother, Jaid, wrote a book on sex, and it was the most mortifying feeling in the world,” she says. “So I know how a child feels when their parents put themselves out there too much, and I will never do that to my daughters. There are some things about your parents you just don’t need to know.”

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Visit InStyle.com for more and pick up the new issue of the magazine on stands Oct. 16. Then tell us: Do you love Drew too? Will you try the virtual reality experience?

–Alex Apatoff

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suzannebarr10 on

Love her…so honest and true. Very down to earth girl.

Vanessa Fasanella on

Every woman has a bikini body. Wear whatever you want, and don’t apologize. Just wear something that fits, and is modest enough for a mother to be seen in.

I wear bikinis, and I’m the same age as you, and also have two daughters.

Edyie on

Most people who wear bikinis don’t have the body for them. Check out the beaches. I love her refreshing honesty and attitude. Good for her.

Kate on

Word up @DrewBarrymore! There’s definitely more to life than a bikini body! Keep it classy beautiful lady!

Geena on

So refreshing to hear a celebrity admit that to the public. Some of these other size 0-2 celebrities who keep showing pics of themselves working out and at the beach should take some lessons from Drew. They wouldn’t get so many mad votes then.

cg on

She is so beautiful! It’s good she is just natural and real and just loves being a mom. So happy for her that she turned her life around.

nope on

very few of us have the genetic to pull off a bikini successfully.

theres always something to criticize about our appearance,

it ok though.

the beach is a beautiful place and restorative.

if you cant wear a swimsuit there are other alternatives.

Sarah25 on

No, there is a difference. The average woman can wear a bikini when she’s older or has had kids and barely be noticed, but Drew would be blasted and criticized in every rag at the news stand and every celebrity web site. Her body would be ridiculed by them unlike the other women at the beach. Maybe she doesn’t want to be put on display like that. So quit telling her to wear whatever she wants.


so is so refreshing, I just love her!

erica2 on

@Vanessa…Drew said it correctly every woman does NOT have a bikini body and there is nothing wrong with that. Designers make a wide array of cover-up, wraps, and one pieces for a reason!

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