Teri Hatcher
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Her makeup-free Facebook photos inspired women everywhere to stand up and cheer, sparking a national conversation about truth and beauty. Now, after taking Oprah's stage, Teri Hatcher is continuing the discussion on Oprah.com.

The
Desperate Housewives actress opens up about why beauty isn't defined by a dress size, what she learned from her mother about aging and how women can stop criticizing—and start embracing—themselves.


Q: What is your definition of beauty?

A: Beauty is a combination of qualities. I don't think one can deny that certain people or things feel aesthetically pleasing. But without an equally pleasing being behind that form, there is no beauty there.

Q: When do you feel most beautiful?

A: When I'm my most healthy. And by that, I mean eating right, exercising, lifting weights and also sleeping well, experiencing joy, seeing friends, camping, hiking, laughing. When that combination is in balance, I feel strong, focused, happy and definitely my most beautiful. It is certainly not based on a scale or a dress size.