Celebrate Your Body
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the March 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
"I wasn't born a waif." Amy Sacco, 6'1'', size 12; owns Bungalow 8, a club, and Bette, a restaurant, in New York City
Blonde Venus: Amy still remembers the names she was called as a kid: Daddy Long Legs, Amazon Amy, Jolly Green Giant. But her mother urged her to be proud of her statuesque proportions, and that helped; so did voluptuous actress heroes like Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, and Mae West. "I'm the quintessential big blonde—the only time I've felt like a shrimp was next to [seven-foot-tall basketball superstar] Patrick Ewing."
Club Queen: A glamorous presence on the nightlife circuit ("I have 20-hour days—I don't need to go to the gym"), Amy has been clubbing since she was 15: Her extra-long legs came in handy when she was a New Jersey teenager sneaking out her bedroom window to make the Manhattan scene.
Learning Curves: "It's important to embrace who you are," Amy says, "and I'm never going to be a skinny girl. It's sad: I love fashion, but it's not necessarily inclusive." She works her cleavage, adores Donna Karan ("She dresses women of all sizes"), and eschews anything bare ("I have to wear a bra") or super short ("I hate my chub knees").