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Bonham Carter: I'm body confident

Helena Bonham Carter suffered from a lack of self-confidence when she was a young woman.

The actress is loved for her eccentric style and often indulges fans with wacky outfits on the red carpet.

At 48, she's finally learnt to accept who she is.

"When I was a young woman I had no self-confidence," she admitted to German magazine Brigitte.

"But I just can't be bothered to worry about what people think. Life is too short. For no money in the world would I want to be young again."

Helena has no interest in conforming to the Hollywood ideal of super-slim actresses. Instead, she's happy to embrace her looks.

"I like to eat, that's why I have curves, and it's also benefited my face," she said.

"I think it's sad that our lives are dictated by someone saying: 'You can't eat this or that if you want your body to conform to someone's ideal.' It means food becomes associated with guilt, but really it should be a source of pleasure."

Helena might feel comfortable in her own skin, but she still doesn't like watching herself on screen. The only exception is 2001's Planet of the Apes, in which she plays primate Ari.

"In that film, my face disappears behind an ape mask and doesn't distract me," she explained.

Last month, Helena stepped out in London, looking gothic glam in a black lace dress with dark red lipstick. She has previously admitted she doesn't always hit the nail on the head with her looks.

"Sometimes I see the end product and think, ‘Jesus, that’s not what I meant at all,'" she laughed in an interview with Style magazine.

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