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Kate Beckinsale: Enjoy your beauty

Kate Beckinsale believes beauty is a "gift" that should be enjoyed.

The stunning actress thinks people should appreciate their good looks and take pleasure in them while they last. Kate added that those lucky enough to have children should pass on the positive attitude to their offspring and be happy about their genetic blessings.

"I feel like beauty is a gift that you have for a while, and you enjoy the hell out of it while you have it. And if you're lucky enough to have a daughter and you give it to her, you enjoy the fact that she has it," she told the UK edition of Glamour magazine.

Kate added that she intends to age gracefully like her "very beautiful" mother.

The 38-year-old Hollywood star insisted that she prefers a naturally matured face over surgically enhanced features.

"My mother was always very, very, very beautiful - she still is, in her sixties. I'm sure she feels, 'Wouldn't it be nice if my neck did this?' but not to the degree of cutting parts of herself off and dragging them behind her ears," she said. "I feel very similar. I much prefer how my mother looks to the people I see here with the wind-tunnel face."

Kate also spoke of the unreasonable pressure new mothers come under to snap back into shape after giving birth.

The star said she was "gigantic" when she was pregnant with daughter Lily, but didn't care to shed the baby weight shortly after giving birth because she was too busy being a mother.

"I was gigantic after I had Lily - I put on a good 3-and-a-half stone, and it didn't go 'til I stopped breast feeding... I was lucky that Britain wasn't so paparazzi-orientated [then]. I was allowed to get on with it and enjoy my baby - and figure out what being a mother was all about instead of worrying about [fitting into] my f**king jeans," she said. "There's an obsessional hatred of normal human processes. Pregnancy changes a woman's body and should. It isn't normal to not look like you've had a baby immediately after you've had a baby."

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