Whenever I want to shake up a craving for something sweet, I follow Kimber- ly’s simple recipe based on Ayurvedic principles for nourishing nerves. I toss the following into a small saucepan, heat under a boil, and drink at once:
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 2 teaspoons of honey (preferably raw) or coconut nectar.
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom pinch of saffron or turmeric.
Then, of course, there are my fellow burlesque stars Dirty Martini and the World Famous *BOB*. Magnifique! When Dirty and *BOB* set their forty- plus-inch hips in motion, the crowd loses it. Audiences worldwide revel in all their ample voluptuousness. And these gals are each physically, beautifully fit. Have no doubt: they exercise. They have to be in spectacular shape to accomplish the feats they do onstage. After all, Dirty dances en pointe. These women have confidence in spades. They do not apologize for their Rubenesque curves.
In fact, they celebrate them with brio and allure, and that is why men and women alike cannot get enough of them. I always say, either take the steps to lose the weight you keep threatening to lose or love the way you are. Be a woman among the girls and celebrate your strength and curves! But do it with your well-being into consideration. Yes, keeping in tip-top shape is part of my livelihood. But when I’m in fine fettle, I feel strength and power that I can walk in these heels wherever—and as confidently—as I want. Train of Thought An early vocal champion of the correlation between health and glamour was Elizabeth Arden. There was nothing shameful about working out and looking beautiful, the cosmetics entrepreneur believed. Alongside the latest facials and skincare procedures, as far back as the 1940s, Madame Arden’s signature Red Door salons offered restorative physical fitness regimens, including yoga. She credited the practice with having saved her from hip surgery. Like yoga, Pilates and ballet can serve as a low-impact fitness regimen, which is why I prefer them in lieu of other workouts. The exception is my rebounder, a mini-trampoline. Twenty minutes of running and dancing on it in my garden get my heart rate up. Otherwise, I take to the studio for an hour of Pilates or ballet. Before I start- ed Pilates in 1999, I couldn’t manage a single sit-up. Now I have mastered the perfect teaser, an exercise at the very core of this discipline. I’d always studied ballet and I even wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up. One of my many collections is pointe shoes dyed in every color of the rainbow. Such a pretty pile of satin shoes! When I’m home in L.A., I take a Pilates class three to six times a week. It energizes me. Even when my body aches, stretching and exercise get me through the stiffness to feel human again, both physically and emotionally. All these low-impact training staves off some of the inevitable risks of aging. That’s reason enough to start lifting those legs along with weights.