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In Touch, June 2004

Liv Tyler likes her curves

At 5'10", statuesque Liv Tyler proves the axiom "bigger is better." With The Lord of the Rings trilogy behind her, she has taken the proof a step further.

Reportedly annoyed at having to keep her weight down to play elf princess Arwen, Liv put on 28 pounds once the 15-month shoot ended, returning to her natural size between 8 and 10.
"I was sick and tired of starving myself to look thin," she says. "I feel more comfortable at this weight. I don't care what people think."

Most people, including her husband Royston Langdon, think she's stunning. And she's not exactly out of shape. A fan of the gyrotonic expansion systen - which incorporates principles of tai chi, gymnastics, swimming, ballet and yoga - Liv knows there are Hollywood types who think anyone bigger than size 0 needs liposuction, but she has no use for them.
"I've been told that if I lose weight, I'd have more work, but I refuse to submit myself to those standards," she says.

The 26-year-old has plenty of work anyway. Onscreen, she's starring with Ben Affleck in Jersey Girl. Offscreen, she just signed on to be the new face of Givenchy makeup.
"To the rest of the world, I'm slim," says Liv, "and I like the way I am."

A real daddy's girl
Parents: Steven Tyler & Bebe Buell

With her pouty lips and high cheekbones, lovely Liv Tyler bears and uncanny resemblance to her dad, rock wildman Steven Tyler. But the Aerosmith frontman has influenced more than just Liv's looks: The Lord of the Rings beauty inherited Pop's musical talents - which she plans to showcase in the future - and even married a rock star!

While Liv and Steven are close now, she spent the first eight years of her life believing that rocker Todd Rundgren was her father. But after noticing that Steven's other daughter, Mia, could pass for her twin, Liv confronted her mom, former Playboy Playmate Bebe Buell, who revealed the truth. Four years later, Liv took her dad's name and became a huge Aerosmith fan.

Although she went on to find success in films, Liv, who married alternative rocker Royston Langdon in March 2003, hasn't forgotten her musical pedigree.
"I love to sing," she says. "I've probably been hesitant about it because that's what my dad does so well, but I've wanted to do a musical ever since I was little!" No doubt she'll make her papa proud.

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