Reese Witherspoon never wanted to exploit her sexuality in photoshoots

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has never posed for sexy photoshoots because she doesn't want people to think of her in that way.

Throughout her career, the Big Little Lies star has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and posed for many photoshoots, but the pictures never have a smouldering or sexy edge, and in an interview with Vanity Fair, she explained that was a deliberate decision.

"I always had a thing about exploiting sexuality. When I came up in the business, there were all these men's magazines we were told to cater to. I was never in Maxim. I was never picked as a GQ girl, and I'm O.K. with that because that's not how I wanted to be viewed. That's not how I see myself," she explained.

The 43-year-old shared that she wanted to place more importance on her acting and comedic talents than on her appearance because she can keep working once ageing sets in.

"I always say, 'Funny doesn't sag.' I always just wanted to be funny, you know? And you can't be rendered obsolete if you just keep being funny," Reese continued. "Guess what gets rendered obsolete? Your boobs go south, your face goes south, your a*s goes south, but you can always be funny. And those are my idols, my heroes - Goldie (Hawn), Holly Hunter, Diane Keaton, Nancy Meyers - smart and funny."

However, the mother-of-three insisted women should be allowed to display their sexuality if they want to.

"It's complex. It's not how I grew up. I grew up thinking you dress the way you want to be treated. But things are changing," she added.

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