Lacey Schwimmer is proud of her curves, says she’s a size four

I’ve seen Lacey Schwimmer, Chaz Bono’s partner this season, on Dancing with The Stars and I think she’s hot on the dancefloor. (When she dresses herself, not so much.) When she dances she really moves it and she’s graceful and kickass at the same time. Lacey has come under fire for being “larger,” relatively, to the other tiny dancers on that show. She looks like she eats and maintains a great muscular physique. In a new interview with In Touch, Lacey says she’s proud of her curves and that she’s defending herself against the people mocking her online. Then the article states she’s a size four. They don’t directly quote Lacey on the size, they just say “Now a healthy size four.”

“As a dancer, you are supposed to look a certain way,” she explains during an exclusive photo shoot with In Touch. And while the 23-year-old certainly developed thicker skin over the years, she is not immune to bullying. Recently ridiculed for how she looked in a pair of high-waisted jeans, Lacey quickly became the subject of cruel taunts online.

“There are so many blogs and websites hating on me,” she says. “When people start talking – even if I don’t agree with what they’re saying – it definitely affects you.”

It’s easy to see why, especially considering that Lacey suffered a debilitating eating disorder when she was 13 that withered her already tiny body to a size o. Weighing just 98 pounds and living on six slices of turkey a day – combined with hours of dancing – Lacey shares, “My hair was falling out and my skin was gray. It was a really bad time.” Though she recovered at age 15, during a 2009 interview with In Touch, the dancer revealed that she will “always battle” with her weight.

Now a healthy size 4, Lacey… refuses to cover her body in shame over the “mom jeans” scandal. In fact, she promises to reveal her taut stomach more than ever this season… “I have boobs, I have a huge butt and I have a lot of muscle,” says says. “I like having curves – I’m proud of them!”

[From In Touch, print edition, October 10, 2011]

Kaiser has written many times about our skepticism at the new trend of vanity sizing. Her position is that if you’re not comfortable mentioning a size, or if you’re going to shave a few sizes off, don’t mention one at all. I could see Lacey being a six in some styles because she’s so fit, but four is pushing it to me. Maybe Lacey didn’t directly say this and it’s something In Touch added, who knows. Given the size quotes we’ve heard from Kirstie Alley, it’s possible the Dancing With the Stars gowns are all a couple of sizes smaller on the tag than they are in reality.

That said, that’s awful that Lacey had a terrible eating disorder. I think I remember reading about that when she first talked about it. I hope that she’s really as confident as she sounds here, because she should be. The issue that a lot of us had with those mom jeans wasn’t her weight at all, it was her atrocious fashion. That’s easily remedied, although in Lacey’s case I’m not so sure because she’s just so consistent with it.

Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz Bono’s second dance. (From this week)

Lacey and Chaz’s first dance.





Lacey is shown on 9/14/11 in the header image. Lacey is shown on 9/14/11 in the header image. The other photos, in order, are from 9/12/11, 9/4/11 and 8/25/11. Credit: Pacific Coast News and Fame

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  1. Lia Belle says:

    I wouldn’t mind being fat like her!!! 🙂

  2. Pyewacket says:

    She wears the ugliest clothes on earth that make her look fat and trashy, when she isn’t fat and I assume not trashy.

  3. blc says:

    her stomach looks great in that beach pic but there is no way she is a size 4. She is a thick girl! She is only 5’3. In order for her to be a size 4 she’d have to be pretty thin and she is not. Hearing her using the ol “i’m a size 4” line just makes me not like her at all.

  4. Nancy C. says:

    yeah, she does have a nice body….nice to see a bit of meat on a girl for a change!!

  5. Delta Juliet says:

    She’s got a kick ass body. She’s toned and shapely at the same time.

    I’m not even a big fan of her look because although she seems sweet, I always think she seems kind of “trashy”. But seriously, not all dancers look like twigs.

  6. Brittney says:

    I don’t know, in those bikini photos especially she looks like she could be a size four.

    The majority of women we see under public scrutiny (read: almost every actress out there) are size twos at the very biggest, so I understand the urge to see her as a little bigger, but there’s really nothing big about her body… at least not about her frame.

    Her waist is tiny, her boobs really aren’t that big, and her butt just looks like the butt of an average woman, not one her size. I’d gladly accept that she’s a size four. I’m a size six on a good, non-bloated day, and I look a whole lot bigger than she does.

  7. Jezi says:

    I remember Cheryl Burke went through similar criticism and it’s really messed up. She looks good and I’m sure she’s toned.

  8. brin says:

    Is that a Kirstie Alley 4 or a regular 4?
    She looks good in the beach shots.

  9. jen says:

    That’s just her body type & I think she’s lovely. We know she’s in great shape & healthy. It’s kind of refresing actually.

  10. L says:

    She might might have been a size 4 when she was on So You think you can dance (which she was awesome on) Now…meh…maybe a 6.

    But who cares? It was def. the magazine who came up with that number. While she has horrible fashion sense, she’s got a cute body (and people did this same crap with Cheryl burke)

  11. ohcutemissa says:

    I’d buy that she is a size 4- she isn’t very tall. I’m t’7 and an easy size 6 and I’m definitely more athletic than slender…

  12. imabrat says:

    Is four the magic number these days? I’m a four and it doesn’t seem magical.

  13. marie says:

    totally off topic, but i have no interest in DWS usually, but I watched these videos and Chaz looks so adorable and happy that I hope he wins.

  14. Sillyone says:

    As my pawpaw would say “Damn girl is built like a brick shit house!” That isn’t a bad thing.

    She looks great wish more women had curves instead of looking like prepubescent boys.

  15. coconut says:

    i think her shape is great AND i would recommend she wear some more flattering (less bulky) styles on her hips/legs.

  16. Annaloo says:

    Women and the numbers we lie about: age, weight, and what’s in the bank account.

  17. Maritza says:

    She dresses awful and she looks more like a size 8.

  18. Maritza says:

    She dresses awful and she looks more like a size 8, which is not large at all.

  19. Spifferific says:

    I like her. She’s built very similarly to me (well except for my extensive love of carbs and not so flat stomach) I’m a legit size 4 and she’s about where I am. I totally buy it.

  20. LadyBird83 says:

    Yeah her body is perfection. And yes her dress size is DEFINITELY a size 4. I have never watched DWTS but I am trying to keep up with Chaz cause I think he is so brave for putting himself out there to be judged. It takes the heart of a real man to do that.

  21. SEF says:

    It’s fine to talk about having curves, but the fact is her curves up top are silicone, not natural.

    So much for being happy with her body the way it is.

  22. Sarah says:

    I was a size 4 once in my life (a long time ago) and I was sickly thin then. If you have curves and meat, you’re not likely to fit into a size below 6.

    I think she has a great body and I’d love to have a body like that now.

  23. Lady D says:

    I cannot watch the videos. They are not available in my country. Most of the Celebitchy videos are off limits to me in Canada. Not complaining, I can find the videos elsewhere I’m sure, just don’t understand why. I watched Adele’s video on TMZ no problem.

  24. Quinnie88 says:

    The sizing really confuses me too…..
    Im 5,1 about 115 im slim but i do have meat on my hips and tummy( Thanks to babies LOL) and my jeans are a size 5. I am in Canada and i dont know if the sizes are diff or what but i can get into a 4 buts its snug. Maybe designer clothes are smaller make?
    Now i think she looks great i love meat on women but when i was heavier i weighted in at 140 and she looks around the size i was to me 130 -140 range. When i was that size i was lucky to squeeze into a 9 jeans ??????? Camera does add ten pounds and she looks smaller in the photos at the bottom so who knows!!

  25. Feebee says:

    Maybe a four on top and a six on the bottom?

    Since most of the outfits are made on the show I doubt they bother stitching a size label on them.

  26. Mary jones says:

    Her bottom half looks kardashian size. And this site makes fun of Kim for saying shes a four. This girl is not a 4.

  27. Lithe says:

    I just can’t get onboard with bodysnarking on someone who’s had an eating disorder. And who really cares if she says she’s a 00?

  28. Falliblehuman says:

    She’s beautiful. Healthy, fit, and gorgeous curves.

  29. danielle says:

    5 3 is fairly short, if she says she’s a 4 I would believe her.

  30. Mi says:

    I thin that she couyld be a size 4 when it comes to dresses and possibly size 6 in trousers but she could also be a size 4 in trousers. She looks similar in body type to my sister so it could be right about a 4. And then it’s different from brand ot brand also so maybe where she shops she’s a size 4!

  31. layla says:

    Whether she is a size four or not is irrelevant.

    Each body type is different. Some when they dance get incredibly lean and others become more muscular.

    What is relevant is that she is a fit, strong, healthy woman.

  32. janie says:

    She definately could be a size 4. I’m 5’3 1/2 and weigh 145 lbs and comfortably fit into a size 6. I’m not as toned as she is so she could be a size 4 because she is so toned. I think she looks fantastic and very healthy!!!

  33. lisas says:

    She’s gorgeous, she’s just a crap dresser. Gives you an idea of how much the right or wrong clothing can affect how hot you look.

    I have no idea what “size 4” means – and I don’t care. Sizes aren’t standard here, and I think that’s for the best, considering all the nonsense around them.

  34. Jen34 says:

    Well, I’m 5′ 3″ and about 125 pounds. I’m an HONEST pear-shaped, C cup size 8. I can’t believe she is anything less than a size 8 either.

  35. missie says:

    She’s a great size, my only issue is with her hair. She used to be a brunette on “so you think you can dance” and it was SO CUTE. Now…meh, just another blonde.

  36. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    Actually I could believe her being a size four. She looks rather trim around the tummy, her butt looks a bit bigger (in a good way) but alot of stuff is more about hot it fits around the waist. She doesn’t look far enough away from a size four for me to care if she lies or not. I’d only call someone out on that shit if it was super obvious, it’s not with her so whatever number she wants to say she is I don’t care.

  37. Happy21 says:

    She’s beautiful and has a rockin’ bod. I would love to have her bod but I don’t think she’s less than a size 8.

    As I’ve said before I really think these stars exaggerating their petite sizes is because the smallest parts of their body are that size. Like maybe her jeans are a 4 but her dress size (because you would never fit a nice, big ass into a size 4 dress) maybe is more of an 8. Women are different sizes everywhere. Bottoms and tops and middles. If I wear hip huggers I can fit a 6 but anything that sits higher is an 8. Tops, I’m more of a 10 or 12. If I went by this and was into ‘vanity sizing’ I could be like the stars and say I’m a 6. But that is laughable and far, far from the truth!

  38. Annie says:

    I don’t buy that she’s a size 4 except with extreme vanity sizing. I think she’s more like a size 10. She’s not fat by any means but girl is built like a tank – very thick and muscular. A size 4 looks more either lanky or petite. I’m 5’8 and 125lb and built kinda like Paltrow: looks deceptively like I have an ass from behind, I turn side on there’s nothin’ there – and I’m a size 4. Can’t see any woman with a ‘juicy’ looking butt being a 4 unless she’s super short.

    btw isn’t there anything Lacey can do about her cross-eyes?

  39. jess says:

    she is a size 4 with out a doubt. the smaller you are, the smaller clothes you tend to wear. i had a friend who was a size 9 w/o an ounce of fat on her body…at 5’10”. I’m 5’6″ and a size 4 on a bad day, but i have tiny bones. you guys would all be on here saying “size 4 my ass!” while i sit there with a size small shirt and 27in jeans on. size 4 looks chubby on me. its just reality. bone structure makes all the difference.

    that being said, i’d KILL for her stomach!

  40. Novaraen says:

    I’d say that’s a Kirstie Alley size 4 she’s talking about.

  41. As a designer, I can easily imagine her to be a size 4. The fact that she is a professional dancer means she is EXTREMELY petite, short & light (frame wise), or she never would have committed her life to being a professional! I can easily imagine that she is a size 4 even though she doesn’t look like a 6’0″ size 4. Also, I think she is amazingly beautiful & totally perfect exactly as she is – I would absolutely hope that those calling her anything but stunning would have their heads examined – 99% of Americans would DIE to have that body! I have to throw in there that I love CHAZ on this season’s DWTS! Such a refreshing couple!

  42. Roma says:

    I just called my girlfriend who had drinks with Lacey in Vegas a few weeks ago and she said absolutely Lacey is around a size 4. She’s much smaller in real life she just has strong legs.

    Edited to add: I just got this text – “but her boobs are totally designer.”

  43. Darlene says:

    I second the notion “I’d like to be fat like she is.”

  44. Catherine says:

    I’m 5’3 and a former fitness competitor with a TON of muscle. I’m 130 AND a size four. Although I am sure people here would see me and say I’m thick or big or lying if they saw pics of me, I promise. I’m a small top and size 2-4 bottoms. I absolutely could see her being a four.

  45. Megan says:

    Her butt made me go “daaaaaaaaaaaaayyyummm” in my head. I don’t care what size she is, she looks fantastic and I wish I had a butt like that!

  46. Bopa says:

    She’s not fat but she’s not a size 4.

  47. Cindi says:

    Size four – that’s a lie and she should be embarassed to say that. Just tell the truth!

  48. birdgherl says:

    She’s completely adorable. Yes, probably could use a good stylist but people need to lay off already. She’s strong and healthy and not starving herself to death anymore!!!

  49. Kelly says:

    She looks like an 8 but nothing at all wrong with that, she looks great.

  50. Isa says:

    I gotta start shopping where the stars do. (ha if only I had the money!)I still have 10-12 lbs of pregnancy weight and I went up two sizes. Boo. Then again I do shop in the JRs department.

  51. only1shmoo says:

    Oh Christ, everyone in Hollywood is a “size 4” now. What a load of BS. By the way, when did “4” become the magic number?

    I’m 5’7″ and a size 8, and my waist is way smaller than hers, but I guess I’m a fatty by some standards…oh no wait, I take that back, I’m a “size 4” too *wink*

  52. nvrmnd says:

    “i have boobs” yeah brand new fake ones!!!!!

  53. sassy says:

    I really HATE skinny bitches who claim they are proud of their curves and then claim they are a size four. So condescending.

  54. Judy says:

    She’s drinking the Kirstie Alley Kool-Aid.

  55. don't put a number on it says:

    I’ve gotten to the point where I believe anytime someone mentions their size (unless in a dress store), they are lying to make themselves feel better. If they are legitimately small, it seems like it’s an obnoxious way to elevate themselves.

    I think that if Lacey as genuinely ok with her bod and wanting to embrace healthy curves, she shouldn’t put a number/size on it. We are too obsessed with size while we continue to get fatter and fatter.

  56. Mariella says:

    I am 5′ 2″ and a half, and the only time I in my adult life that I was a size 4 was when I was on a starvation/exercise binge that left we under 100 pounds. She looks more like what I look like now (minus the trashy clothes, lol) and I’d say she is a size 8. I am a 10, but that’s cause I need to exercise.

  57. Annie says:

    Her body is fine. She doesn’t need to lose any weight. She does, however, desperately need to hire a stylist.

  58. JaneWonderfalls says:

    @Brin… I was wondering that myself. None the less she looks great, toned, healthy.

  59. Amanda says:

    I would say she’s more like a 6. I have a very athletic build like she does, and I’m also 5’3 and when I was as small as she is I was a size 5/6 most places. There were a few places like Old Navy where I wore a size 4 and I could even fit into a 2 at some places. At most stores I was a 5/6 though. If vanity sizing is so bad then what are most hollywood actresses wearing? Do they make negative sizes? lol

  60. Estella says:

    I’m 5’10, 135 lbs and a size 4. This girl is not a size 4. She’s thick and it looks great on her. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the size you are. I guess I am happy about this new trend of everybody being size 4 though. Remember when every actress was announcing she was a size 00? Still, I think this “sizing” obsession can make anyone above a size 4 feel badly about themselves and that is not cool.

  61. observer says:

    She’s definitely no bigger than a four. She’s short, so she looks stockier than a tall size four. Reminds me of when Shawn Johnson, who has a similar body type, was on DWTS. Shawn was very slim, short and muscular, and some people were dumb enough to say this Olympic athlete was fat.

  62. JT says:

    It’s silly to believe that all these women in Hollywood are lying about what size clothes they wear. There has to be another explanation for it. There was an interesting article on Discovery News about today’s clothing size. Here’s an interesting bit.

    “Size 4 offers the widest range of variation, followed by size 6, reported Tammy Kinley, who researches garment size issues at the University of North Texas, Denton… Kinley also found that more expensive brands offered bigger versions of a given size…”Kirstie Alley probably does have a size 4 in her closet,” Kinley said. “And she probably paid a lot of money for it.””

    But I’m pretty sure Kirstie doesn’t have a 22 inch waist, unless designers have been messing with measuring tapes as well.

  63. selena says:

    who gives a shit what size this woman is? she’s beautiful, healthy & quite lovely. you can know this for certain: no one cares about what size you wear because you’re nobody.

  64. Tiffany says:

    I am with Marie. I am liking Chaz more after joining Dancing. With the initial interviews and the reality show he did after he decided to transition, it gave me a new prespective on him. He is happy with himself and it shows. I am also so glad that they paired him with Lacey, they just seem to work.

  65. person says:

    “Taut stomach”? No disrespect to her, but I think Americans don’t even know what a normal body size is anymore. This is just a normal stomach.

  66. Sara says:


    Sure there are a lot of over weight people in the USA but saying we don’t know what a normal size is, that’s stupid. There are a lot of skinny women in the US, especially young, pretty ones. I see lots of girls walking around downtown who are a size 0. I’m not sure where you’re from but it really irritates me when people say all Americans are fat. They aren’t. There are fat people everywhere.

  67. RovingLass says:

    She looks wonderful, very athletic and muscular. I think that the public has been bombarded with unrealistic body images (both real and photoshopped) that many of us forget what a woman is meant to look like.

  68. Evelyn says:

    I’m honestly a six, so I’d believe she’s a four. Not that it matters. She could be a size eight and she looks better than 95% of the size twos I’ve seen

  69. Tucson says:

    I have gone from a size 20 to a 12 and trying to get the last 20 lbs off. I would never want to look emaciated or boyish.I think she looks beautiful and healthy! I would give almost anything to look like she does, whatever her size is.

  70. wenderwoman says:

    I just wish she would get rid of that hair color. She is so much prettier as a brunette. Why do so many women insist on being platinum blonde? It’s an awful color and so fake looking. The only person it looks good on is Gwen Stefani.

  71. Cheri says:

    She can’t dress for shit but she has a wonderful, athletic body and she shouldn’t be attacked for that.

  72. Jen says:

    You know, I’d have to see her standing next to a “regular” person. I’m always amazed when I see a celebrity in person, they look oddly tiny. When I saw Mick Jagger’s outfits in the rock hall, I was BLOWN AWAY that any man is that puny.

  73. AcesHigh says:

    Hmm, I dunno. I’m 5’1 and a size 6, so for her height and what her body looks like, I really believe she can be a size four. Perhaps near a size 6 too, but 4 is fathomable.

  74. Trashaddict says:

    All the comments snarking on her size are just proof this country is getting more screwed up by the day. I was checking out the maternity section in my local store and they had maternity t-shirts that would have been tight on Madonna. We are so messed up it’s not even permissible to look pregnant any more? I am so sick of the Barbie Patrol.

  75. Camille says:

    She is gorgeous, but boy does she have terrible taste in fashion.

  76. Kim says:

    She obviously isnt fine with her size since she is lying about it. Im not saying she is fat by any means. She definitely has a thicker/gymnast type body but she isnt being honest about her size. Ive seen her in person and she is NOT a size 4.