Jennifer Love Hewitt shows off her 'Shape'

11:00 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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USA TODAY - Wearing an "electric pink and white" bikini, Jennifer Love Hewitt is baring her in-Shape bod as the mag's March cover girl.

The Client List actress has had a rocky road with the media when it comes to body issues, taking a beating in 2007 for some unflattering photos that forced herself to defend her size-2 shape.

"I'm getting ready to turn 34, so it's a very big deal to be asked to be on the cover in a bikini," she says in a behind-the-scenes video for Shape. "I feel like in Hollywood sometimes when you're an actress and you're 34, it's like, you should just pack your bags."

So where does she derive her motivation and confidence? Being a role model inspires her to look her best, she says. She'll read tweets from fans and tells Shape, "I know they're counting on me to feel powerful."

Now, JLove says that she feels best when she's taking care of herself and working out. A healthy life has more meaning since her mother, Patricia, died in June. A bereft Hewitt wanted to crawl into a hole, but friends urged her to get active."When life hits you so hard - whether someone you care for dies or your lover leaves you - working out can save your life. It certainly saved mine."

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