Jillian Michaels Says She’ll Never Post a ‘Belfie’

12/23/2015 at 09:41 AM ET

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Don’t expect to see any “belfies” showing up on Jillian Michaels’ Instagram page!

“I’m not into fitness professionals who post selfies that show off their butts or other body parts,” Michaels, 41, told Women’s Health in their January/February issue (on newsstands December 29). “Come on, that’s not fitness – it’s soft-core porn. Put your clothes on.”

“I get it – you love your body and bravo that – but it’s not fitness,” she continued. “Fitness to me is about empowering people. It’s about redefining self-image.”

Michaels also says she supports the idea of accepting people of all shapes and sizes, as long as it doesn’t cross the line into unhealthy territory.

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“I think people need to love themselves no matter who they are or what they look like, because only from that place can you truly have happiness and abundance,” she told the magazine. “But I’m not going to embrace people being unhealthy.”

She believes people who let themselves get too overweight often have a lack of self worth.

“If you really loved yourself, you would know that if we cut your artery open, it wouldn’t be a beautiful thing,” Michaels said. “So this is where I’m like, ‘Let’s completely separate your beauty and your worth from your body. You as a person? You’re beautiful; you’re worthy. Your body? Unhealthy.’ Let’s cut the s—-.”

The fitness pro and mom to daughter Lukensia, 5, and son Phoenix, 3, also opened up about why her relationship with partner Heidi Rhoades works.

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“For Heidi and me, it worked out: I love my career, whereas she just wants to be a mom,” she said. “She used to work with musicians but gave it up because she didn’t like the business side of it. Now she’s happy: To her, this is all. She loves gardening, farms and kids. She’s very earth mother.”

Michaels does plan on retiring within the next decade though.

“I want to work really hard for 10 years, and by 50, I’m on a reserve in Africa.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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She has also spoken many, many times on her podcast about how she hates her rear end, that she has been working out like a fiend to fix it, and that she doesn’t feel like showing off cellulite. Her choice, of course, and there is nothing wrong with not wanting to be a Kardashian-type, behind-flaunting attention mongerer, but that is the rest of the story.

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