Viewers have blasted Mercedes “MJ” Javid for flaunting her curves, but the Shahs of Sunset star isn't interested in slimming down.
Now she’s proudly posing in the new issue of In Touch — in a skin-baring monokini bathing suit!
The real estate agent, who varies from a size 8 to 10, exclusively tells the magazine, “I am not ashamed of my body.”
“Skinny is not appealing to me,” MJ admits. “If I were to admire another woman’s body type, it would probably be someone who is very curvaceous and slender in the right places. I think men tend to like it better.” So which celebrity does MJ think has the ideal physique? “Sofia Vergara!”
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While the Shahs star tries to eat right and get to the gym for 40-minute cardio sessions as often as possible, MJ refuses to go to extremes when it comes to her diet.
“When I first moved to LA, I went to an internist who told me I was really overweight, and he actually prescribed diet pills,” she tells In Touch. “I went to school and was shaking and having a hard time concentrating in class. I lost weight, [but] it was definitely not a healthy way to do it.”
At the end of the day, MJ admits to having “a love-hate relationship” with her body, something she’s come to accept.
"I am not striving to be thin,” she admits. “The only person that I really want to please is myself.”
Tune in to Shahs of Sunset every Sunday on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET. For the full interview and exclusive photos, pick up the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.