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Rosario Dawson appears on the cover of Shape magazines August 2011 issue. / Rosario Dawson talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of Zookeeper in July 2011. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / Shape

Rosario Dawson dons bikini for Shape magazine shoot, talks pressure to be thin

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07/25/2011 by Corinne Heller

Rosario Dawson showcases a slim frame in a white, long-sleeved top and white bikini bottoms on the cover of Shape magazine's August 2011 issue and says that society's views regarding women's bodies is a form of violence.

The 32-year-old actress has been touted for her sexy moves and fit body in films such as "Sin City" and "Rent," made her comments in a video interview posted on the magazine's website, which also includes footage of her posing in several bikinis.

She said people have told her on Twitter that she is "too skinny." Dawson played Mimi, an HIV-positive drug addict in "Rent," a 2005 movie based on a Broadway musical. She said she lost weight to get into character.

"I remember everyone asking when I was doing press for the movie, 'What did you do to look so thin? You looked great' and I'm like, 'I looked emaciated,'" Dawson told Shape.

"It's a form of violence, in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be - for what sake?" she said. "Not health, not survival, not enjoyment of life but just so you could look pretty. I'm constantly telling girls all the time, 'Everything's airbrushed, everything's retouched. None of us look like that.'"

Regardless, she said she is "grateful to be on the cover of Shape and be able to show myself, my normal self."

Check out Rosario Dawson's video interview with Shape magazine below.

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