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Stacey Dash covers the latest issue of Heart & Soul magazine. With three marriages, six engagements and two kids, it’s clear she’s a beautiful woman, but inside the 45-year-old talks about if she views herself that way and if she feels it’s a disadvantage.

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I felt very proud of my body, and it was a very liberating experience. The photographer captured me in a beautiful way. I’m very proud of those pictures.

Do you see yourself as a beautiful woman?

Of course, I see my physical self and I take care of myself and I do everything that I can to live a healthy life. When I look in the mirror, I look at that. Am I healthy? Do I feel good? How does my heart feel today? How does my spirit feel today? That’s not to say that I don’t put on my makeup or blow-dry my hair (laughs). I do do those things, but those are not the things that make me feel beautiful.

So what makes you feel beautiful?

When I’m being my best self and I’m giving my best self to those around me. If I’m experiencing love in my life with my children, with my family and with my friends, that’s what makes me feel beautiful. Beauty is something that will come and go. It won’t last.

But beauty does not have its advantages in the way that people respond to you and treat you.

I don’t think in those terms. I really don’t. I don’t walk into a room and think, I’m beautiful; I have an advantage. I also don’t walk into a room and think that I’m not as beautiful; I’m at a disadvantage. I don’t think anyone should ever do that and if they do, they should work on it. That should not be an advantage or disadvantage. It should be about who you are inside and what you have to give to the world.

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