Why don’t you tell us how you really feel, Ashley Benson?
Ocean Drive’s January cover girl opens up to the glossy publication about overcoming unrealistic beauty ideals in show business: “I was just told I was too fat for a part,” said the actress who started out on the soap Days of Our Lives at age 14. “I’m a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder.”
Benson, thankfully, does not have an eating disorder. And her career is flourishing thanks to her juicy part as Hanna on ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars, plus roles on the big screen, like controversial indie Spring Breakers with Selena Gomez.
The 26-year-old, who will be flying down later this month for a VIP Ocean Drive cover party in her honor, has great memories of the Magic City. She told the magazine that one particularly electric trip was back in 2012, when she hung out on a yacht with Gomez, then attended the Ultra Music Festival: “I don’t think you could ever get bored in Miami.”
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Juan Pablo Galavis really is out of the picture for Nikki Ferrell. The Kansas City pediatric nurse — the Miami Bachelor’s pick — announced on Instagram that she is engaged to Galavis lookalike, longtime pal-turned-more Tyler Vanloo. Ferrell split with the Venezuelan soccer stud in October 2014 after a disastrous stint on VH1’s Couples Therapy. No congrats yet from JP, though his Twitter account has a picture of him on the beach (in shadow) holding hands with someone who appears female.
STARS IN AVENTURA
Gawking opportunity alert: If you can battle the traffic Thursday to get to Aventura, you will be rewarded with the opportunity to see celebrities in the flesh. A red carpet will be set up starting at 5:15 p.m. outside AMC Aventura theater on the third floor for the local premiere of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The movie, based on Chuck Hogan’s book, is about the Sept. 11, 2012, battle that went down after terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. A handful of the real-life heroes of that day will join the cast, which includes John Krasinski (The Office), James Badge Dale (Rubicon), and Max Martini (The Unit).