Mariska Hargitay, Size 8, No Apologies

Mariska Hargitay arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.Mariska Hargitay arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Mariska Hargitay arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Mariska Hargitay arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

(CBS) Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" star, says she's "proud" to be a size 8.

The 46-year-old actress, who plays the tough but tender cop who puts sex criminals behind bars, doesn't just play a woman with high self-esteem, she is one.

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"I think I'm a very attractive person, but I don't put myself in the realm of the beauty," the 5'8" actress told More magazine in January. "That's not where I get my esteem. I'm a size 8, and I feel proud of that, because it's healthy. I've never felt compelled to be a skinny actress."

Hargitay is hardly in the plus-size category. And it's shocking that she needs to defend herself against her ultra-thin Hollywood peers.

But she's not the only celebrity who is confident in her curves. See who else is on the list.

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