Lindsey Vonn: U.S skiing’s pinup girl ‘still self-conscious’

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Lindsey Vonn is poster girl for U.S. skiing

Says she is conscious of her body image

Endured public split with Tiger Woods

Set up foundation to inspire young women

CNN  — 

She’s the golden girl of American skiing and one of the most marketable athletes on the planet, but Lindsey Vonn says she feels out of place in the glamorous red-carpet scene.

Vonn, whose face adorns the covers of countless magazines and websites, transcends skiing – her astonishing success and Olympic gold have made her a household name in the U.S.

Her high-profile lifestyle, and past relationship with golf superstar Tiger Woods, brought yet more attention as well as parties, film premieres and galas.

But Vonn says being faced with hundreds of cameras pointed in her direction is something she’d rather avoid.

LAKE LOUISE, CANADA - DECEMBER 05: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 05, 2015 in Lake Louise, Canada. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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“I always feel self-conscious,” Vonn told CNN’s Alpine Edge show.

“I’m probably the least confident person off the slopes that you’ll find, shockingly enough. I feel like when I get on red carpets and stuff, it’s kind of like I’m playing a role.

“I feel like I’m dressed up and it’s an alter-ego almost, whereas in real life I’m pretty shy and I’m not super-confident all the time, which is weird.

“I definitely feel out of place sometimes on the red carpet.”

She says her strenuous workout regimes may help her put on muscle, which helps her deal with the demands of the ski season, but make her wary of the way she looks.

It wasn’t until meeting U.S. comedienne Amy Schumer on the celebrity social circuit that she began to feel more comfortable with herself.

“I’m just bigger – I’m a big girl,” Vonn said. “One of the best things about meeting Amy Schumer was that she was a little bit bigger.

“We were comparing our butt sizes and we were like three times bigger than anyone else at this fashion show we were at.