Denise Richards, 51, doesn't see herself as a sex symbol: 'Not at all'

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Denise Richards has a complicated relationship with the term “sex symbol.”

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The actress broke out with sizzling appearances on “Melrose Place” in 1996 and a starring role in the 1997 sci-fi satire, “Starship Troopers.” Richards also joined the ranks of "Bond girls" in the "The Worlds Is Not Enough" in 1999.

Despite her sexy roles, it seems that Richards has never thought of herself in that way.

In a recent interview with Yahoo, it was noted that a recent stars and stripes bikini shot of Richards that husband Aaron Phypers took was, well, eye-catching. Richards repsonded, “I’m grateful that my husband can take a picture of me in a bikini, or whatever, but I don’t see myself as a sex symbol. Not at all.”

“I don't think I realized what the magnitude of that was,” she continued, reflecting back on her early days. “I'd walk by seeing myself on magazine covers and stuff and [be] like, Oh, that’s not me. I'm in, like, my jeans, a T-shirt, at the grocery store. I see myself that way.”

Nearly 25 years after her star turn in the steamy thriller “Wild Things" alongside Neve Campbell, Richards recently found herself in some new era controversy.

Her 18-year-old daughter Sami Sheen decided to join Only Fans, a pay site that, as Yahoo reported, is “often associated with sexually explicit content.” This did not sit well with some fans or Sami’s father and Richards’ notorious ex, Charlie Sheen.

Not only did Richards publicly support her daughter, she soon joined Only Fans herself, claiming that she feels the site allows users to control the “narrative of their own content,” and offer more engagement with fans.

Charlie Sheen soon came around to accept the whole situation.

“I also wanted to support my daughter,” she added, “because I felt it was unfair that she was getting so much backlash being on there. I educated myself and if I didn't agree, I would not have joined.”

What she’s not quick to defend for her daughter is cosmetic surgery, which Richards had famously dabbled in, but currently regrets.

“I tell them, if I could do it all over again,” said the former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, “I would not have had implants. As far as Botox and fillers, I move my face too much.”

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Working out though is a longtime staple for the actress.

“When I was working out,” Richards said, “I would never use the words ‘being in shape,’ or anything like that — it was just, ‘be healthy.’ So that’s something I instilled in my girls from a very young age. I think it’s important, especially now, for us to embrace our bodies and be strong — to be empowering, and owning it.”

Richards has been owning it of late, as she’s currently starring as a “very strong, powerful boss” in the new romantic comedy, “Love Accidentally,” the first original film from Amazon Freevee, a new rebranded channel (formerly known as IMDB TV) available through Amazon Prime.

“Anyone that exudes confidence is, to me, so sexy,” Richards concluded. “Beauty really, truly is from within.”

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