Jewel Says She's Flattered People Consider Her "Hot", After She Was Originally Called a "Chubby Renee Zellweger"

JEWEL is 39 years old now, and she looks great.  But in the 18 years since she released her debut album, "Pieces of You", Jewel says she's had trouble dealing with the public perception of her looks.


She tells the "Huffington Post", "It's weird.  I never thought a snaggle-toothed, big nosed girl from Alaska would [be considered 'hot'], but I enjoy it, especially as I've gotten older.  I've just gotten more comfortable in my skin."


Jewel adds that she's "pretty lucky," because she doesn't feel that her career ever depended on how she looks, but it wasn't always easy.  She says, "When I first came on the scene I was probably 15 or 20 pounds heavier . . .


"And they said I was the chubby RENEE ZELLWEGER.  It's a hard thing to live through, but I was very dedicated to not developing an eating disorder, and not becoming a drug addict because, to me, they weren't longtime solutions.


"You have to go on your journey and you have to find that love for yourself."  (Here's video of Jewel's comments. )