'Dancing' Pro Lacey Schwimmer Fights Back Against Weight Criticism

“Dancing With the Stars” professional Lacey Schwimmer is standing strong following comments her fellow pros recently made about her weight in the media.

“As a woman, and a dancer, I am confident and happy with the way I look,” Lacey, who in her first “DWTS” season is partnered with former *NSYNC star Lance Bass, told Access Hollywood. “While it is unfortunate that two of my colleagues were compelled to express opinions about my body, and the bodies of other talented women on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I suppose they are entitled to them.”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, last week, professionals Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Louis Van Amstel, expressed their dissatisfaction with the figures of Cheryl Burke and Lacey.

“When I first saw these women this season, I said, ‘Guys, you know the camera adds 10 pounds,’” Maks previously told TV Guide. “‘You have to do something about this.’”

And Louis, who is not on “DWTS” this season, but was paired with Priscilla Presley in Season 6, was also critical of his female counterparts.

”[People] look at this show to be inspired and think, ‘If I just work hard enough, I can look like that,” Louis also told TV Guide. “If they watch someone who’s dancing her butt off and she’s still heavy, they can be discouraged. You have to take that responsibility.”

As for Lacey, who is reportedly still recovering from a knee surgery last year, she is ready to inspire fans watching at home, regardless of her fellow pros comments.

“[I]… will focus on my work and being the best partner possible for Lance, and hopefully set an example for any girl watching who wants to dance — no matter what size she is or what she may look like,” Lacey’s statement to Access concluded.

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