"It was hard to go to the Met ball [last May], with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner," the blond beauty reveals to the mag. "It's difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. That's always tough. I don't envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people."
So, what does Vonn want to do to help these women?
"I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger," the athlete says. "It's sexy and beautiful to be strong."
Vonn, who has struggled with depression in the past, admits that she's "the happiest she's ever been."
"A part of me is missing when I can't ski, but I've learned there's more to define me and make me happy, like stand-up paddling and Jet Skiing--things I'd never done before," Vonn explains. "Or being with people I love and just enjoying life."
And speaking of people she loves, Vonn credits her 37-year-old beau with helping her stay patient through rehabbing her knee.
"Golf is all about patience—one tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day," she says of Woods. "He helped me take it one day at a time. I'd say, 'Why can't I do this? I want to!' And he'd say, 'You'll get your chance. It will come.' We're good for each other. I don't know what he's learned from me, to be honest. But we push each other and help each other when we're down."
Like most athletes, the duo does gets competitive.
"We're pretty competitive in everything we do: tennis, Ping-Pong, who wakes up earlier," Vonn says. "I lose more than I win, but I try! He always beats me walking to the car."