3 Celebs Fight Back About Their Weight
Christina Hendricks is tired of talking about her weight. The 37-year-old "Mad Men" star was in Australia doing a press junket recently when Kate Waterhouse, fashion editor for Australia’s Sun-Herald, asked her to recount the most memorable way she inspired someone as a full-figured woman. In the video you see Hendricks laugh uncomfortably and look away. What you don’t see or hear is her saying, off-camera, “I think calling me full-figured is just rude.” Waterhouse apparently missed that as well because of instead of changing the topic, she merely rephrases her question. Watch what happens below.
Hendricks is the latest in a string of celebrities pushing back against criticism about their bodies. On October 2, "America’s Next Top Model" host Tyra Banks tweeted this Instagram photo of herself with the message, “Check the juicy muffintop on my back! #AssMaintainence #PerfectIsBoring”. And late last month Lady Gaga launched a new section on her Little Monsters website called “Body Revolution 2013,” seemingly in response to the recent attacks in the press about her 25-pound weight gain. As part of the movement, Gaga invited fans to post pictures of themselves online that celebrate their triumph over insecurity. She kicked off the campaign by posting un-retouched photos of herself in a bra and underwear and a message about her past struggles with bulimia and anorexia. Thousands of “little monsters” have responded to Gaga’s challenge, to which she wrote:
My weight/loss/gain since I was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have. My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when I eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks, I'm happy. Happier then I've ever been. I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size.
How do you feel in your skin? If you could use some help in the confidence department, try these three tips:
Improve Your Body Language. For starters, crack a smile. There’s good evidence that just smiling and looking like you’re happy can make you feel happier, likely due to the social consequences of having a sunny disposition. In other words, if you look cheerful, people will be nicer to you.
Paint a Prettier Mental Picture. Instead of cutting yourself down in the mirror and making mental notes about your flabby arms or sagging stomach, turn negative self-talk into something more positive, even if it’s something you don’t believe right away, suggests Sarah Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life: 5 Steps to End Body Oppression and Start Living Happily and Confidently. “Say I like my arms because they are strong, and if you start liking yourself and liking parts of your body, you will want to do good things for them, such as [a strength-training workout],” she says.
Enjoy a Night Out with Friends. As silly as it sounds, your best friend may be one of your best assets. In a survey conducted by Tupperware, 85% of respondents—women ages 18 and older—said that in the long run, a supportive network of female friends was more likely to boost body confidence than having an attractive appearance.
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