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Kate Winslet on Real Bodies

February 7, 2009

Reader Ashley sent me this link today. I knew I liked Kate Winslet, but man, what an awesome lady. Check it out, it’s everything this site is about and more!

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13 Responses to “Kate Winslet on Real Bodies”

  1. Alessandra Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Kate Winslet is my new hero. It is so incredibly refreshing to hear someone who is so honest, and yet inspiring. Go Kate! I wish her nothing but the best.

  2. taiyo Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I really enjoyed watching this, and I admire Kate Winslet, too. I was disappointed by that Vanity Fair article, though, and what she says in it concerning her body image/weight loss. If she is serious about wanting to dispell the myth around celebrity perfection, I think she should have more to say about the airbrushing/touching up that is done to her own photos. And she also looks about thirty pounds lighter than she did when she started out. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you can’t have it both ways (love your body, but love your body more when it’s skinny.)

    “In the past, the actress has served as a notable exception to the rule about Hollywood weight obsessions, her full figure celebrated as proof that not all leading ladies have to be stick-thin to be successful. In Winslet’s teens, her weight fluctuated dramatically; at one point she stood five feet six inches and weighed nearly 200 pounds. But now the baby fat from her early years is gone, and after having two children, her body has settled into itself, giving rise to those beautiful cheekbones and gorgeous curves. (She doesn’t profess to be much of a gym rat. “Everyone can commit to 20 minutes,” she says of working out, “especially if there’s a glass of Chardonnay afterwards.”)”
    (from article)

    Here’s the link to the whole thing:
    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/12/winslet200812?currentPage=1

  3. taiyo Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “Her body has settled into itself” after having two kids? This is the kind of crap I want to dispell.

  4. Jamie Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Ahh I LOVE Kate Winslet!! Shes so down to earth and awesome. Doesn’t try to hide a thing. ;)

  5. jen Says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    LOVE KATE! She has such a great attitude! Thanks for posting this Bonnie!

  6. Berni Says:
    February 9th, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Love her!!! I think shes great.

  7. jo Says:
    February 9th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    You know when i read this article by Kate Winslet I did a little cheer, yeah! A nicely curved woman in the public eye dispelling the myths of ‘the perfect body’. A few weeks ago I was passing by the magazine rack at my local drugstrore and happened to see Kate on a magazine. She had lost quite a bit of weight and was looking pretty buff. Ah I thought what happened to ” I like my curves and being womanly’? It’s so disappointing when someone talks the talk and doesn’t walk the walk. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that the weight loss was for a movie role or maybe an intestinal parasite…

  8. Emily Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 6:40 am

    This is so true! It brought tears to my eyes to hear what she had to say. Far too often we are fed the image of celebrity Mom’s parading around in a bikini and wearing a size two not even six weeks after giving birth. She is the first one to really come out and say something, not only does my body look like this but it’s okay, it’s normal, it should be celebrated and talked not swept under the rug and ignored. What a great step forward for women and young girls!

  9. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I did not see the photos of her after having lost weight, but the fact that she lost weight took absolutely NOTHING away from what she said, IMO. For one thing, we don’t know why she lost weight – maybe it *was* for a role, or maybe she is struggling with a health problem like her thyroid, or maybe she’s simply become more active recently. The fact, IMO, is that she is standing up for women everywhere and I don’t see why she has to physically look a certain way to make that valid.

    Just my thoughts. Peace. :)

  10. taiyo Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I imagine she lost weight because of the enormous pressure of being a Hollywood star. It must be terrible. I’m not discrediting her for losing weight, it’s just that her message of “Love yourself the way you are” and the images of her on the covers of recent magazines do not correspond. I really enjoyed the video clip, though. I just think that it’s sad that if that’s the way she feels and the message she wants to get across that she still has to mold her body to Hollywood’s ideal. We’re caught in this bind…

  11. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I would agree that it would be sad and hard for her to be caught up in the middle between what she wants for herself (to accept herself and help others love themselves) and what she craves (to look pretty in the eyes of the world). But isn’t that where we all are? Maybe not all of us, but it is certainly where I am.

    I have seen airbrushing stuff before – websites and such that show us how dramatic the differences are. Even still, it was so very powerful for me to hear it from a celebrity’s own mouth. Regardless of what she looks like, I think just saying those words will help a great many people. After all, even thin people may not always look perfect.

  12. shannon Says:
    September 13th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    It’s perfectly possible to Love your body and want it to be in shape at the same time… She’s not saying that you shouldn’t work out or wear makeup, she is saying that NO ONE IS PERFECT! All the Actresses are being airbrushed.. This doesn’t mean that she is contradicting herself if she gets in shape.. What’s with the bashing?

  13. Megan Says:
    October 20th, 2011 at 5:26 am

    If she doesnt like the way celebrities make women (like her own daughters) feel then she shouldnt portray herself as she did in the vanity fair article. Shes a hypocrite. I loved my body two when I was a size 4. And I would love it again if I could ever get back there. I’m sure we would all love our bodies if we looked like her. Shes a hypocrite spouting out public relations garbage to win the votes of “fat” people in the celebrity world.

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