Tuesday, December 4, 2007

J. Love Loves Her Size 2 Body. Did You Hear That, World? She's a Size 2!

Jennifer Love Hewitt has come out swinging in response to the "unflattering" published photos of her in a bikini (otherwise known as Badonkgate). "I've sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women's bodies are constantly scrutinized, " the Ghost Whisperer star writes on her blog. "To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image...A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn't make you beautiful."

Yay to Jennifer for talking back. I do believe she genuinely wants to send a positive message to girls. I have to throw in my (size) 2 cents here, though. Yes, Hollywood has been drinking the diet Kool-Aid for far too long. And yes, it is insane that J. Love's body became the subject of such ridicule. But listen closely and you'll catch the point where her offense turns into defense. She's itty bitty! She's a SIZE 2, everyone! Those pictures were taken from a bad angle!

Not too long ago, Tyra's beach photos ended up in the tabloids. She also wanted to protect young girls from being influenced by the mean-spirited snark flying in her direction. So she went on national television to make a tearful, impassioned speech, telling all the haters to kiss her fat ass. She just happened to make that speech in the same bathing suit she was photographed in, thus proving that her ass was not as fat as it appeared in those pics. But what if she really did have a big booty? And what if Jennifer wore a size 4, 6, or something larger? Would either celebrity have jumped so quickly to advertise her measurements as part of her pro-body acceptance platform?

I suppose all the mixed messages really boil down to the fact that these are women with some good intentions, hurt feelings, and bruised egos. By going public with their stalkarazzi frustrations, Jennifer and Tyra have drawn attention to just how crazy it is to work in Hollywood--a place producer Clifford Streit describes as "a sea of desperation surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel."

In an industry where thinness and beauty are job requirements, actresses can make headlines when they critique those pressures. And while they've got the microphone, it's not hard to understand why they feel cornered into reassuring the world (and casting directors) that they are, in reality, still thin and beautiful.


Allison K. said...

Yes, you have definitely nailed the mixed messaging here -- this would work nicely as a spin on the classic Seinfeld episode where the classic "...not that there's anything wrong with that" originated.

"I'm not fat! ...not that there's anything wrong with that."

I think (HOPE) what J.Lo.Hew. is trying to say is that being a size 0 doesn't make you beautiful, but neither does being a size 2, 6, 10, 12, 16 or anything in between or beyond.

Working -- and fighting a little bit -- to love our bodies, as she proudly does, is what makes us beautiful, and that can't be measured by a number.

Claire said...
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Claire said...

Exactly! "My thighs aren't that big. Not that there's anything wrong with that..."

I do give Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot of credit for speaking up. Girls and young women especially need to get the message that all this mean-spirited body scrutiny and snark is flat-out toxic. She's making it clear that these nasty comments don't just fall on deaf ears. They have a damaging effect on real people with real feelings.

PunditMom said...

I say eating well is the best revenge -- you can't eat well and be a size 2!