We’ve lauded Octavia Spencer for being honest about Hollywood body pressures, but her new plans to give herself a post-Oscar boob lift leave us feeling conflicted. At the SAG Awards earlier this month, she was frank about how her weight impacts her career in Hollywood, and explained that she’s working wit ha personal trainer for health reasons and not because she’s giving into pressures to be thin. Overall, she seemed to be emphasizing the importance of health and a positive body image to her fans, but her plans to go under the knife just seem to muddle the message.
When asked if she’s planning to give herself a splurge gift after such a big year in her career, Spencer, 41, told Parade that she’s looking forward to getting her youth back through her boobs:
Well, I am going to get my boobs lifted. That’s going to be my first gift. I’m going to do that. I figured going into my forties I want my boobs where they were when I was 17.
She’s even worked out her post-Oscars schedule to make sure that she has time to get them done between filming. When asked if she’s getting them done pre- or post-Oscars, she answered:
Oh definitely post because right after the Oscars I start a Diablo Cody movie. We’re taping out of the country for four months so I wouldn’t be back here until about August. So I would want to do this around November. Then that way I could just relax until January.
Like her statement that being overweight makes you “less valuable,” at the SAG Awards, it’s hard not to cringe at the hard truth of what she’s saying. It’s tempting to wag a finger at Spencer for surgically altering her body in order to look younger, and honestly, I think the trend of rewarding yourself with plastic surgery is pretty unhealthy.
But we can’t say that Spencer isn’t honest about her body. And if we’re to believe her recent statement about her body goals, she seems to have a reasonable grip on how she wants to look:
I’m not trying to be a thin mint. I’m just trying to be healthy and look good for me. So another 15 pounds and I will be fine.