The Daily Mail just reported on Jennifer Aniston‘s interview with InStyle, wherein the actress basically says she’s worried about how old she’s getting, and how much weight she needs to lose. If this doesn’t prove that Hollywood judges women against too-harsh ideals, I don’t know what does.
Aniston is 43 and, by most accounts, looks insanely hot regardless. And from her interview, it sounds like she’d feel pretty good about it if it weren’t for the pressures of her industry:
‘You know what makes me feel old? When I see girls who are twenty-something, or the new crop of actresses and think, “Aren’t we kind of the same age?” You lose perspective.
‘Or being offered the part of a woman with a 17-year-old child. It’s like, “I’m not old enough to have a 17-year-old!” Then you realise, well, yeah, you are.
But she adds: ‘I don’t feel my age. I feel young every day.’
She also gets her fair share of admiration for her body, but even there she’s found room for discontent:
‘I don’t make resolutions, but I quit smoking recently and it put a couple of pounds on me that are hard to lose,’ she says. ‘Everybody says it’s normal, but I’d like to get rid of them!’
Aniston is one of the most successful faces in Hollywood; constantly praised for both how well she’s aging and how great her body looks. So either she’s being self-deprecating (because, you know, that’s what successful women do to make themselves likable), or the pressures of Hollywood are giving her some really warped self-esteem complexes. I don’t know what’s more disheartening.