The gorgeous and talented Kate Winslet has been in the public eye for decades, and she’s been an advocate for positive body image for about as long–but, she recently told Vanity Fair Italia, as long as it still needs to be discussed, she’s not tired of talking about it. Particularly because, despite the fact that she’s come to love her curvy figure, she knows that younger women are still hugely impacted by negative talk and images of expected perfection.
A critic of airbrushing who’s never been afraid to speak her mind, Winslet is frequently asked in interviews about body image and self-esteem–but when the interviewer for Vanity Fair asked her if she was sick of talking about it, she gave a truthful answer:
Better say that I’m bored of what it means that we are still here talking about it: it means that nothing has changed. Otherwise, no, I believe it is important to go on insisting that normality is not what we are exposed to.
Winslet also had a few things to say about her own experience with negative feelings, low self esteem, and the constant criticism of her body by the media:
When I was twenty I pretended it didn’t bother me, but I felt very bad, I did. In front of journalists and the public I acted superior, but I was dying inside.
But probably the most memorable line is one that, if taken out of context could sound kind of negative and mean–but is, in reality, a huge truthbomb by a woman who grew up feeling like a fat kid:
It’s true that you need much time to get rid of the fat girl you once were, but – you know – I am sincerely grateful for my buttocks. Wow, isn’t this a wonderful line?
“Get rid of the fat girl” may, at first blush, sound body-shaming, but as a former fat kid myself, I don’t think she’s talking about weight loss; I think she’s referring to the fact that that’s something that always stays with you. Being an overweight child or teen can be much more mortifying than many adults realize–and it can take some time and serious self-love to overcome the feelings that go with it.
Vogue may be dressing its magazines up in a body-positive costume this month (and truly, it is just a thin disguise), but Vanity Fair‘s Italian edition knocked it out of the park this month with Kate Winslet’s wise words.
Image: Rafael Stahelin for Vanity Fair