Amanda Seyfried, the beautiful mermaid-like actress, got really candid with Elle UK about some serious subjects, like mental health and body image. We’ll be talking about her views on the pressure to be thin as an actress and a woman. Seyfried has a valuable perspective as a direct recipient of the intense stress of Hollywood limelight gives us, the non famous, a powerful glimpse into the mind of someone we usually only see on the big screen.
Seyfried has in the past discussed a brutal diet to maintain her figure. In Elle UK, she revealed new aspects of her diet and fitness regiment. Apparently she works out for an hour a day and does “the occasional raw diet for a single week, just to cleanse.” Honestly, that doesn’t seem so unhealthy compared to the juice cleanses, starvation and excessive exercise we’ve come to expect from stars. Despite her body conscious eating habits, Seyfried does admit to indulging in a few vices:
“Emotionally, I need sugar in my life. I like wine. And coffee.”
Me too! I wish I could let go of sugar, wine and coffee for my health, but I can’t…emotionally.
Seyfried has discussed the need to be thin in her business with a frank and refreshing candor before. Many other starlets and on screen ingenues make what goes on behind-the-scenes regarding their beauty seem effortless, concealing what it takes to look like a movie star. Not Seyfriend, she is honest about the hard work and a serious mental toll it takes to have your paychecks so heavily dependent on your appearance.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t constantly aware of what I’m doing with my body.”
There’s a bizarre comfort in knowing that even the exceptionally attractive can be consumed by what their bodies’ look like. Normal women feel pressure to be thinner by looking at images of Seyfriend and other actresses, but apparently actresses feel pressure to be thinner by looking at models:
“I don’t have to look like a supermodel. I don’t have to have those abs – the camera doesn’t see that. But because we have all been designed to want these things, I’m a victim of this stuff, too”
She’s right. We have all been groomed to want perfect abs and lean limbs like models–even models; remember the time Cindy Crawford said she doesn’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford? Do to makeup, lighting, photoshop, smoke, mirrors and other tricks of the trade, everyone in our society is subjected to impossibly flawless images that cannot be achieved. What a shame that even an actress like Seyfried who has worked as a model (for Givenchy in 2013, for example) gets down on herself because her body doesn’t look like that of a typical fashion model.
“Thank god for Kate Upton. She’s a supermodel. She has curves. She’s like the new image of beauty and thank god.”
I’ll ignore the use of the word curves which makes me want to vomit, because I still like the point Seyfried is making. Kate Upton may be tall and slender and by all means unattainably gorgeous, but she is bringing a fleshier body type to the aspirational fashion world. We can’t pretend as though Upton is completely overhauling the fashion industry, but we also can’t pretend she is just like the other models.
H/T The Daily Mail