We Need More Skinny Actresses


Some actresses are finally coming out and acknowledging that it takes a superhuman effort to look the way they do. So much of an effort, as a matter of fact, that they are always feeling hungry and pretty much never eat what they want.

Even the gorgeous, intelligent Julianne Moore deals with it, she told Yahoo! recently:

"I still battle with my deeply boring diet of, essentially, yogurt and breakfast cereal and granola bars. I hate dieting. I hate having to do it to be the 'right' size. I’m hungry all the time.”

She continued, “I think I’m a slender person, but the industry apparently doesn’t. All actresses are hungry all the time, I think.”

No thank you. Hearing that is bad enough, but looking at photos of some of these women is exactly like looking at scary plastic surgery photos.

If you can tell from looking at them that they live on chicken breasts and lettuce and/or have carved up their perfect faces, the effect is not at all what they were hoping ... and is actually sometimes unnerving.

Even though these women are held up as the impossible standards of beauty to which we all must aspire, in some ways their hungry looks are good for us; we look at them and can say, in no uncertain terms, that we would absolutely not want to look that way.

And also ... hey, at least they admit they are hungry all the time and can't eat enough to satisfy their appetites if they want to look the way they do. I'd take that over the typical starlet's "Oh no, I eat like a horse and do yoga twice a week to look like this." Sure, if by "like a horse" you mean lots of apples and carrots and by "yoga" you actually mean "an hour of cardio followed by weights followed by yoga."

It would be nice if actresses were allowed to feed their bodies what they need instead of depriving them, but at least we can learn from their bad example and be smart about our own bodies.


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Jessica Birch

...because it's completely unheard of and impossible to be thin without living off apples and carrots and doing hours of cardio, right? I'm so sick of this outlook.  I'm getting kind of sick of this whole site, actually. Posts from the stir dominate my feed and they're all so shallow and catty. all the freaking time.

Just because some people feel that they need to starve themselves to appear beautiful (which is a problem in and of itself) does NOT mean they ALL do.

Not EVERYONE who is thin and "claims" they eat like a horse is lying. In my experience, that's just something insecure people tell themselves: that all thin girls are miserable. Not so. 

And until women can be happy enough with THEMSELVES that they don't need to take jabs at other women like this, we're all lost. 

sweet... sweetheart1985

Okay, Jessica, you're free to move on. Seriously. No one will be sad to see you go.

As for the post, I agree. That gene that allows you to eat whatever you want is rare. Not all actresses have it. And the ones that do, most likely aren't seeing the effects anymore after the age of 30, which most on this list are included in that.

I wish these women didn't feel like they have to be so small. All it would take is a few actresses standing up and saying no... I'm not going to starve myself. 

It's already happening too, with the amazing older ladies who refused plastic surgery and the like. Jamie Lee Curtis is my hero. I love how comfortable she is with herself.

And back to Jessica. I realize thin girls aren't miserable. But they are REALLY annoying when they're around their heavier friends and claim that they're getting fat. Seriously? I don't know if anything annoys me more than when people do that to me.

tazdvl tazdvl

Not all actresses starve themselves, some watch what they eat and exercise......nothing wrong with that.

kiwords kiwords

I think it's one thing to be "normal person skinny" and a whole different thing to be "actress skinny." Often, what looks lovely onscreen looks emaciated irl. Some people maintain normal skinny just fine, without much effort. I don't think that's what the author is objecting to, here.

Sultr... SultryLadyBug

We need more realistic body types to be displayed and if that just happens to be a realistically skinny actress so be it.

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