Jennifer Lopez Was Brave to Fire Manager Who Told Her to Lose Weight

jennifer lopez glamourWhen it comes to celebrity bodies, there are just a few I wouldn't mind having. Gisele Bundchen, for starters. Jennifer Aniston. And most definitely Jennifer Lopez. Her curves make me uber-envious. Which is exactly why I am dumbfounded after sneaking a peek at the December issue of Glamour -- where one of the mag's Women of the Year told Jane Fonda that a former manager said she should lose weight.

"I was just so infuriated that somebody said you couldn't have a little extra meat on you -- because I was by no means fat! That was so mean and close-minded," said Lopez.

Apparently, said manager didn't understand who he (she?) was dealing with and was promptly fired. Lopez was one of the first not-so-skinny actresses/singers to come 'round. She made it cool not to be rail thin. And really, if it weren't for the J.Lo types of stars out there right now, plenty of "real women" would be a lot more self-conscious about their looks.


It takes some serious gusto to stand up for yourself when someone comments on your size, or any personal feature for that matter. When I was heavier-set, I didn't have the confidence to stand up for myself when I heard snide comments about my weight. It wasn't until I lost some serious pounds for me to realize how strong a person I was, inside and out. Knowing how tough it can be, I applaud Lopez for her courage to speak her mind. When her ex-manager said she should slim down, she told Glamour:

I was like, no, this is who I am, and this is the type of woman that I grew up with, and it was beautiful and there's no reason to be anybody but myself.

It must be even more difficult to accept your "flaws" when you're in the spotlight. If you ask me, it's because of stars with voluptuous bodies like Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Christina Hendricks that women with curves are more accepted these days. I'd even go so far as to say those celebrities have made "dieting" a completely different venture. Whereas when I was growing up, I wanted to be just like skinny-minnie Mischa Barton. Today I'd so much rather be curvy and, well, more realistic.

Still, so many women put themselves through tortuous behavior trying to get that stick-thin Hollywood bod. Props to J. Lo for realizing that losing a few pounds isn't something that would work for her. If you don't feel good about yourself, it won't matter how skinny you are. The important thing to remember, whether you're Jennifer Lopez or a regular woman like me, is that you need to be comfortable in your skin and live a healthy lifestyle. If for Lopez that means a little extra oomph, all the more power to her.

What do you think about J. Lo's decision to stick up for herself about her weight?


Image via Glamour

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