I'm so happy to hear that Kate Upton apparently responded to the recent, ridiculous criticism of her weight. ("Pro-skinny" websites called Upton "fat" and "squishy" with "floppy boobs" and "huge" thighs.) Considering the way other starlets have handled similar flack (by going mysteriously M.I.A. for a month or two and returning suddenly svelte), I'm happy that she responded at all, but I'm especially happy about the way she handled the haters:
"I'm not going to starve just to be thin," Upton reportedly said. "I want to enjoy life and I can't if I'm not eating and miserable."
Good for you, Kate! And good for girls in general. Make no mistake: Upton's simple, blunt reply is actually way more meaningful than you might think ...
Because Upton didn't defend her curves by issuing some sanitized, nutritionally-correct statement about how even though she's not a stick figure, she's still committed to (insert latest celeb diet/exercise fad here). She didn't stoop to somehow apologizing for -- gasp! -- wanting to actually ENJOY LIFE.
And that's a big deal. Why? Well, what most people don't realize is that eating disorders are about more than just being thin. Girls aren't making themselves sick simply to look good in a pair of skinny jeans. Eating disorders are about perfection. They're about control. If Kate Upton had responded to the body-bashing with a sermon attributing her voluptuous figure to macrobiotics or a strict vegan regime or weekly juice fasts, she would've been validating that same obsessive-compulsive drive to be superhuman. To be Gwyneth Paltrow. (Sorry to beat a dead horse here, but y'know?)
Instead, Upton was like, "Yeah, so I like to eat. What of it?"
There you go, pro-skinny haters. Chew on that!
What do you think of Kate Upton's response to critics who called her fat?